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Mahesh Paolini-Subramanya
Works at Cielo24 Inc.
Attended University of Notre Dame
Lives in Austin, TX
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  • Cielo24 Inc.
    EVP Engineering, 2015 - present
    Responsible for Engineering and Product at cielo24, whose industry leading Searchable Captions™, Media Data and Media Intelligence platform is used in online education, enterprise, news and entertainment markets. Also responsible for corporate activities, including strategic planning, finance, and legal/regulatory functions.
  • Ubiquiti Networks
    V.P. R&D, Managing Director - Poland, 2012 - 2015
    Designed, delivered, and was responsible for AirCRM™- the massively-scaled cloud-based control and back-office suite for Ubiquiti’s industry leading AirMax™ product line, as well as UniFi Video™ - the hardware, software, and services that support Ubiquiti's video streaming platform. Along with the technical leadership, was also responsible for corporate activities, including strategic planning, finance, and legal/regulatory functions.
  • Vocalocity, Inc.
    CTO, 2011 - 2012
    Led the technology team and processes at Vocalocity through the merger with Aptela, resulting in it becoming the leading provider of mission-critical, cloud-based communication services for small businesses by the time the combined entity was acquired by Vonage. Maintained Vocalocity as a Deloitte Technology Fast 500 Company leading up to its acquisition by Vonage
  • Aptela, Inc
    CTO, 2000 - 2011
    Co-founded Aptela in 2000, and released one of the first cloud communications services in the small business space in 2001. Morphed this into the first Voice as a Service (VaaS) offering in 2003 and led Aptela into becoming one of the leading providers of mission-critical, hosted-PBX and video-communications services for small businesses by 2005. Grew Aptela into a Deloitte Technology Fast 500 Company from 2009 on. Successfully negotiated and completed a corporate merger with Vocalocity in 2011.
  • IBM
    Principal, 1999 - 2000
    Sold and managed Internet based solutions for IBM's Insurance customers in the Midwest and Eastern Seaboard
  • Neoglyphics
    VP, Business Development, 1997 - 1999
    Established the financial practice for the company, developing the first comprehensive set of frameworks and processes for the deployment of Java-based, mission-critical systems in the financial sector.
  • Proxicom
    CTO, 1994 - 1997
    Implemented a technology-based practice, which focused on leveraging Internet technologies to increase efficiencies in existing soft and hard corporate business processes. Transitioned the company from revenues of less than $500,000 per year to over $18 million per year. Oversaw the company’s operational infrastructure, growing the company’s headcount by 10x Led the team that implemented the worlds first e-commerce system for an online service provider, and the first web-based music store Won the first Gold Clio ever awarded to a website for the world’s first blogging service
  • Grey Haven, Inc.
    VP Development, 1993 - 1994
    Provided technology consulting services in Russia and Eastern Europe, primarily in the telecom and IT sector.
  • Notre Dame
    Senior Analyst, 1988 - 1993
    Built out the SPARCstation based UNIX infrastructure as part of the University's campus-wide computer modernization initiative. Led the development of the University's gopher services (InterWeb v0!) as well as the nascent Mosaic-based web.
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Brooklyn, NY - Jersey City, NJ - Chicago, IL - Washington, DC - Springfield, VA - Brookeville, MD - Osceola, IN - Southbend, IN - Mishawaka, IN - Bangalore, India - Kanpur, India - Montreal, Canada - Edmonton, Canada
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BigData, Cheese, Cooking, CouchDB, Dancing, Economics, Erlang, Fitness, India, Italy, Lambrusco, NoSQL, Scuba, SIP, Travel, Video, VoIP, Wine,
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Education
  • University of Notre Dame
    MSEE, 1986 - 1988
  • Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur
    BTech, EE, 1982 - 1986
  • Kendriya Vidyala IITK
    1976 - 1982
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R. I. P. Mr. Garibaldi
:-(
#Babylon5
Jerry Doyle -- best known for his role on "Babylon 5" -- died Wednesday.
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"""
"this is the big leagues. If you think any problem has a tweetable solution, you’re just wrong. If you think “border wall” or “muslims = bad” is gonna solve our problems, I don’t have time for your shit."
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#TheTruth 
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Whoa!
Joe!
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Rum+Curacao+Peanut+Lime
Tiki jar
Umbrella
(Yup, got all the bases covered) 
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#PorkBelly on coconut rice.
It's, happily, #WhatsForDinner 
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This may be lunch today.
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A small discourse on being American

"Where are you from?"
"Chicago"
"No, where are you really from?"

