Neeraj Poddar is the Head of Engineering at Solo.io. He has worked on various aspects of operating systems, networking and distributed systems over the span of his career. He is passionate about developing efficient and performant distributed applications. He’s an open source enthusiast who focuses on application of open source technologies across different industries. He is a long term contributor and maintainer of the Istio project, a former Steering Committee member and currently serves on the Istio Technical Oversight Committee (TOC). Prior to joining Solo, he was the Co-founder and Chief Architect at Aspen Mesh. When not working on service meshes, you can find him playing racquetball and gaining back the calories spent playing by trying out new restaurants.