Last updated: 02/05/2024

Hristo Bojinov (

I am a technical leader, entrepreneur, and researcher (in this order). Lately my work has spanned computer security, cloud, networking, embedded systems, mobile technology, and computer vision. I have deep experience in software systems and computer security as well as broad interests and skills.

Employment Highlights

2021-2023 Director, Engineering at Zoox (post-AMZN) My second tour of duty with Zoox (after the Amazon acquisition), requested back to be responsible for Product Security and Vehicle Software Infrastructure (two of the areas of responsibility I had in Zoox 1.0, see below 2018-2019). Most notably I built up the Product Security function from 1 person to 3 teams, each with a clear charter (and differentiated recruiting pipeline): vehicle security, cloud security, offensive security. As an individual, I also collaborated broadly within Engineering, with IT, as well as with non-technical functions. I also oversaw the 2x growth of the Vehicle Software Infrastructure team into several subteams. Total org size ~30.

2019-2021 Senior Staff Software Engineer at Google I was TLM for Serverless Networking in Google Cloud. Managed a team of senior ICs as well as collaborated across Google Cloud (engineering and product) to establish a joint technical roadmap aligned with the product vision.

2018-2019 Senior Manager, Engineering at Zoox (pre-AMZN) Took on the challenge of building the Rider Platforms organization under Software to address an important area for Zoox. Built the team from scratch, with engineers addressing areas ranging from embedded software (Yocto) to product security (as a horizonal) to rider-facing interfaces (Android and Linux), cellular communications and networking, as well as vehicle SW deployment and mission data ingest.

2015-2018 CTO at Innit First engineer on the team, hired the whole engineering organization that built software for products ranging from a smart oven, a smart fridge inventory system (embedded + cloud + computer vision), and later enabled the pivot towards an API-only offering. Total org size ~20.

2013-2015 CEO at Anfacto Spun off from Motorola, hired a small team to support an existing customer base (Android OS modified for enterprise use) as well as to develop a standalone Android OS distro for single-purpose devices. Managed as a profitable business through final wind-down in 2016.

2010-2013 CSO at 3LM (acquired by MMI) Head of Product Security for 3LM (and Director of Engineering at Motorola Mobility post-acquisition). Responsible for both client and server sides of a mobile VPN product prior to Android having formal VPN capabilities, and through their introduction in the Ice Cream Sandwich release.

2002-2008 Senior Manager, Engineering at Decru (acquired by NTAP) Started at Decru as a Software Engineer, promoted through Engineering Manager and to Senior Manager at NetApp after the 2005 acquisition. Responsibilities for the company's NAS product (NAS storage encryption appliance) and key management product (which evolved from an application to a standalone appliance with security and redundancy designed in).

2000-2002 Software Engineer, Oracle First full-time job out of school, worked on an application server that became the platform for multiple teams to develop apps for their verticals (Warehouse, Inventory, etc.), rendered over Telnet and WAP. Wrote the core event-processing logic and a separate cross-platform load-balancer executable (which still appears to be in use 20+ years later).

Education, etc.

Most of my publications can be found at and I also have authored a number of patents over the years.

Stanford University, PhD in Computer Science 2013 (research focus: Computer Security)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, BSc in Computer Science 1999 (EECS Course 6-3 in MIT-speak)