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I am a software engineer, a mad scientist, a specialized generalist and a renaissance geek.

I grew up playing with test tubes and beakers, reading history and philosophy books, making model rockets, drawing just about everywhere, playing basketball, and tinkering with remote control cars and planes.

I have worked as a software engineer for over fifteen years and although C++ is my favorite plaything, I have many others toys at my disposal and use them to do amazing things. I have developed just about everything – from shiny user interfaces to low-level kernel drivers. I've worked on servers that handle tens of thousands of users, caching software that accelerates hard drives using SSDs and encrypted distributed storage & backup systems.

Currently, I am working on Ripple, a distributed payment network that allows anyone to send money to anyone else, in any currency. It is based on the same principles as the Internet: free for everyone, accessible to anyone, owned by no one, and connecting the whole world on a shared network. You really should check it out - visit us at https://ripple.com.

My interests are diverse; beyond math-based currencies, they involve next-generation interactive software and input methods, cryptography, security, software protection, cloud storage and performance optimization.

You can find me on Twitter as @nbougalis or reach me by e-mail at nikb@bougalis.net.