Rich Sadowsky’s Site


Welcome and thanks for stopping by. I am an emerging technologist with three decades experience brining award-winning products to life.

I am actively looking for my next job this summer in September 2018. I am open to any challenging and interested position. After 4.5 years at Jibo I’d love to work on another robotics product or IoT. I’ve worked all across the different software stacks. I am an expect in creating secure device-to-server protocols and best-of-breed customer privacy solutions. I enjoy and have experience with streaming media, music-related technologies, cloud-based infrastructure architecture, privacy-oriented regulatory compliance (COPPA, GDPR, HIPAA...), hardening systems, designing efficient integration between business data, cryptography, blockchain, forensics, gaming, development tools... For the last decade projects have included machine learning algorithms, the data collection for training and workflow for annotating ground truth.

My new Podcast --coming in September 2018

Coming soon is a new podcast series. Will be available here and other podcast sites.

My experience spans a wide spectrum of software development. I have current experience in robotics, IoT, security/privacy/compliance, machine learning data collection and annotation, embedded programming, cloud computing, affective computing, rich media delivery, team building and offshore development. I’ve worked on a wide range of emerging technologies in fields such as development tools, streaming media/online entertainment, games, desktop software, server, mobile, security/forensics/electronic discovery, systems level programming, virtualization... I have been involved in shipping and launching dozens of best of breed products.

I have served as a Chief Technology Officer, Senior Vice President of Development, Chief Privacy Officer, Director of Emerging Technology, Chief Architect, Staff Software Engineer and the jobs that lead to those positions. A good portion of my career has been as an early employee or co-founder of  startups delivering a disruptive, emerging technology. My passion is for early stage startups where I can put my diverse background, entrepreneurial adventurous spirit, and flexibility and teamwork to good use.

Working at Jibo was a potpourri of challenges and exciting opportunities. I was the 7th employee hired to be the architect of the server group. Over time this evolved in Head of Server group which included server/cloud programming, DevOps and IT. I had a team in Ukraine and people in Boston. I was the company’s Chief Privacy Officer and Head of Security and Privacy. Over the 4.5 years I was at Jibo I had the opportunity to contribute in many different functional areas. I designed systems, collaborated with other architects, engineers and business owners, and wrote code that touched nearly every element of engineering. I collaborated with embedded platform team and together we created Jibo’s initial security posture. I worked with 3rd party penetration testers, regulatory agencies and lawyers. I was company representatives for compliance in areas such as COPPA or emerging GDPR requirements. I worked with the hardware and manufacturing group to secure and improve the manufacturing of the robot and ensure data flowed securely between contract manufacturer in China and corporate offices in Boston. Convened a bi-monthly security and privacy committee meeting with CEO, CTO, VP of Software, VP of Product and VP of G&A. Facilitated unofficial but frequent security and privacy discussions with interesting engineers and customer care personnel.  Performed security review of all technology and worked cross functionally to build alignment and ensure security posture maintained. These are the highlights of my ever expanding and evolving roles at Jibo where my attitude was: “what can I do to help the company right now?”

Prior to Jibo I worked at another startup that spun out of MIT Media Lab, Affectiva, in another disruptive emerging technology in the field is affective computing. It was co-founded by MIT Professor Rosalind Picard and MIT researcher Rana el Kaliouby. Rana is now CEO. At Affectiva I was Chief Architect and built the first two versions of the Affdex affective computing platform delivered as a SaaS set of APIs. I also contributed to the wearable Q Sensor that read and recorded electrodermal activity which was then uploaded to a server or local drive to be analyzed.

Life in the emerging technology space continues to be exciting, scary, exhausting and invigorating.  My life is an ongoing adventure in fast moving technology product development. The unifying factor in all my work is I like helping to build products that enhance the lives of users.

As a software development professional with over 30 year experience, I have a passion for learning, innovation, experimentation, and risk taking. For decades I embrace new programming languages, platforms, and architectural patterns. My most recent platform leverages the power of node.js, microservices architecture, continuous integration/deployment, infrastructure as code, strong security and privacy posture and AWS cloud services.

Most recently I enrolled in Coursera’s Stanford-created Machine Learning course taught by Andrew Ng. I’ve worked at companies utilizing machine learning for nearly a decade now but I have never needed to look under the hood to see how the enabling technology works. As machine learning-as-a-service continues to grow in popularity, I want to do some deep learning of my own!

To read about the more personal side of me, please go to the About Me page. There I will talk about dogs, guitars, life and the meaning of life.

I apologize for this old Apple iWeb-based website. I realize I am not utilizing any fancy new technology here. My time goes into my work, my girls (Sue, Jackie, Bella), and my guitars. I should pay more attention to this site since it my own marketing brochure. So my June 2016 resolution is to update this site real soon now.

pictures left to right: Jibo on cover of Time Magazine November 27, 2010, center top: Rich long hair (prior to July 2018) with Seagull acoustic guitar; center bottom: Rich short hair July 2018 with Fender Tele Custom Shop; right: Picture taken while we were filming Live with Kelly and Michael segment. Lance Ulanoff is tech reviewer and this shot was while on live TV. Michael Strahan is blocking Kelly from view.

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