<pause, while I explore my options>

1) "Chicago. Really." <-- What I really believe. I mean, I've lived in Chicago longer than anywhere else in my life. Also, when I think "Home", I think "Chicago"
2) "Chicago dumbass" <-- What I'd like to say, but won't
3) "Chicago, but I lived in New York before I moved to Austin" <-- Its true, but kinda elides the point.
4) "Where are we all really from when you get down to it..." <-- If I'm just cheesed off, and want to avoid this whole conversation

<decision made. Go with 1>

"Chicago. Really".

<at this point one of a couple of things happens>

1) "Oh." <-- Increasingly common these days. Which is good. Unless I'm talking to a RealAmerican™, in which case, in some very very rare circumstances,
2) "Were you born there?" <-- But even if this happens, it is immediately followed by
3) "But your parents are from...?" <-- At this point, if I lie, and respond with "Chicago", they'll promptly come back with "But their parents were from India, right?". Mind you, I could go with "Oh, they were from Germany (or Finland. or whatever)", but that would just result in "And before that?". It really doesn't stop till it has been Established that somewhere back, one of my ancestors came from NotEurope™(or, more importantly, NotWhiteEurope™

<Assuming -2- or -3- above, the result is invariably>

"Ah, so you're Indian"
"Well, no, I'm American"
"But you were born in India"
"Yeah, but naturalized back in 2000 y'know? Pretty much think of myself as American."

<At this point, the conversation has pretty much devolved. I'm just continuing through sheer cussedness. So...>

1) "Ok" <-- This pretty much doesn't happen. In fact, it has never happened.
2) "Right, right. So you're Indian-American." <-- Sigh. Whatever. If you really insist. I mean, I'm not calling you a German-American, am I? But even this is kinda ok, compared to
3) "Ah, I thought you were Indian, but wasn't sure."

And that is pretty much where this sequence tends to end. I mean, the larger conversation does go on, especially because this is usually in some kind of business context, and its not like I really have much of a choice there (people depending on me, etc. etc.)

But these questions? These questions?

The picture above is of me, with my wife, who I dearly love.
I look pretty normal right? (Don't get into whatever the heck "normal" even means....)
I pretty much dress, well, like most anybody else that you'd see in Chicago / NYC / Austin / wherever.
Which doesn't actually mean anything, other than that I'm not walking around in tribal wear
And yes, picture whatever the heck you want that to mean
I've been told I don't have much of an accent (ok, I've actually been told that I don't have any accent, other than the usual "American English" one).
In fact, about the only distinguishing characteristic that I do have is that, well, I'm not white.
And I'll just leave it at that.

The bottom line here is that "Where are you really from" was not appropriate 30 years ago, and is not appropriate today.
Mind you, back then people didn't know any better, but that didn't make it OK.
But today, it is really, really, REALLY not appropriate. You should know better. About the only reason to actually go there is that to you I am not one of You. I am not American. I am the Other.

I was naturalized 16 years ago, in a federal courtroom in Chicago. The judge gave us 30 or so soon-to-be citizens a short speech about citizenship, about shared values, about America. I still remember the welcome in his voice, the pride in his tone, and the assurance in his words,
I still remember my joy when I signed the certificate of naturalization - when I internalized the reality that I was in, I was one of You, I was an American, I was an American.
Most of all, I remember the judge's parting words - "As Americans, going forward, your single most important right is the right to vote. More than that, it is your duty. Vote. Make your voice heard. Vote."

