Sharad Agarwal

Computer Science Researcher, Engineer & Angel Investor

@ Microsoft,

@ Grubstakes,

@ Seattle, WA

I enjoy innovating in cloud services and distributed systems by producing and then integrating computer science research into products, including Azure, Windows 10, and Windows Phone 8. I have advanced the state-of-the-art in several technical areas, including scalable cloud services, latency in multiplayer games, and geo-distributed online services. Together with a small team of researchers and engineers, we have designed, implemented and stood up a scalable cloud service on Azure that has served over 21 million users.

With 16 years at Microsoft Research, I have co-authored 40 academic publications with over 7,000 citations, and co-invented 84 issued patents. I have served on over 60 committees for international conferences, workshops, journals and the NSF. I am an ACM Distinguished Engineer for outstanding engineering contributions to computing.

As an active angel investor in the Pacific Northwest, I have 22 startups in my portfolio, some having graduated from YCombinator, and many having raised capital from large VC firms. I mentor startup founders through Grubstakes, Venture Out, and other groups in Seattle. You can find out more about me and contact me via my LinkedIn profile.