Steven Czerwinski is the co-founder and chief technology officer at Scalyr, where he focuses on architecture and major technology initiatives. Prior to Scalyr, he spent eight years at Google, where he specialized in building distributed database systems for consumer applications. He was the backend technical lead for Picasa Web Albums, and the technical lead for Cosmo/Stratus, where he drove unification initiatives. Prior to Google, Steven was in the PhD program at UC Berkeley, where he specialized in distributed and mobile systems. He successfully defended his dissertation, but left “all but dissertation” to start his job at Google.