I live in Pune, India.

I am currently a co-founder and CTO at, a startup focused on allowing job-seekers to showcase their skills by solving problems, and uploading software samples. I am also the creator of, a portal for the tech community in Pune, India. In the past I've worked for large companies, and small; I've worked in India and in the US; I've seen a successful exit, and I've seen a dotcom failure; I've done product development, and I've done research; I've written consumer software, and I've written enterprise software; and I've been a developer, I've been an architect, and I've been a manager (but hated it).

I've done my PhD with David DeWitt in Computer Sciences from the University of Wisconsin in 1999, and a B.Tech. in Computer Sciences from IIT-Bombay before that. I'm interested in a number of areas of computer science, including: highly scalable systems; distributed and fault-tolerant software systems; text search, information retrieval, and analysis of unstructured information. My latest interest is the understanding of what drives online communities.

See my resume (HTML, PDF, Postscript), or my linked-in profile for further details.

For social networking I use: linked-in (professional contacts), gtalk (for IM), two twitter accounts: @ngkabra (personal), @punetech (for Pune Technology). I am also active on Quora

Check out these other websites that I am associated with: - technology in Pune, - a simple technique to save children from sexual abuse, my archive of Hindi Song Lyrics (no MP3s, just lyrics!), Meeta's Hindi Movie Reviews, and my blog of random interesting information from the internet.

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Essays and Articles

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Career and Education Advice

On moving to India/Pune from US

On Programming / Computer Science

On intellectual property

Most people have a very poor understanding of copyrights and patents. Hence, I created this quiz of real-life-like situations involving intellectual properties. A follow-up to the quiz is this is a series of 5 articles giving a "practical" overview of intellectual property laws:


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