My personal mission is to create joy, and at Cuddli, our mission is to create joy by making people's lives more fun.
As the founder, Cuddli was my brainchild. I built...more the original team and shipped the first version of the product. As we scaled, I transitioned leadership to my cofounder, Pinguino Kolb. I remained chairman of the board and CIO.
MBA Candidate - I was enrolled in a full-time international MBA program based Rotterdam. I additionally participated in an exchange program and completed an internship at...more Citi. I graduated at the end of March, 2014.
I was the IT manager for Microsoft Research Asia, a world class research lab based in Beijing. However, this was not a traditional management role. I was also the most senior...more systems engineer at our company's Beijing site.
At MSRA I did conventional management and engineering work, but also enabled researchers and ran large public events. All of my skills (from IT to audio engineering to management to fixing completely random problems with research prototypes on the fly) were used in this job.
Responsible for every aspect of highly specialized, research-targeted IT service delivery throughout enterprise of over 500 users and approximately 1,800 servers. Directly...more managed team of seven engineers. Additionally responsible for Chinese Internet-facing services used by both MSRA and Bing China. Responsible for successful design and build-out of world-class IT and general scientific lab spaces in new Microsoft Beijing-West facility for MSRA. Successfully organized migration of all IT infrast
Operations Engineer Lead
2007 - 2010 (about 3 years)
- Technical lead for Microsoft Office IPO Labs, supporting all online properties for Office and associated business divisions. Responsible for organization spanning eight...more labs, with server count of approximately 3,600. Managed team of three lab engineers. Owned relationship between Office and Microsoft IT divisions for shared hosting services and managed all lab move projects into corporate IT space. This was a relatively new service delivery model at the time, requiring very close coordination
- Designed, deployed and maintained server infrastructure used by Office documentation team to create help content, Web pages and clip art. Deployed 11 new internal tools...more and services and integrated information technology assets of three acquired companies. Technical Writer, NetDocs and Exchange (2000 - 2002) - Created internal and external documentation for Exchange server, bCentral Communications Center and pilot project codenamed "NetDocs"
Founded Cuddli in 2014. I run the business side of the operation, and also manage our IT infrastructure. We first shipped in April, 2015.
Prior to Cuddli, I spent 13 years at Microsoft in a variety of technical roles in both Redmond and Beijing. Most recently, I was IT Manager for Microsoft Research Asia. It was a very fun role involving everything from managing large-scale media events to helping researchers successfully control their flying robots over the corporate network. While in Redmond, I also worked on what is now Office 365's core architecture while consolidating 7 test labs down to 3.
I have substantial experience in data center moves and have accomplished 5 of them in my career with no unplanned downtime.
Robert is an amazing person, inspiring to those around him. We've been friends for years, and worked on projects together before. He's incredibly intelligent and has a diverse and extensive technology background. His broad global experiences will give Cuddli an edge because he has an openminded understanding of the world and its tech challenges that is rare.