We’re thrilled to welcome Dan Gaur to the Bigleaf team as our new Software Engineering Manager. With experience across a broad spectrum of tech companies — from 8-person startups building tools for deep packet inspection to large multinational corporations — Dan will play a significant role helping us deliver Bigleaf products to our customers faster.
As cloud and Internet-based technologies make reliable connectivity a business imperative, ensuring that connectivity works over every application, for every user no matter where they are, and over whatever ISP they are using, is critical. That’s our mission and it’s one we’re excited to have Dan on board to help make possible.
Please join us in welcoming Dan to the team. You can learn a little more about Dan in the Q&A below.
Q: What is your background working in the startup world?
I’ve worked across a broad spectrum of tech companies, from small startups to large multinational companies. In past lives, I worked at an 8-person startup building tools for deep packet inspection, and separately consulted for a cloud-management startup where the only “office” was the founder’s kitchen table in SE Portland.
Q: What attracts you to startup environments?
I enjoy the breadth and scope of working at small companies. You can (and usually have to) wear multiple hats in order to deliver a cohesive product to customers. There are always 1000 problems to solve, most of which have no owner or champion, so you can dive in and have a significant impact on the company, its products, and its customers.
Q: What interested you in Bigleaf Networks?
My engineering background tends toward low-level software, with a significant focus on high-speed networking. The technical side of Bigleaf allows me to return to those roots.
In addition, I liked the company’s trajectory and place on the growth curve. It’s not three engineers in a garage worrying if they can pay the electric bill tomorrow, but not so large that we need a committee to make any decisions. There are still plenty of opportunities to have an impact and to help steer the ship.
Q: What do you hope to accomplish in your role as Software Engineering Manager at Bigleaf?
The engineering team at Bigleaf has already built a great product in a short period of time with a relatively small staff. My goal here is to help the team reach the next level of success, to improve our engineering velocity and delivery, to provide an environment where the team can execute at full-speed to the best of its ability.
Q: What is one of your favorite things to do outside of work?
Most evenings and weekends, year-round, rain or shine, you can find me on the soccer field, coaching youth soccer with one of the competitive clubs in Portland.