And that brings me to this election. Trump's entire campaign is based around making me, and people like me, the Other. To take everything that I love and cherish about this country and make it something that is not mine. Or even worse, make it something that, if I get to have any of, it is only because You are allowing me to do so. To take my achievements, such as they are, and turn them into something that I have taken from You.

Here's the thing though, this country is not his to take away from me. These rights are not his to give to me. For I am not the Other. I am You. I am this country. I am America. My love for this country is no less than Yours, my pride in this country is as valid as Yours, my vote is as powerful as Yours.

So yes, if you made it all the way here, in this coming election make sure that Trump loses.
And yes, I understand all about "protest votes" and the like, but every vote that isn't for Hillary Clinton is a vote that could help Trump win.
For the future of this country that we live in, for the good of this nation that we love, for the future of our people, make sure that doesn't happen.

Vote for Hillary Clinton.
Not for Jill Stein, not for Gary Johnson, and certainly not for Trump.
Vote for Hillary Clinton.
Lets keep this our country.
Vote for Hillary Clinton.
I intend to do so myself.

#Election2016 #Hillary2016 #Vote #BeingAmerican 
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heh. its quite lovely these days :-)
(admittedly, not everywhere, but definitely far far far better than it used to be...)
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#NightScape
Continue?
Or bed? 
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The Gig Economy - Part The Million
From email/spam hawking <something>
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Did you know that w-2 employees have wasted over 316,000,000 hours playing Ping Pong this year? You'll be amazed to know how many hours have been wasted in meetings!
Freelancers, on the other hand, only bill for productive time. The good news is that 20 million Americans will leave their full-time jobs to become freelancers by 2020.
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Riiiiight.
'Good news' indeed.
I love it when people spin the lack of health-care, safety-nets, and income as a benefit in the Brave New World of the Gig Economy.
#Sigh
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"Hong Kong" tantanmen.
It's #WhatsForLunch 
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Its big, its sports-bar-y, and unlike the version on Lavaca downtown, its airy. And its got an excellent selection of beers (and ok cocktails). The prices haven't gotten too up there, and the food, as usual, is a separate thing (you go the window on the side, and pay there). The food is bar-food (the po-boys aren't actually that good, but the buffalo-chicken is spot on). Sooo, make of this what you will. (FWIW, Ramen Jinya next door is really quite good :-) )
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The best soft-serve. EVER. Seriously - it is over the top good. Mind you, the baked goods (the cheese tart!) are flippin' awesome too. But the soft-server - oh, the soft-serve - is otherworldy good. Be prepared for lines though :-)
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Sapporo airport is awesome enough as it is (a fish market! more food than you can shake a stick at! Kintoya soft-serve! Cheesecake!), but this, well, takes the cake. Yeah, its all about the kids, but pretty awesomely cute too :-)
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The food is good. Not great, but not bad, and perfect for the ambience ("Austin Chill"). Its been around for a while, and is an excellent place to come hang out in the sun (not in the summer!) or under the trees (in the summer), have a few inexpensive but good beers ($3 during happy hour!), eat old-school Austin Eats, and just Chill. If you're from Austin, you know the place - if you're not, its worth going to check out
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So, you're in Hong Kong, and have you pick of the ∞ places that are cool, hot, chill, rocking, mellow, whatever. There really isn't that much of a reason to come here, with the exceptions of - The view is pretty cool, and - You're staying here, and - You want a nightcap That said, the service is nice, and the cocktails are really quite good.
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reviewed a week ago
This is - quite probably - one of the best airports to hang out in. Restaurants galore (w/ awesome ramen. Because...Sapporo), a full-on chocolate factory, all the Doraemon you could ever want, a fish market (really!), and a whole bunch more. It is brilliant! (For bonus points, a Kintoya Bake outlet, w/ the best soft-serve you'll ever have)
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Probably some of the best Ramen you can get in Austin. Which is not really a back-handed compliment - you can get some excellent ramen here...for the US. That said, this also has a lot to do with your taste-buds, and the style of Ramen that you like. The broths tend to be *thick* - think tantanmen doubled down - which is not necessarily bad, if its your cup of tea. I'm not morally opposed to it, so I love the place :-)
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