Vinay Gaba

Vinay Gaba

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, USA

Hi.I'm Vinay

“I generally have my hands in your pocket.”

In case you were wondering what that line meant, I am a Tech Lead with a decade worth of experience working with mobile apps. I built my first Android app in 2011 and have been hooked ever since. I truly believe that being able to give life to my ideas is a superpower and I try to make full use of it through the various projects I tend to keep myself busy with. I've also had the fortune of working at some of the best engineering teams like Airbnb, Snapchat, Spotify & Deloitte where I made meaningful contributions.

I'm a Google Developer Expert for Android and I make it a point to share my learnings and have spoken at various conferences like Droidcon Americas/ SF/ Montreal, Android Summit, 360 AnDev, Google Developer Group events, etc. If you'd like to know more about my professional journey, you can head over to this article where my career was featured on Over the years, I've been fortunate to have my work featured in the media. You can find more in this section.

Open source is a big part of my life and I have made meaningful contributions to the Android community. My github profile is a good way to learn about the open source projects that I've created. I've also been invited to numerous judging panels like SIIA CODiE Awards, Horizon Interactive Awards, Edison Awards, CruzHacks, etc. Lastly, I devote a good amount of my time towards mentorship and helping the next generation of engineers. Leading a life of purpose is important to me and I try to give back in whichever way possible.

While my expertise lies in Android, I've spent a good amount of time working on iOS, backend & web in a professional capacity and am willing to work on whatever is needed to get the job done! You can reach me at


“Protons give an atom its identity, electrons its personality.”
- Bill Bryson, A short history of nearly everything



Leading UI Infra & Design Systems on Android where I partner with the best design team on the planet. My work supports ~75 engineers. Previously, I was the Tech Lead on Airbnb's #1 priority. It was a zero-to-one product with a lot of open ended questions. Before that, I worked on Airbnb Plus. Find out more!

Tech Lead
San Francisco, USA
July '19 - Present

Snap Inc.


Snap Inc. is a camera company. Its products include Snapchat and Spectacles. I worked as a Software Engineer on Creative Tools that help users in making their snaps/pictures relevant for the friends they share it with. I wrote code across the stack (Android, iOS, Backend & occasionally Web) with a strong focus on Android. My responsibilities included building new & innovative features, improving code quality, writing automated tests, app profiling, performance tuning, etc.

Software Engineer
Los Angeles, USA
Feb '17 - June '19



Spotify is one of the biggest music streaming service, having over 100 million active users.

I worked as a Software Engineering Intern in the Monetization/Growth team. The monetization team focuses on creating standout promotional experiences for users, artists and brands. My primary job involves working on the Android client to create seamless experiences that drive the monetization and growth efforts of Spotify.

Some of the highlights of my internship are:
• Developed an internal tool for the Android client to help in the verification of translations across devices and locales. [Android, RxJava]
• Built the backend system required to support the tool. [Docker, Apollo, Java8]
• Delivered internal talks to teach upcoming Android technologies
• Participated in a week long program called "Data University" to pick up necessary skills to be a Data Engineer [Hadoop, Scalding, GCP].

Software Engineering Intern
New York, USA
June '16 - Dec '16

Columbia University

Columbia University

Columbia University in the City of New York is a private Ivy League research university located in New York City, and is among the most selective and prestigious institutions of higher learning.

I am pursuing my Master's in Computer Science at Columbia with my specialization in Software Systems.

MS in Computer Science
New York, USA
Aug '15 - Dec '16

Deloitte Consulting

Deloitte Consulting USI

Deloitte Consulting is the world's largest management consulting firm in Strategy & Operations, Human Capital and Technology Services.

I worked on the technical and functional aspects of, Salesforce 1 and Big Machines implementations for the biggest Technology companies. My major focus areas include Apex and Visual Force developments and integration of Salesforce and Big Machines with external systems. I also did a considerable amount of development for Salesforce Wear- the wearables platform for and Salesforce 1- the mobile offering of the platform.

Business Technology Analyst
Hyderabad / Mumbai
Jan '14 - April '15

Gray Routes Innovative Distribution

Grayroutes Innovative Distribution

Gray Routes Innovative Distribution LLP, founded in March 2013, is an agile startup with a transformational agenda. Leveraging the immense power of GPS technology to unearth innovative business models, Gray Routes provides proprietary mobile app solutions and distribution technology consulting to some of the largest FMCG, telecom, food services, e-Commerce and logistics companies transforming their sales and distribution management systems.Gray Routes has been recognized nationally as one among the Top 75 businesses out of over 14000 startups in India's largest and most well known startup workshop - the Economic Times Power of Ideas 2012, conducted jointly by ET, IIM Ahmedabad CIIE, and Department of Science and Technology.

I was a part of the founding team of interns working on products which have now been patented and were demoed in front of angel investors. Gray Routes then went on to raise $100,000 in angel funding.Some of the early versions of the products that I worked on like GoStocky & GrayFos included features like route optimization, supply chain management,inventory management, face recognition & geofencing.

Mobility Intern
Mumbai | May '13 - Aug '13



AIESEC is an international non-governmental not for profit organization that provides young people with cross-cultural global internship and volunteer opportunities and leadership development experiences on campus. It is the world's largest youth run organization.

I was a part of the Mumbai chapter of organization. In my term at AIESEC, I regularly seized team-work and leadership opportunities. Some of my contributions to AIESEC was my term as the Organizing Committee President for events like E-Summit 2012 and Nexus-Stakeholders Summit 2013. My job involved leading a team of over 20 members and taking care of all activities which are involved in executing an event.

Mumbai | Aug '11 - March '13

Thadomal Shahani Engineering College


Thadomal Shahani Engineering College (TSEC) is an engineering and research institute in Mumbai, India.It is the first and the oldest private engineering institute affiliated to the federal University of Mumbai, which is one of the oldest universities of Asia. TSEC is consistently ranked among the top 1% of the private engineering colleges of India.

I graduated as a Bachelor of Engineer in Information Technology from TSEC in 2013. My curriculum focused on systems and software development , with courses on Data Structures and Algorithms, Operating Systems, Computational Mathematics, Microprocessors & Microcontrollers, Networking Technologies, Programing for mobile and remote computers, etc.

Mumbai | Aug '09 - Jun '13


“The doer alone learneth.”
- Friedrich Nietzsche


“Be a voice, not an echo.”
- Albert Einstein


“Focus on doing good work. People will notice it eventually!”


“You can do anything you set your mind to.”
- Benjamin Franklin



I love solving riddles and problems and building stuff from scratch. My strong suit is that I don't give up without a fight. When trying to find the solution to a problem, I will not quit until I find at least one. The satisfaction I get from solving a problem can really make my day.



Android is where I have been focusing my attention towards since the past few years. I have worked on over 15 apps since the Android 2.2 days across different form factors and platforms like Android, Android Wear , Google Glass and Cardboard SDK.



I love listening to music and its one of the few things that helps me focus on the task at hand. Some of my favourite artists are Avicii, Coldplay & Calvin Harris. Here is a Spotify playlist containing my favourite tracks.



I couldn't live without sports. 3-4 times a week, you'll find me in the gym . I also make it a point to play football regularly.I just love the adrenaline rush!



I love the idea of working in a small group of people working very closely, to build one focal excitingly new product. I have worked with a few startups and helped them in developing mobile solutions and also got the opportunity to do an internship with some. I love reading about startups and the processes they follow. Some of my favourite startup related sites that I spend hours on are Techcrunch, ProductHunt, AngelList, Yourstory & HackerNews.