I am a software engineer, a mad scientist, a specialized generalist and a renaissance geek.
I grew up playing with test tubes and beakers, reading history and philosophy books, making model rockets, drawing just about everywhere, playing basketball, and tinkering with remote control cars and planes.
I have worked as a software engineer for over fifteen years and although C++ is my favorite plaything, I have many others toys at my disposal and use them to do amazing things. I have developed just about everything – from shiny user interfaces to low-level kernel drivers. I've worked on servers that handle tens of thousands of users, caching software that accelerates hard drives using SSDs and encrypted distributed storage & backup systems.
Currently, I am working at Ripple Labs, on Ripple: a distributed payment network that allows anyone to send money to anyone else, in any currency. It is based on the same principles as the Internet: free for everyone, accessible to anyone, owned by no one, and connecting the whole world on a shared network. You really should check it out - visit us at https://ripple.com.
My interests are diverse; beyond math-based currencies, they involve next-generation interactive software and input methods, cryptography, security, software protection, cloud storage and performance optimization.
You can find me on Twitter as @nbougalis or reach me by e-mail at email@example.com.
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