Ray Paik

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Sunnyvale, CA

Ray is a Community Manager at PingCAP where he is helping to grow the TiDB community. Prior to PingCAP, Ray managed open source communities at Cube Dev, GitLab and the Linux Foundation. He has over 15 years of experience in the high-tech industry in roles ranging from software engineer, product manager, program manager, and team lead at companies such as EDS, Intel, and Medallia. Ray lives in Sunnyvale, CA with his wife and daughter and all three are loyal season ticket holders of the San Jose Earthquakes soccer team. Previously Ray spoke at CHAOSScon, Community Leadership Summit, FOSDEM, GitLab Commit, and Open Source Summit.

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As a former math major, one of my favorite ways to disprove something is by finding a counter example.

When I hear a someone say something stereotypical about a country, culture, etc., I'm often able to offer a counter example by telling them about my experience with individuals who doesn't fit the stereotype.

I had a good fortune of meeting and working with people from many countries through several open source communities, so I have a pretty good arsenal of counter examples :-)

For many students, internships (or industri-academic projects as is the case here) maybe their first real exposure to open source communities. If they have a positive experience, this can really help them become life-long fans of open source. This is another win-win for everyone :-)