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Tales about software startup culture from someone at the frontline

Tales about software startup culture from someone at the frontline

Author: Mary Ann Satterfield
Event Date: October 21, 2020
Time: 12.00-1.00
Location: Virtual
Contact Name: Saurabh Bagchi
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School or Program: College of Engineering
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Debashis Saha, VP Engineering at an AI in Fintech startup AppZen, will share his lessons building and growing software companies in the Silicon Valley. He will draw on his experience previously serving as VP at eBay, PayPal, and Intuit.


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External Seminar

October 21 (Wed), 12:00 – 1:00, Virtual


A Journey in Open Source Software in the Silicon Valley from Large Companies to Startups

Debashis Saha

VP Engineering, AppZen

(Previously, VP at Intuit and eBay)


Debashis will share his technical leadership journey in Silicon Valley that spans experiences across many enterprises and startups (Oracle, eBay/PayPal, Jiff, Intuit and now at AppZen and many startups like Monte Carlo Data, Rafay Systems, Kyligence that he is currently involved in). All of you will make many changes in your careers and he will discuss his learnings and takeaways that can help you in these career inflection points. 

Debashis is a strong believer in the opensource ecosystem, and being involved in many projects, he will also provide his views on why and how to leverage opensource software and systems. In his current role at AppZen, Debashis is responsible for all aspects of engineering for the company.


Debashis has deep expertise in developing and managing large-scale web applications, distributed systems, data infrastructure, and cloud computing. Previously, he served as Vice President of Platforms for eBay, PayPal, and Intuit and held technology leadership roles at Oracle Corporation and enterprise health benefits platform Jiff. Debashis championed open source projects Apache Kylin and Apache Eagle and drove their traction and success. He earned a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Technology in Computer Science and Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, where he won the President’s Gold Medal.