Dawa Sherpa

Over 2 decades of startup experience, early Etsy, CTO of Atoms

With over 20 years spanning development, management, and advisory work at companies including Atoms, Candid, Rocketrip, Etsy, and Arena, I bring deep technical expertise and leadership to drive results. My hands-on background as a full-stack developer along with CTO experience scaling engineering teams enables me to tackle complex challenges and build disruptive products. While I am currently focused on a predictive analytics startup, I also serve some of my time as a technical advisor and consu…

Dawa Sherpa


  • Find Healthcare & Nursing Jobs | Vivian Health

    Find Healthcare & Nursing Jobs | Vivian Health

    Take the first step to finding your next healthcare job. Explore thousands of job opportunities with all the information you need. It's your future. Come find it.
  • Atoms


    Atoms are the most comfortable shoes for everyday wear. Elastic laces, copper lining, breathable materials, and simple design make them the best shoes for every day

  • Candid Clear Aligners | A straighter, brighter smile, guaranteed.

    Candid Clear Aligners | A straighter, brighter smile, guaranteed.

    Transform your smile, and your health, with Candid.

  • Arena Analytics | Leveraging Data to Transform the Labor Market

    Arena Analytics | Leveraging Data to Transform the Labor Market

    • Changed engineering processes to cut down the average project implementation cycle from a couple of months to several weeks.
    • Doubled the rate at which we were deploying data-science model updates by improving collaboration between data science team members and engineering.
    • Empowered team to fix production bugs faster by automating deploys, and improving observability of the entire stack. We went from doing bug fix releases weekly to daily after the improvement. This change in culture resulted in our clients noticing the uptick in bug reports they were filing.
    • Mentored and coached first time managers, and sr. engineers for both morale and team productivity. I was able to understand and suggest solutions to some of the engineering issues indirectly during our sessions.

    Arena Analytics uses predictive analytics to provide HR teams with workforce planning, talent acquisition, and AI recruitment tools.

  • Save on Business Travel Together

    Save on Business Travel Together

    Rocketrip was founded on the belief that there’s a better way to align corporate and personal interests than strict policies and mandates. Our mission is to center the values of ownership and employee empowerment in corporate travel. Our customers use Rocketrip to invest up to one million dollars a month back into employees, and we’re just getting started making a difference.

  • Etsy - Shop for handmade, vintage, custom, and unique gifts for everyone

    Etsy - Shop for handmade, vintage, custom, and unique gifts for everyone

    Find the perfect handmade gift, vintage & on-trend clothes, unique jewelry, and more… lots more.


  • Stealth Startup

    Stealth Startup

    Cofounder & CTO

    Apr 2022 - Present

    stay free - enjoy live

    • For any physical product brand, running a supply chain has a big hidden cost when you make inaccurate demand planning. Cost adds up when you do not have key context readily available to make proactive decisions that is usually buried in emails, multiple apps, excel, and people's mind. Last but not the least, your marketing team and operations team working in Silo not only has hidden monetary cost to business, but also creates unnecessary stress and work for all parties involved. I am working on saving brands from these hidden costs.
    • If you represent such a brand, please reach out to be part of our Beta Launch.
  • Atoms


    Head of Engineering

    Mar 2019 - Apr 2022

    “These might be the most thoughtfully designed sneakers ever.” – Vogue⁣ ⁣

    • Worked with the growth team to identify and lead several projects to improve conversion 175% from 0.49% to 1.2% within a few months
    • Hired and managed local and remote team members to the engineering team.
  • Candid™


    Engineering Manager

    Oct 2018 - Apr 2019

    • Promoted feature flag driven development to my team, which enabled release of key changes to the infrastructure several weeks earlier. We stabilized system outages while daily business revenue grew from 20K to 100K
    • Overhauled Candid’s patient review app. This project enabled customer support, photo review team, and dentists to work together effectively and accurately. Improved the time it took to process patient cases by more than 5 times.
  • Arena


    Director Of Engineering

    Aug 2017 - Nov 2018

    Arena Analytics helps organizations vitalize, stabilize, and diversify their workforce. Leveraging insights from data analytics and machine learning, Arena matches people to specific positions, departments, and locations where they are most likely to thrive. By revealing each individual’s likely performance, Arena is transforming the labor market from one based on perception and unconscious bias, to one based on outcomes. Organizations partner with Arena to avoid the high cost of employee turnover, fill vacancies quicker, and optimize initiatives to increase diversity and improve workforce engagement. Unlike other HRTech solutions that use Natural Language Processing to match a job description to an application/resume, Arena goes beyond the theoretical and the traditional to analyze on-the-ground realities. Arena collects continuous feeds of outcome data from employers in addition to data from individuals and the world around us to predict the likely outcomes for people in specific positions and workplaces.

