Ritendra Datta

Senior Director of Engineering @ Databricks
Software engineering experience at all levels from L4 to L9 across Google, Facebook, Databricks.
United States of America 5.0 (24 reviews) Active today Usually responds in a few hours


$220 / month

Twice a month for ~1 hour works best if you'll need a more active engagement to sort things out.

2 calls per month (55min/call)

Unlimited Q&A via chat

Expect responses in 2 days

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I've worked at Google, Facebook. and Databricks building teams and products in the AI/ML, Search and Recommendation, leading/managing anywhere from 2 to 200 person teams. At the same time, I have a very active life outside work, so I'm a strong advocate for work-life harmony.

I love mentoring and guiding engineers, PMs, TPMs, data scientists, etc. My strength is in leadership coaching and mentoring, solving difficult organizational and inter-personal situations, interviewing for broad technical and people skills, and bringing clarity to foundational theories of AL/ML and Statistics.

I've mentored 100+ and have encountered a sizable variety of situations and circumstances. At the same time, there's so much I don't know. What I do have to offer is an attentive pair of ears, empathy, and an environment for collective brainstorming.

Note: If you are looking for someone to teach your machine learning, give you regular tutoring and hands-on exercises, I am not the right person; I don't have time to prepare hands-on exercises and such.

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What mentees say



5 out of 5 stars

Standard Plan · 
1 month

Genuinely concerned about growth and impact. Very experienced and a great human being.



5 out of 5 stars

Standard Plan · 
1 month

Ritendra can do both. 1) diving deep to the granular level, the specifics when we discuss something technical or 2) bubble things up to a coarser level when we discuss my motivation and goals in life. I was not very articulate about my goals. He reframed what I wanted to achieve in an abstract form. I got a clarification of my motivations and reasons. He gave real-world examples from his experience, grounding his points of view and recommendations with evidence. Toward the end, I summarized the takeaways and he validated my understanding of his advice. Overall, a. a very productive session, resulting in actionable next steps tactically and strategically.



5 out of 5 stars

Lite Plan · 
1 month

Ritendra is awesome—he gets me. He spots where I struggle, and he’s always ready with a story from his own life that somehow perfectly fits the situation. Super knowledgeable but down-to-earth, he's been my go-to for real talk and smart advice. I’m glad I chose him as my mentor.

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