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Usman Ghani

Entrepreneur • Advisor San Francisco Bay Area, US

Director Engineering at Zenefits. Previously Big Data Geek at Platfora. and Tech Lead in Azure Core at Microsoft.

Director Engineering at Zenefits. Previously Big Data Geek at Platfora. and Tech Lead in Azure Core at Microsoft.

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Primary Skillsets

  • Full Stack Engineering
I don't yet have an idea I'm excited about
Not currently looking for a cofounder

Primary Cofounder Skillsets

  • • Full Stack Engineering

Involved In


Blend Labs


Visiting Scholar (Education Innovation Lab) Harvard University September 2016 - present
Director, Special Projects Zenefits December 2015 - May 2016
Director, Infrastructure Zenefits April 2015 - November 2015
Engineer, Data Infrastructure Zenefits January 2015 - March 2015
Hacker Zenefits March 2015 - present
Distributed Systems Engineer Platfora January 2013 - January 2015
Software Engineer in Azure Microsoft January 2009 - January 2013
Software Engineer Microsoft January 2008 - December 2008
Research Assistant Lahore University of Management Sciences August 2007 - December 2007


NED University of Engineering and Technology Computer and Information Systems 2003 - 2007
HHS Science 1996 - 2000
Stanford University Cognitive Science 2016 - present

Interested In

Cofounder With
  • • Business Development
  • • Product
Markets of Interest
  • • Cloud Services
  • • Data & Analytics
  • • Enterprise Software

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

C# • Cloud Computing • Databases • Distributed Systems • Web services

Key Accomplishments

Big Compute and Big Data. I was one of the earliest engineers on the Azure team five years ago and built the core compute stack as one of the early engineers. Stayed there for five years. Now I work on Big Data management, warehousing and BI from Big Data.

How I like to work with people As a Cofounder

I have a deep systems background that I developed working as one of the earliest engineers on the Windows Azure team working with industry veterans like Dave Cutler ( I helped build the core compute engine for Azure that powers all of Azure infrastructure and customer services. Unlike AWS, all of Azure's internal infrastructure services (Storage, SQL, Service Bus, etc) run on top of the same compute engine that powers customer's services. Now I work with industry recognized people in databases to solve problems around big data analytics and BI.

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Adam Liechty
We worked together at Microsoft
Usman has been talking about getting away from working for a big corporation since I met him (back when we both still worked for Microsoft). ... He can both go deep into a problem and understand the details and caveats, as well as think well about trends in the market. I know from many conversations with him that he is anxious to get to work on something that he really owns.
Lisa Du
We worked together at Microsoft
Writing great software is often more important to Usman than food or sleep. He is a passionate coder who always delivers, and a great guy to ... work with.
Munir Usman
They're my school  •  Founder & CEO, and Founder & CEO, Pi Labs, inc..
He is awesome with Databases and Big data!
S. Adeel Ali
They're my school  •  Co-Founder & CEO, APIMatic Limited and PhD Candidate, The University of Auckland.
I went to College with Usman, and since then I am a big fan of his knowledge and expertise in multiple tech-domains. I have seen him helping ... out PhD candidates in very specialized topics, as well as have observed him working at highly technical positions. That's why I believe Usman has got a right combination of skills and experience to excel as an adviser.
Asad Faizi
They're my advisor: Platalytics  •  CEO, Platalytics. Previously Principal Architect, PayPal. Arizona State grad.
Usman brings deep technical expertise in Big Data and Distributed Processing, and keen sense of market needs. He has helped us tremendously ... shaping our product and refining our strategy.

Eron Wright
Director of Software Engineering, Advanced Software Division, EMC. Previously Senior Software Development Engineer Lead, Microsoft.
of his exposure to deep learning tech.