Paul Borza

keybase.io/paulborza borza@uw.edu +1 (425) 582-3080

Hands-on technical lead with a proven track record of building teams and exceeding commit-

ments taken in front of corporate vice-presidents. Can do and can code attitude.

Experience

Microsoft, Bing, User Experience

Bellevue, Washington

Principal Software Engineer Bing, Chromium-based Edge and Office

May 2019 – Present

Microsoft-wide Hackathon, Modern Life Category, 1st Place (out of 6,860 projects and 27,022 employees)

9/2019

Pitched the 1st place hackathon idea to Rajesh Jha, EVP of Experiences and Devices, during a 45-min presentation; he

loved the project and decided to make it a core priority for the Office org. Working cross-orgs with the CTO to ship the

project.

Oracle, Cloud Infrastructure, Platform

Seattle, Washington

Principal Member of Technical Staff, Technical Lead – Full-Stack Development

Jan. 2018 – Mar. 2019

TalentSort, Recruiting Search Engine

Seattle, Washington

Co-founder Full-Stack Development

Nov. 2017 – Jan. 2018

Microsoft, Bing, User Experience

Bellevue, Washington

Senior Software Engineer, Technical Lead – Cross-Platform Development

Jul. 2016 – Nov. 2017

Tasked with building a framework for rapid prototyping of new mobile products and features for Bing using traditional

methods (Java, Objective-C, and Swift). Challenged the status quo by doing thorough research of cross-platform open-

source and Microsoft-internal projects. Pushed through several managers’ skepticism to such an approach since a new

model had not been proven yet in the industry. Prototyped and released a cross-platform mobile application to production

to demonstrate the viability and maturity of the technical approach. Presented final technical solution to partner-level

managers and the Engineering Corporate Vice President of Bing and got the green-light to go ahead and drive the

cross-platform initiative in Bing. Trained and mentored several engineers in cross-platform development.

The proposed technical solution allows for 95% TypeScript code reuse across Android and iOS; the rest of 5% is native to

the platform: Java for Android and Objective-C/Swift for iOS. This allows shipping features twice as fast, cross-platform.

9 patents filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office

10/2010 – 10/2016

Microsoft, Bing, Customer Experience

Bellevue, Washington

Senior Software Engineer, Technical Lead – Bing Stability

Dec. 2014 – Jul. 2016

Software Engineer 2 – User Experience, Data Mining, Insights and Stability

Sep. 2012 – Dec. 2014

Lead the Bing Stability V-Team of 50+ engineers for two years and a half. Not only achieved but surpassed the commit-

ments taken in front of Corporate Vice Presidents in five consecutive six-month milestones. Designed the Bing Stability

metric to be a measurement of both relevance and engineering excellence. Approached the problem in a systematic way by

building a live debug graph of how Bing’s components interact with one another, which proved to be vital in identifying

root causes.

Coordinated and delivered technical fixes in the stack which improved the stability of Bing from 88% to >98%, on par

with Google. Redesigned load balancers, caching techniques, object stores, threshold/timeout-based algorithms, unstable

features, classifiers, and non-deterministic rankers to be stable when faced with a high volume of traffic.

Flew to Beijing when the Bing Stability project took a wrong turn. Spent ten days debugging and profiling the con-

textual ranker which was developed by Bing’s Search Technical Center in Asia. Got the project back on track and met

commitments.

Microsoft Search Technical Center Asia, Business Trip

Beijing, China; 3/2015

Microsoft-wide Hackathon, 4th Prize

2/2014

Microsoft-internal Bing Hackathon, Mentor, 3rd Place (out of 53)

11/2013

— continues on other side —

Microsoft-internal Bing Innovation Awards, 3rd Place (out of 56)

10/2013

Microsoft-internal Bing Hackathon, 2nd Place (out of 65)

7/2013

Microsoft-internal Bing Science Fair, Best Business Value Winner (out of 72)

5/2013

Microsoft-internal Bing Hackathon, 1st Place (out of 93)

11/2012

Seattle Give Camp, Technical Volunteer

Redmond, Washington; 10/2013

Microsoft, Bing, Multimedia Search

Bellevue, Washington

Software Engineer 2 – Instrumentation, Metrics and A/B Testing

Jul. 2010 – Sep. 2012

Microsoft-internal Bing Intern Hackathon, Mentor, 3rd Place

7/2012

Microsoft-internal Bing Hackathon, Judge

11/2011

Microsoft-internal Bing Hackathon, 1st Place (out of 42)

6/2011

Microsoft University Careers, Eastern Europe Recruiting Events

Bucharest, Romania and Sofia, Bulgaria; 2/2011

AnswerJoy, Massively Multiplayer Online Trivia Game

Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Co-founder Full-Stack Development

2008 – 2010

Co-founded a massively multiplayer online trivia game platform during the 3rd year of college; after several iterations,

the product reached an excellent market fit and led to a successful exit via acquisition.

Microsoft, Bing, Multimedia Search

Redmond, Washington

Software Engineer Intern (total of 50 international interns) – Data Mining Internet Explorer Logs

Jul. – Sep. 2009

Jožef Stefan Institute, Center for Knowledge Transfer in Information Technologies

Ljubljana, Slovenia

Software Engineer Intern – Audio Indexing

Jul. – Sep. 2008

Google Summer of Code, Openmoko

Software Engineer Intern – Recognizing Accelerometer-based Gestures

Apr. – Sep. 2008

Microsoft Imagine Cup, Worldwide Finalist in Software Design

Seoul, South Korea; 8/2007

Recruited and lead a team of four college students to win the national finals of Imagine Cup two years in a row, during

the 1st and 2nd year of college, representing Romania to the European and Worldwide finals.

Microsoft Imagine Cup, National Finals in Software Design, 1st Place

Timişoara, Romania; 5/2007

Microsoft Imagine Cup, Central and Eastern Europe Regional Finalist in Software Design Maribor, Slovenia; 5/2006

Microsoft Imagine Cup, National Finals in Software Design, 1st Place

Cluj-Napoca, Romania; 4/2006

Brooktrout Extreme Code Makeover Contest, 1st Place

3/2006

Siemens Program and System Engineering, Scholarship

11/2005 – 6/2006

Microsoft Imagine Cup, National Finals in Software Design, 3rd Prize

Iaşi, Romania; 4/2005

Olympiad, National Finals in Informatics, 4th Prize

Buzău, Romania; 4/2004

Component Source Speech Control Contest, 1st Place

6/2003

Ştefan Odobleja National Programming Contest, 2nd Place

Craiova, Romania; 4/2003

Education

University of Washington, Foster School of Business

Seattle, Washington

Master’s Degree in Business Administration – Evening MBA

9/2017 – Present

Babeş-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca

Cluj-Napoca, Romania; 10/2008 – 7/2010

Master’s Degree in Computer Science – Major in Machine Learning

GPA: 9.94; Rank: 1 (out of 12)

Babeş-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca

Cluj-Napoca, Romania; 10/2005 – 7/2008

Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science

GPA: 9.85; Rank: 2 (out of 85)

Technical Skills

big data, C#, ClojureScript, CSS, D3, Docker, git, HTML, Java, JavaScript, machine learning, Node,

performance optimizations, PowerShell, rapid prototyping, React, React Native, SQL, Swift, TypeScript; Vim.

Dual Citizenship

Romania and United States of America