From Gwen Shapira’s interview in the May 2015 issue of the NoCOUG Journal:

“I got my current job at Cloudera through Twitter.

At the time, I was working with a retailer in Japan, as a consultant through Pythian. I was there to help them migrate to Exadata, but their data warehouse system was tightly integrated with Hadoop, and I got to work on this integration too. I got a lot of exposure to Cloudera’s distribution—indispensible tools for integrating Hadoop with data warehouses such as Sqoop, Avro, Hive, and Impala. Many of those tools were indispensible but not 100% mature at the time, so I spent a lot of time troubleshooting; since I was alone in Tokyo, I vented on Twitter. I got into interesting and quite useful discussions with a bunch of Clouderans, and eventually Cloudera CEO Mike Olson messaged me and asked to meet when I get back.

We met, we chatted, I talked to his team, and few months later, I decided to leave Pythian and my beloved Exadatas and go help Cloudera customers make use of new types of data and new data systems. To this day, I’m not sure if I was hired because I’m a good consultant or because they wanted the complaints on Twitter to stop.”