About

This Fall, I’m excited to be joining Carnegie Mellon’s School of Computer Science as a Graduate Student studying Software Engineering!

My technical interests revolve around Systems, Distributed Computing and Cloud Infrastructure. I’m broadly interested in Economics, Athletics and just figuring out how the world works.

Besides building things, I like lifting them, reading content, listening to heavy riffs and playing the electric guitar. The internet knows me as bholagabbar.


Work

I’ve worked on a challenging and diverse set of engineering problems at some fantastic places, mostly high-octane startups. Find a detailed description on My LinkedIn.

CheaprEats — Co-Founder
December 2018 - Present

At CheaprEats, we’re solving a host of problems for students and food caterers at university campuses through our AI software suite. I work on building the core platform with an incredible team.

MindTickle — Software Engineer, Infrastructure
June 2018 - Present
December 2017 - March 2018, Intern

Scaling bleeding edge Cloud Native infrastructure. Building a next generation CI/CD pipelines on Kubernetes, working on Service Meshes and Distributed Tracing.

Razorpay — Data Engineering Intern
June 2017 - August 2017

Building Data Pipelines, architecting Data Warehouses to power the analytics platform at India’s 2nd Y Combinator startup.

Wingify — Software Engineering Intern
December 2016 - February 2017

Bridging the gap between engineering and sales at PushCrew, reducing API consumption costs and increasing leads.


Open Source

I’ve spent significant time learning from and contributing to Open Source Software. It’s some of the best time I’ve invested and have had amazing opportunities come my way only because of open source.

My GitHub hosts all of the code I write, projects I’ve built and contributed to.

OpenMRS - Google Summer of Code 2016, Open Source Developer
Since April 2016

At OpenMRS, we provide free, open source Health IT Systems for the planet. I built some cool features, solved bugs, but most importantly, learnt a ton working with an incredible community. Though I don’t write much OpenMRS code now, I volunteer to mentor some awesome kids who participate in the Google Code-in contest every year.

I was awarded the ‘OpenMRS volunteer of the month’ award in June 2017 where I spoke about my OpenMRS and GSoC journey being the defining point for me. I was invited to visit Google California for the GCI summit on account of my mentorship and contributions to OpenMRS and Google Open Source.

WolfBeacon - Co-Founder, Lead Developer
October 2016 - February 2018

WolfBeacon comprised of a global team of passionate open source developers. Our goal was to foster a culture of innovation by building the first Open Source Hackathon Organisation, Aggregation and Management platform.

I drove development, built the core APIs and systems, setup infrastructure and recuited contributors among other things. There’s a lot you learn working with a co-founder and running an open source community like a startup, just with no funds!


Research

I’ve worked on some research problems in Graph Theory, Distributed Systems and Computer Vision. Figuring out hard problems and brainstorming with smarter folks is something I enjoy.

IIT Bombay - Research Intern
April 2018 - May 2018

I’ve had the rare opportunity to work with legendary academician, Dr. S.Sudarshan, at IIT Bombay on building an AI platform to detect fake news. My time was spent reading relevant research literature and bootstrapping the entire project while having enlightening conversations about the future of database systems!

Publications


Things I’ve Built

The best ideas always come from personal struggle and experiences. This is something I’ve come to believe and most things I build are a result of this philosophy.

I’ve also done a fair bit of Competitive Programming (CodeChef-bholagabbar, qualifying for the ACM ICPC Regionals) which was what really got me coding in the first place and helped me build up a lot of fundamentals as a budding programmer.


Moments

Here are a few moments I cherish, captured over the years.