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When I look at every wave of computing — be it the advent of mobile or the Internet — there’s a core theme of their underpinnings. The power behind the most impactful technologies, though often invisible, has been robust developer platforms. These platforms spur innovation, creativity and collaboration at a truly global scale and speed up development to keep up with the rapidly-evolving market and customer demands.

At the same time, data — in all of its forms — is the heart of nearly every enterprise. More and more companies are tapping into sophisticated data analytics and ML-enriched applications to innovate faster, increase profitability and stay steps ahead of their competition. I truly believe that enabling every organization to build these capabilities will unleash impact in life-changing ways, ranging from improving transportation logistics to driving sustainability to powering the discovery and accessibility of life-saving drugs.

Opportunities to build a platform with this impact potential only come along so often. And it’s no secret that I have a big passion for developer platforms — something I was fortunate to really dig into during my time at Google, where I led the Actions on Google platform. That’s why, today, I’m thrilled to announce that I’ve joined Databricks as SVP of Engineering!

So, why Databricks? The prospect of helping to build such an impactful platform is compelling enough. But here are a few other reasons…

The pioneers of innovation: The opportunity to work with a team that has practically defined the space made Databricks irresistible. The Databricks Lakehouse platform — a new, open architecture that combines the best elements of data lakes and data warehouses to support all data-driven use cases for the modern enterprise. They bring a true platform mindset, which is reflected in the adoption of the platform and the vibrant developer community that they have nourished.

Customer-first mindset: Nearly every company works to be customer-focused, but customer obsession is unequivocally in Databricks’ DNA. At the highest level, Databricks’ platform is about bringing together data engineers, data scientists and analysts to solve some of the world’s toughest problems.

Massive adoption and marketing potential: With over 5,000 global customers — including more than 40% of the Fortune 500 — relying on Databricks’ Lakehouse platform for data engineering, machine learning and analytics, it’s clear that there’s a real need for what we’ve built.

The velocity of achievements Databricks has accomplished thus far is in many ways unprecedented. And this is just the beginning. I’m thrilled to be part of this journey.

Interested in joining Databricks?

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