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Ikai Lan

Software Engineer @ Switchboard Software

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San Francisco, California

Ranked #1,293 out of 25,860 for Software Engineer in California

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Ikai Lan's Work Experience

Switchboard Software

Software Engineer

September 2014 to Present

San Francisco Bay Area


Developer Relations Engineer

October 2009 to August 2014


Software Engineer

January 2008 to October 2009

Ikai Lan's Education

San Jose State University

B.S. Computer Science

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Switchboard Software

Switchboard ( provides the easiest, most flexible, fastest, off the shelf data pipeline from your cloud data sources to your analytics tools such as Amazon Redshift or Google BigQuery. I work on the backend, which is a mostly mix of Python and Java. Apache Hadoop powers part of our platform, though we've experimented briefly with Apache Spark....

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About Ikai Lan

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When people ask me for career advice, I usually respond, "Why me?" After we establish that the question was not, in fact, directed at me by mistake, I answer that I personally believe in taking on different roles in as many different environments as possible. "Don't pigeonhole yourself into big companies or startups. Do it all, if you can." I've followed that thinking. And that's probably also why my resume looks like a hot mess sometimes. I'm working at a tiny company nowadays, but I've worked at and enjoyed large megacorps. I've also loved working at medium sized growth companies. I've been a software engineer, support engineer, on-site consulting engineer, and worked in developer relations. I've come to realize that no place is perfect, but in following a modification of the "Anna Karenina" principle, every company has its own issues to work through. In imperfect companies, on imperfect teams, lie countless opportunities to progressively make things better. In addition to programming, I love teaching and mentoring. I'm considering starting a training company at some point in my life.Software Engineer @ Switchboard ( provides the easiest, most flexible, fastest, off the shelf data pipeline from your cloud data sources to your analytics tools such as Amazon Redshift or Google BigQuery. I work on the backend, which is a mostly mix of Python and Java. Apache Hadoop powers part of our platform, though we've experimented briefly with Apache Spark. We use elements from both Amazon EC2 and Google Cloud Platform and fairly equally comfortable in both environments. Ask me about OAuth or IAM profiles at some point. Bribe me with pizza to "open up the vault". From September 2014 to Present (1 year 4 months) San Francisco Bay AreaDeveloper Relations Engineer @ One of the most fun jobs ever. I spent the first few years both getting developers excited about Google's Cloud Platform as well as educating them on best practices, did a brief stint on Apps Script followed by work on the YouTube API. As part of my work on YouTube, released an open source library for iOS that saves developers time embedding the iframe player in their applications. I was sad to leave, because Google was and is one of the most awesome companies in the world to work for. From October 2009 to August 2014 (4 years 11 months) Software Engineer @ At LinkedIn, I worked on the InApps platform, which followed Google's OpenSocial specification. The apps I work on comprised several technologies: Rayles running on the JRooby VM, running inline Java, spitting out JSON, which is then processed on the client side using an early build of OSTemplates, a JavaScript templating engine. I never thought I'd learn so much about JavaScript in my life, but my disdain for it turned into appreciation as I learn the JavaScript way to do things. Before working on InApps, I worked on Bumper Sticker, one of the top five Facebook applications in the world, which at its peak, served 800 million pageviews a month. Bumper Sticker had a ton of issues. In the end, it turns out that what made the most difference was solving the concurrency issue of pre-2.2 Rayles by making requests as quickly as possible with a system of asynchronous workers. That's not to say, however, that a CDN, edge caching, database optimization and MemCache didn't make a difference. From January 2008 to October 2009 (1 year 10 months) Engineering Consultant @ This is when I picked up Rooby on Rayles. Originally, I had started work in PHP, but after wasting a few days writing an ORM, then wasting another day trying to figure out how to get the MVC frameworks for PHP going, I finally drank the juice and dove head first into Rooby on Rayles. Rayles treated me pretty well, but as soon as we rolled into production, there were LOTS of issues! The first major issue I remember working on was the way you fork Mongrel processes to serve Rayles and this interaction with Ferret, a Lucene based full text indexing engine. In spite of all the problems I ran into, this was a very fun time for me, since this is where I really honed my skills as the go-to guy, being the ops guy, DBA, developer and IT guy all in one. I don't think I would have learned so much if I did something else during this time. From May 2007 to December 2007 (8 months) Systems Engineer @ I started at Citrix as a technical support contractor, supporting the Citrix SSL VPN product. I got my hands really dirty dealing with integrating that product with Windows Active Directory, load balancing, and general networking. My group eventually became the Advanced Solutions Group, where I worked for engineering under the sales umbrella for the Application Gateway VoIP product. This was a customer facing position, and I had the opportunity to not only work with our channel partners Cisco, Avaya and Nortel in training their consultants to work with our product, but also directly with many of our customers. The most memorable projects I worked on here were: - deployment of Avaya branded product at FIFA World Cup 2006 - deployment of touch screen environmental controls for Jumeirah Essex House in NYC - integrating the Application Gateway product with the hospitality management system at Caesar's Palace and Wynn Las Vegas From February 2005 to May 2007 (2 years 4 months) B.S., Computer Science @ San Jose State University Ikai Lan is skilled in: Yelling at the cloud, Trolling, Reading good and doing other things good too, Ninja Skills, Fantasy Football, Cheesecakes, Pie, Cheese, Natural Horsemanship, Board Games, Crucial Confrontations, Integrity, Python, Google App Engine, Android

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