Henry ”The Ops Guy” Chen
Responsibilities at Drawbridge: I lead the Tech Ops team at Drawbridge. My team is responsible for all production infrastructure and IT. We work with lots of open-source technology and constantly improve on system automation.
With a small team, we manage infrastructure in three data centers; hosting a platform infrastructure serving 200K+ queries per second and three Hadoop clusters with 1PB+ of storage capacity and 3K+ CPU of computing capacity.
Background: I spent eight years with a previous startup (acquired), then Yahoo!, then Proofpoint (IPO’d), and have been with Drawbridge for almost three years.
While at Yahoo!, I led the effort to design and deploy the next generation of the Display Advertising serving platform and a self-serve Inventory Management System. After learning about online advertising at Yahoo!, Drawbridge’s vision to solve the cross-device problem made complete sense. I was working on my MBA when Drawbridge called, but I felt it was a real exciting opportunity I couldn’t pass up. It’s fascinating to see what our data scientists are solving each day!
Interests Outside of Drawbridge: When I want to be active, I enjoy exploring trails with my mountain bike. When I want something to relax me, yet frustrate me at the same time, I take up golf. Working at a startup, sleep is never enough… so I’m definitely interested in that.