Karim Varela

Santa Monica, CA, USA


Technology executive, investor, and advisor with a career history of producing highly scalable digital consumer products. Exceptional record of success in building and leading top performing, global engineering teams, managing budgets as large as $5MM, and bringing order and agility to growing engineering teams. Excels at implementing agile engineering practices, building product-focused engineering teams, and delivering software on time. Outstanding problem solving, leadership, and team motivation skills.

—————— Core skills ——————

  • Transformational Leadership: Carried out agile restructurings and process improvements which have resulted in massive improvements to engineering productivity.

  • Platform Migration: Carried out multiple platform and database migrations resulting in cost-savings, improved operational efficiency, and better system performance.

  • Global Workforce Management: Supervised as many as 25 people, across distributed teams in the US, Mexico, Argentina, Dominican Republic, Poland, Ukraine, London, India, and The Netherlands.
  • Scaling Products Globally: Played key roles in localizing and distributing mobile apps and services to key international markets, growing user bases to tens of millions of users.
  • System Architecture: Architected and built multiple secure and performant systems from the ground up to handle workloads in social, banking, and travel.

—————— Specific Skills ——————

  • Process Optimization
  • Strategy, Planning, & Execution
  • Engineering Operations
  • Budget & Cost Control
  • Product Management
  • Lean & Agile Methodologies
  • Cloud Architecture
  • Microservices
  • ETL
  • Web Services
  • Relational Databases
  • NoSQL Databases
  • Coaching & Mentoring
  • Machine Learning
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