nick barnwell


Software Engineer II - Analytics & Data Engineer, 'March 17 – Present

  • Developed pipelines combining client and server data to power OLAP systems and data applications with Apache Spark and U-SQL (a BigQuery-like language). Designed and implemented validation engine that prevents ingestion of malformed data into reporting infrastructure and alerts producing team of the errors.
  • Replaced the build tool for our scheduling system with a utility that reduces failed deployments, reduces inner loop time by moving validation from deploy- to compile-time, and simplifies common workflows when adding new jobs.
  • Built tooling for Azure Data Factory, a data workflow system, enabling team to pinpoint the root cause of pipeline breakages and identify all affected downstream dependencies, reducing MTTR.
  • Mentored team on Scala, FP, and git best practices through lunch 'n learn sessions, tech talks, and written guides.

PM Lead II - Onboarding, Developer Experience, July '16 – March '17

  • PM lead for cross-functional team charged with redesigning OneNote's new/first-time user experience across all platforms.
  • Managed development and release of new in-app development platform for first- and third-party developers.

Data Product Manager II, September '15 – July '16

  • Lead org-wide adoption of user analytics infra across mobile, desktop, and web clients; grew from zero to several billion events/day. Wrote and maintained training materials, onboarded engineering org to new platform, and developed and evolved data schema across seven clients.
  • Championed and piloted new instrumentation and experimentation platforms. Enabled PM and Engineering organisations to easily perform split tests, control feature exposure, and understand user behaviour.

PM, May '14 – August '15

  • Spearheaded design and development of OneNote experience on (presently) unlaunched hardware for developing markets
  • Incubated and released OneNote's Android Wear app (Microsoft's first), Microsoft Band integration
  • Contributed to feature design, business development, and evangelism for OneNote REST API

Tea With Strangers

Technical Co-founder, April '14 – May '15

  • Built MVP, grew product to tens of thousands of users. #1 on HN Frontpage
  • Recruited new maintainers and coordinated community contributions and PRs
  • Project featured in Forbes, HuffPo, The Bold Italic, The Harvard Crimson and more


PM Intern, June – September '13

  • Designed & prototyped features for OneNote REST API v1
  • Placed second in intern hackathon with Elect


SWE Intern, June – September '12

  • Designed and prototyped improvements to internal Knowledge Management System UX