Robert Goins

Principal Engineering Manager @ Microsoft
Principal engineering lead with experience growing engineers and designing complex systems.
United States of America 5.0 (3 reviews) Active last month Usually responds in a day or two


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I graduated from Penn State University in 2007 with a B.S. in Software Engineering and a B.S. in Mathematics. I got my first job at Microsoft where I worked in both the Windows and Office orgs on low level graphics and rendering (a lot of C/C++ using and creating DirectX and Direct Composition APIs). After about 6 years, I decided I wanted to learn about the world outside of Microsoft, and I went to work at Google. There, I worked in Corporate Engineering (Mostly Java and GWT). I decided to go completely away from corporate high tech companies and worked at a small fintech company (mostly JavaScript / Angular and C# on the backend) but at the end of the day I realized I missed Seattle and Microsoft, so my wife and I decided to move back to Seattle. After evaluating my different offers I decided to join the Xbox org at Microsoft. In the next 5 years at Microsoft, I worked on low latency video streaming, computer vision and Machine Learning, and then decided to change tracks to management. I did some more exploring and realized I wanted to try out a medium size, close to start up but not quite startup company so I worked at Door Dash. But I then got a chance to work in Minecraft which I couldn’t pass up. I am currently a Lead in the Bedrock platform team and specifically run the team that works on most of what you would consider the game engine for the bedrock (Non-Java Windows, Xbox, Mobile, PSX, Switch) edition(s) of Minecraft. At night and on weekends, I am a student at the University of Washington in their Technology Management MBA program where we focus on leadership, entrepreneurship, and business.

What mentees say



5 out of 5 stars

I had a great introductory conversation with Robert. I appreciated his quite tone and his professional yet friendly attitude during our meeting. He listened carefully to my story and my questions, and provided insightful advices and thoughts. I initially thought that half an hour would have not been enough, but at the end I felt we talked a lot and I covered all the topics I prepared for the discussion. Also, Robert showed flexibility about time constraints of the session, and made me feel at ease all the time. Definitely recommended! I also recommend Robert's blog: his articles are well written and full of wisdom and experience, characteristics that I found during our talk as well.



5 out of 5 stars

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Robert is very knowledgable



5 out of 5 stars

It was really great chatting with Robert, can't wait to start this journey.



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