Alexandru Popescu

Alexandru Popescu

Senior Product Manager at DataStax

San Francisco, California (San Francisco Bay Area)
Computer Software

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Alexandru Popescu's Overview

  • Senior Product Manager at DataStax
  • Creator, Founder, Writer at myNoSQL
  • Product Manager at RethinkDB
  • Co-founder/CTO/Product Manager at
  • TestNG co-founder at
  • Software Engineer/Speaker/Evangelist at Apache Jackrabbit/JCR
  • Groovy committer at Groovy
  • Developer at WebWork/XWork
  • Technical Leader at EZLegacy

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Alexandru Popescu's Summary

Building on my experience as a software developer that loves first hand feedback from his users, in the last few years my role involved the product management of a large rich media content platform for senior technical people and also a new NoSQL database. According to my superiors, I've been very successful in aligning the business strategy with the requirements of the end users, prioritizing and delivering timely results together with my team.

Through my work on open source projects I got access to large user communities that taught me how to surface the real requirements behind feature requests and how to prioritize work to best satisfy the various and sometime heterogeneous users' needs.

Since 2009, I have been maintaining the largest independent online publication (myNoSQL: focused on NoSQL databases and Big Data. Following and analyzing the young NoSQL market helped me better understand what helps the adoption of new products and what users value most.

I also speak at various international software conferences getting a lot of pleasure in introducing people to bleeding-edge technologies.

Alexandru Popescu's Experience

Senior Product Manager


Privately Held; 201-500 employees; Computer Software industry

July 2013Present (1 year 4 months) San Francisco Bay Area

Creator, Founder, Writer


December 2009Present (4 years 11 months)

Evangelizing new directions in data management systems: NoSQL databases, Big Data, and polyglot persistence.

Product Manager


Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Computer Software industry

July 2012July 2013 (1 year 1 month) Mountain View, CA

As a product manager I have worked closely with the CEO and the team to prioritize the feature set for the first releases. I also helped the team shape the product API by centralizing internal priorities and early users’ feedback and combining these with my extensive knowledge of other products in the market.

Co-founder/CTO/Product Manager

Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Computer Software industry

August 2005December 2011 (6 years 5 months) Bucharest & Toronto

• As part of the core management team I’ve been involved in all strategic business decisions.

• As the Product manager of’s end user & platform strategy I’ve been responsible for ensuring the feature strategy met the needs of our community and the growth needs of the platform.

• Web CMS/Service: I have been working along with the business team to define the product features set. I’ve architected, prototyped and built the first versions of a new approach for the web content management system. Over time, we evolved the initially centralized solution into more of a service-based architecture.

TestNG co-founder

August 20042010 (6 years)

TestNG co-founder, TestNG Eclipse plugin core developer

Software Engineer/Speaker/Evangelist

Apache Jackrabbit/JCR

Nonprofit; 1001-5000 employees; Computer Software industry

September 2005September 2009 (4 years 1 month)

Using and Evangelizing JCR and its open source implementation Apache Jackrabbit. Jackrabbit and Magnolia are the core technologies of the CMS serving

Groovy committer


March 2007December 2008 (1 year 10 months)

Groovy developer. Contributed support for annotations, bug fixes, performance improvements.



20052007 (2 years)

Technical Leader


October 2003August 2005 (1 year 11 months)

Alexandru Popescu's Languages

  • English

    (Professional working proficiency)
  • French

    (Limited working proficiency)
  • Romanian

    (Native or bilingual proficiency)

Alexandru Popescu's Skills & Expertise

  1. Java
  2. Python
  3. Groovy
  4. Testing
  5. AOP
  6. Open Source
  7. System Architecture
  8. Enterprise Architecture
  9. Software Engineering
  10. Hadoop
  11. NoSQL
  12. Big Data
  13. Hibernate
  14. Scalability
  15. Tomcat
  16. Web Services
  17. SOA
  18. Agile Methodologies
  19. Cloud Computing
  20. Distributed Systems
  21. Java Enterprise Edition
  22. Software Development
  23. Architecture
  24. Design Patterns
  25. UML
  26. JUnit
  27. Spring
  28. Subversion
  29. OOP
  30. JBoss Application Server
  31. Maven
  32. REST
  33. NoSQL databases
  34. Cassandra
  35. BigData
  36. RDBMS
  37. Databases
  38. Test Driven Development
  39. Architectures

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Alexandru Popescu's Education

University of Bucharest

Mathematics, Computer Science


Activities and Societies: Computer Science studies, Advanced mathematics

Academia de Studii Economice din București

Advanced Economical Mathematics


Activities and Societies: Risk theory, Game theory, Advanced Economical Mathematics

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