Alex Rasmussen

Prior to starting Bits on Disk, I worked as an early employee at multiple fast-growing startups. Over the course of my career, I've worn many hats - individual contributor, tech lead, manager, and executive. I've worked as a team of one, and collaboratively as part of a large engineering team. I bring that breadth of experience to my work with my clients.

Since 2019, I've worked with startups from pre-seed to late-stage as a data engineering consultant and contractor. I've helped them build new data systems, rescue ailing data infrastructure, establish their data engineering roadmap, interview engineers, and negotiate with vendors.

I hold a Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering from UC San Diego and a BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from UC Berkeley. My dissertation focused on efficient, high-performance data processing systems. As part of my Ph.D. work at UCSD, my co-authors and I built TritonSort, a large-scale sorting system (later extended to support MapReduce) that set or held at least one world record for large-scale sorting every year between 2011 to 2016.