Yusuf Birader

Software engineer with a deep interest in systems and infrastructure. I currently work at Confluent.

My aim is to build systems that solve meaningful problems and make people’s lives easier.

I'm recently built Symphony, an open source runtime designed to make it easy for developers to build collaborative web applications. Symphony handles the complexities of implementing collaboration, including conflict resolution and real-time infrastructure, freeing developers to focus on creating unique and engaging features for their applications.

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Other notable work includes:

A blazing fast concurrent zip archiver
A web-based tool for testing and debugging webhooks.

Most recently, I worked at 37signals, in the Security, Performance, and Infrastructure (SIP) team.

Previously, I spent some time working in the City of London as a patent lawyer where I helped prosecute UK and European patent applications relating to computing and electronic devices. Some of the technologies I worked on included charging circuits for EVs, software-defined networking (SDN), and distributed databases.

Before that, I graduated with a degree in Physics. I conducted research into the orbital dynamics of planetary remnants around white dwarfs, which was published by the Royal Astronomical Society. I was awarded the Seymour prize for my work.

Alongside this, I worked as a campus ambassador for Norton Rose Fulbright, and did a few internships which included a stint at Magic Circle law firm, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.

Other interests

Aside from programming, I love to write and share my thoughts on a variety of topics from software engineering, personal growth, to reviews of great books I've read. Currently, I'm reading Crime and Punishment by Dostoevsky, my first foray into Russian literature.

I also occasionally write poetry when I'm in a particular reflective mood.

Alongside that, I'm a keen cyclist and traveller. I've cycled over 1000 miles across Europe...

giant road bike
My trusty steed as I pass through Düsseldorf, Germany, on my way to Paris, France.

and visited over 30 countries.

wadi rum desert
I spent one night camping in the Jordanian desert. I lived in Jordan for 3 months to study Arabic.

I'm looking forward to the next adventure!