David Terei: CTO at MemCachier, Stanford PhD & Fellow at XSeed Capital

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David Terei is the CTO at MemCachier, a enterprise startup focused on a high-performance in-memory database. He also splits his time with Stanford, currently entering his 5th year of a computer science PhD, and XSeed Capital, where he is a fellow and helps advise around deals. Originally from Sydney, he moved to San Francisco 5 years ago.

What do you do best?

Simplify complex systems. I’m in my element when I need to understand a new, large scale system and how to best break that down into manageable pieces and explain it to others. I think this interaction with others is where I excel, being a bridge between the engineering and non-engineering worlds.

What makes you the best?

I think it’s a little much to say I’m the best. My skills are through the usual pathways, education both in and outside the classroom. I’ve been privileged to be raised by parents able to send me to some of the best schools, and also have had a passion for technology from a young age and spend lots of evenings programming and improving.

How will you stay the best?

I will stay focused on keeping education as a constant part of my life. This won’t be formal very much once the PhD is done. But I make and will continue to make time to learn. Reading and play is a big part of this, especially for technology. Setting aside some time once a week to just take stock of the new developments and to acquire a new skill.

What are your aspirations: business & personal?

To start a family and be a great husband and father. To improve my self-confidence and kindness towards others. To be considered a leader in the field. I don’t know what I’ll do next after MemCachier but I know at some point I’ll start a business again. My pipe dream is to eventually move into politics if I had enough leverage from my business success.

What fascinates you?

Too much! I need to be careful to focus as my interests can be too broad and then shallow. I generally am fascinated by technology, economics and politics though.

Favorite Motto?

Be the type of person you want to meet.

Favorite People?

Family and friends.

Favorite Places?

Sydney, Seal Rocks (Australia), Hawaii, Budapest, Berlin.

Favorite Products?

My MacBook and bicycle

Current Passions?

Surfing! Also starting to get into rock climbing.