Prithvi Prabhu

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I work at the intersection of computing and design to explore and invent new ways of interacting with information. I author software that makes it simple, fast, fun and easy to discover, interpret and communicate patterns in data.

I am interested in:

Programming Languages

I like tinkering with programming languages.


I’ve founded or been an early engineer in three startups.

I currently work at (Mountain View, California) as Chief of Technology, a fancy title for “mostly programmer, programming” (10,000+ commits in Github since March 2014).

I lead the development of H2O Wave, an open-source analytical decision-support platform that involves several interesting aspects including real-time information visualization, search-driven exploratory data analysis, information retrieval and augmented analytics. H2O Wave has a novel language-agnostic rapid application development system for authoring interactive real-time information displays and applications.

I consider myself incredibly fortunate to be working with some of the smartest people in the industry, including Leland Wilkinson of Grammar of Graphics fame, and hacker extraordinaire Cliff Click.

In the past, I have been responsible for:

Previously in 2010, I founded, a web-based interactive visual analytics system based on Leland Wilkinson’s Grammar of Graphics. You can see it in action here. The front-end was originally authored in a custom Lisp dialect, transpiled to Coffeescript, then Javascript. The programming paradigm was inspired by Flapjax, based on functional reactive programming and flow-based programming, long before Elm or React/Redux were a thing. The entire user interface and visualization/rendering library minified down to ~150KB, a fourth of the size of the average web page back in 2010. As far as I’m aware, it was the first browser-based “BI” system in existence. was acquired by Platfora in 2012, which in turn was acquired by Workday in 2016. The product is currently called Prism.

Previously I used to be in technology consulting with 3Com, Abbott, Aon, Astra Zeneca, Elan, Genworth Financial, Glaxo SmithKline, Healthways, Herbalife, Metlife, Northwestern Mutual, Pfizer, Sun Microsystems and XL Re, via Infosys.