Who am I?

David Poblador i GarciaMy name is David Poblador i Garcia, I was born in Barcelona, Catalunya in 1980, and I tweet often (@davidpoblador).

I’ve been jazzing around the Internet since 1997, and I’ve been involved in several projects somehow connected with Free Software.

In 2002 I founded PuntBarra, a Catalan Slashdot-like site. Thanks to it I got involved in some Free Software projects and groups, and got to know some people who strongly influenced my vision on software development and free software business model.

I started managing my first GNU/Linux box in 1998, and since then, Systems Administration has been one of my hobbies and it has been my main work duty for over 13 years.

In 2001, after two years working as a network and systems operator, I started up my company with Albert Horta, Rinho, where we deployed GNU/Linux based servers and built web apps for SMEs. We worked for several medium sized companies in Catalunya, and we even had the chance of providing a nation wide free software deployment training to local government employees.

In 2006, I was given the chance to start the Systems Administration department in Intercom World Wide, the international wing of Grupo Intercom, a leading Internet company in Spain, where I had the opportunity to play and learn with trendy technologies such as Virtualization, Information Retrieval software, high availability, load balancing and horizontal scaling. I’ve been always a passionate fan of search algorithms, and while trying to understand how search engines work I was given the chance of pushing changes to our websites in order to improve usability, reliability and ranking.

In 2009 I joined Flumotion as the Infrastructure Manager. Flumotion, a company founded in 2006, is a leader in streaming technologies in the south of Europe. Flumotion develops a free software streaming media server.

In June 2010 I started working at FloraQueen, a leader in online flower delivery, as the CTO. I helped building a new infrastructure that allowed FloraQueen to face the future challenges regarding scalability, virtualization and load balancing, just to name a few.

In May 2011 I moved to Stockholm and I started working as an Operations Engineer for Spotify. In November 2011 I became the Service Reliability Engineering team lead. The SRE team takes care of keeping the music playing 24 hours for our millions of users.

Mathematics and linguistics are also among my hobbies. In 2008, I was one of the winners of Google Treasure Hunt, a Google contest with more 100,000 participants where I had the chance to play with prime numbers. I’m also a big fan of languages grammars (natural languages, mostly).

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