Rod Chavez has been building systems software for more then 15 years. He spent the first half of the 90's working for Borland, and the last half for Microsoft, before leaving gainful employment to start Crossgain (co-founded with Adam Bosworth) in 2000, which was then purchased by BEA Systems in in the summer of 2001.
Always on the dev-side of things, he has helped ship Paradox for Windows at Borland, IE4 and IE5 at Microsoft and WebLogic Workshop at BEA. At home, he's lately become interested in home-automation and has several projects going on in that area which he details on his personal blog.
Recently, Rod has joined Google. Along with a couple of old friends, he's having the time of his life.
Of course, he's still trying to figure out what he wants to be when he grows up...