    • Changed engineering processes to cut down the average project implementation cycle from a couple of months to several weeks. Enabled daily production deploys instead of weekly releases.
    • Mentored and coached first time managers, and sr. engineers for both morale and team productivity. I was able to understand and suggest solutions to some of the engineering issues indirectly during our sessions.
  • Rocketrip


    Engineering Manager

    Jun 2015 - Sep 2017

    Rocketrip cuts a company’s travel costs by incentivizing employees to spend less on their trips. When employees get to keep a portion of the savings they generate, they start to treat the company’s money like it’s their own. Rocketrip’s software combines real-time travel prices, company policy, and a suite of patented algorithms to set a customized Price to Beat, predicting what a trip should cost. Business travelers beat these thresholds by making cost-conscious choices like booking in advance, selecting a cheaper hotel, or staying with friends. The company saves money, and the employee earns actual rewards. Rocketrip provides comprehensive reporting and seamlessly integrates into any existing corporate and expense technology stack. If you want to rein in business travel costs while improving corporate culture, visit rocketrip.com

    • Design, Collaborate and Implement technical solutions for business needs.
    • Brought in the culture of monitoring and measurement to help with decisions
    • Manage offshore and onshore team members.
  • Etsy


    Sr. Software Engineer

    Oct 2011 - Jan 2014

    Keep Commerce Human

    • Worked on product similar to smile.amazon.com for Etsy.
    • Migrated Listing & Conversation projects off a big monolithic DB into sharded MySQl databases
    • Restructure data, and code so that Etsy can continue to scale with its rising operational demand. Optimize existing code to remove inefficiencies both in terms of site performance, and developer productivity.
    • Technology: PHP, Java, MySQL, PostgreSQL
  • The Higher Gear Group

    The Higher Gear Group

    Engineering Manager

    Aug 2008 - Aug 2011

    • Oversaw engineering and office operations at THGG's San Diego location.
    • Spearheaded development of THGG's call-center application and flagship product ezDesk (payment calculator)
    • Technology: Asterisk, Java, Spring, Python
  • The Higher Gear Group

    The Higher Gear Group

    Senior Software Engineer

    Mar 2005 - Oct 2008

    • Created a quoting tool, ezDesk, dealers use to calculate/compare various payment options.
    • Refactored email management system.
    • Led development of integration platform with ADP and Reynolds.
    • Contributed to development of lead delivery system.
    • Contributed to development of our software delivery system to enable turn key software updates across all client servers. This in turn allowed the company to have rapid turnaround on the bugs and new feature requests.
    • General bug maintenance, research into new tools and process.
    • Technology: Python, Pylons, Turbo-gears, Twisted, Javascript, RPM, Postgresql
  • Didit.com


    Web Developer

    Aug 2003 - Feb 2005

    Founded in 1996, Didit is a fully integrated marketing and communications firm, with offices in Manhattan; Melville, Long Island; and Burlington, Massachusetts, as well as a direct marketing division Didit DM in Plainview NY. Recognized as an Inc. 500, Deloitte Fast 50 and Fast 500 company, Didit is a privately-held industry pioneer that offers an unparalleled range of marketing, public relations and digital services, from “postcard to post-click.” The agency’s experienced professionals, innovative strategy, best-of-breed technology and advanced analytics provide a fully comprehensive marketing approach to businesses, delivering unmatched results for more than 200 clients across all verticals. Didit was co-founded by SEO/SEM thought leader, SEMPO founding board member, and Didit Executive Chairman Kevin Lee. For more information, visit https://www.didit.com/. Like us on Facebook www.facebook.com/DiditMarketing Follow us on Twitter www.twitter.com/DiditMarketing

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