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Ankur A Motreja

175 Calvert Dr #Q202, Cupertino, CA 95014
Phone: +1 (424) 265 8766


  • Objective: Obtain a challenging engineering manager position to develop a team into an effective, proactive unit and achieve corporate objectives in a growing company
  • Demonstrated ability to lead the team in completing projects with high quality in deadline-oriented environments
  • Communicate and coordinate with other teams to solve puzzling production problems
  • Experienced engineering manager with 15 years of web development experience from coordinating initial design to leading launches to assigning tasks related to maintenance and enhancement of high traffic properties


Engineering Manager,
Sunnyvale & Bangalore
December 2009 - Present
(7+ years)

I worked on a number of platforms (Messenger, Y20, Lego) and properties at Yahoo! (such as News, Digital Magazines, Shine, Travel, Autos) as they evolved over the years. During this time, I led teams developing platforms from scratch, setup new properties, migrate existing properties to new platforms, maintain and enhance properties as well as build horizontal features to be used on multiple properties.

Most recently, I manage the Yahoo Messenger team of 5 engineers. Responsibilities include roadmap, planning, hiring, team management, delivery, employee development, mentoring and coaching. The product is based on Node.js and React using a continuous integration pipeline.

"Ankur was given the difficult task of leading the migration of INTL News within one quarter. While visiting in Sunnyvale, I was very impressed to see how quickly he was able to build and put together a QA Alpha site to begin gathering feedback and requirements. This showed how efficient and effective he was and his ability to stay focused to complete the tasks assigned. He also partnered well with others within the team, and cross-functionality, to get fixes done that we thought would take more time or be more complex. The News metrics are the “proof in the pudding” as we’ve seen engagement gain +30% and revenue positive as well – amazing job."
- Josh Holman, Business Planning and Operations

"Very dependable. Ankur always does what he says he'll do, when he says he'll do it. Make life MUCH easier knowing there's one less person I have to follow up with.
Attention to detail. Ankur is very focused on the details and asks questions to make sure he's doing the right work."
- Corey Bozarth, Product Manager

"Ankur is very reliable. He was the go to person when tickets came in. I could count on him to look into the issue right away and let me know what needed to be done to get it fixed. I appreciate his dedication to our customers and helping solve issues."
- Maggie Copeland, Program Manager

Founder, Software Architect and Web Developer,
December 2005 - December 2009
(4 years)

Created PawBill from scratch - a billing, support and automation solution for web hosts.

I was responsible for coming up with the idea, designing the product and implementing it using PHP and MySQL as the backend database. The user interface consisted of a javascript intensive, AJAX driven front end using the libraries prototype and scriptaculous. The architecture of the application consisted of APIs to drive the database, modular system to add future functionality without touching existing functionality and Smarty templates to modify the look of the application without touching the code. The application followed Model-View-Controller (MVC) architecture.

Some of the important features I worked on are:

  • Credit card encryption, decryption (using AES) and storage routines
  • Payment gateway integration with, PayPal and Google Checkout
  • Domain registration integration with eNom and ResellerClub (Directi)
  • Account provisioning integration with cPanel/WHM
  • Support ticket system with client support portal
  • PDF invoice generation
  • Drag and drop support across iFrames
  • TinyMCE integration to compose emails

A demo of the application is available on the PawBill website.

QA Engineer and Software Developer
Cisco Systems (India) Pvt. Ltd.,
August 2001 - November 2005
(4+ years)

Initially worked as a QA Engineer on the Cisco Catalyst 8500 series of ATM switches. I then moved on to software development on the same platform. Later, my knowledge of network management protocols like SNMP and TL1 took me to development on the Cisco ONS 15310 and Cisco 15454 optical networking platforms.

  • Participated in testing for 7 releases in areas of SNMP and ATM like Signaling, ILMI, Circuit Emulation Services, Snooping, OAM, IMA, IP over ATM, tag-switching, etc
  • Involved in testing 4 features in the areas of SNMP traps, ATM Resource Management, CES SVCs and Counter Preservation
  • Took up complete responsibility of SNMP automation, created 3 libraries including a traps library and scripted around 10 MIBs using Tcl.
  • Responsible for scripting of CES and Snooping using Tcl
  • Fixed over 60 bugs in the areas of ATM, SNMP and TL1
  • Implemented security features such as HTTPS support and chained security certificates for ONS 15310, ONS 15454 and ONS 15600
  • Implemented TL1 support for a new card on the ONS 15540


Bachelor of Engineering (Computer Science & Engineering):

National Institute of Engineering, Mysore1997 - 2001

Activities and Achievements

  • iOS Development Bootcamp by CodePath
  • Gave a tech talk to the Media team in Bangalore, Singapore and Taiwan on Touchdown and Stencil
  • Certified Scrum Master (CSM) from Scrum Alliance
  • Received the Bangalore U Rock award in 2011
  • Received the Yahoo! Superstar Team award for 2010
  • IEEE member from 2001 - 2008
  • Attended the 12th CSI Karnataka Student Convention held at NIE

  • Node.js
  • React
  • Javascript
  • CSS
  • AJAX
  • PHP
  • iOS development

Libraries (PHP)
  • Smarty Templates

PHP Extensions
  • Curl
  • SimpleXML

AJAX Transports
  • JSON
  • XML

  • Zend Studio
  • PDT
  • Sublime

  • Apache

Debuggers (Javascript)
  • Chrome DevTools
  • Safari Web Inspector
  • FireFox FireBug

Version Control
  • SVN
  • Git

Bug Tracker
  • JIRA
  • Mantis Bug Tracker
  • Bugzilla

  • Rally
  • Jira

Messaging Systems
  • IRC
  • Slack
  • HipChat
  • Yahoo Messenger