About Me

Portrait of Saurabh

Hello! My name is Saurabh Garg, and this blog has been a work in progress for the last 15 years. I started blogging when I was still in grad school.

According to some social media analytics sites, I am a casual networker. I don’t tend to take twitter and blogging very seriously, using them only to serve as a personal creative outlet.

All that said, I am a software engineer, with experience developing large enterprise information systems as an IT consultant. I started out due to sheer luck, always imagining that one day I would be a very good software developer, working on exciting new things. While that hasn’t happened yet, I think I am starting to chart out a path for myself. This is just the beginning.

I love technology. Growing up, I was lucky to be surrounded by the latest gadgets, often times getting so involved in trying to understand them that I compensated for that exploration with my sleep and leisure time. I studied electrical engineering in college, using my personal computer to further my programming skills in my room. I was so passionate about developing software and understanding computers that I audited computer science classes every semester. Did I mention that I was programming in BASIC at the age of 7? Then, at the age of 19, I became the first student with a non computer science background to represent my University at the prestigious ACM ICPC regionals.

When I wasn’t programming, I used to love going on long drives. There was a time in my life when I averaged more than 20,000 miles every year, mostly for pleasure.

I got married in April of 2009 and moved with my wife Vartika to a new rented condo in Fairfax, VA. We are fun-loving, social, and live life to the fullest. Fortunately, both of us enjoy traveling. We’re both good cooks, while she tends to cook more. Since 2010, we’ve been living in Amsterdam and still keep discovering new places. There’s so much to appreciate about life in this city and this country. Far from driving, my leisurely hobby these days is to get on my bicycle and explore nature. It’s therapeutic!

I am always looking for new career and startup opportunities anywhere on the globe. Having been involved with two startups as a grad student, I have come to absolutely love the culture and motivation that fuels successful startups. At present, I am focussing all my energy into iPhone and Mac development. This is the first time I have gotten so excited about a platform since 1988, when I first got my Atari home computer. I would love to eventually lead a new startup. I think I have a good feel for how technology evolves, and have developed good intuition.

I was an INFJ back in ’04, but I am sure my personality has changed by leaps and bounds since then. I am very interested in connecting with like-minded people, hopefully to start something awesome! Please do feel free to contact me by email, or leave a comment here.

Thanks, and hope to see you along as we build a better future.

Namaste

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