Portrait of Sharad Agarwal

Sharad Agarwal

Senior Principal Researcher


I’m a computer science researcher, engineer, and angel investor in the Seattle tech industry. I have spent 16 years at Microsoft Research, working on advanced & applied research in mobile computing, networking, and cloud services.

I have advanced the state-of-the-art in several technical areas, including scalable cloud services, network traffic management, latency in multiplayer games, and geo-distributed online services. I have co-authored 40 academic publications with over 6,700 citations, and co-invented 48 issued patents. I have served on over 60 committees for international conferences, workshops, journals and the NSF.

I have worked closely with Microsoft business groups in my research, and have impacted Microsoft products, including Windows 10 and Windows Phone 8. Together with a small team of researchers and engineers, I’ve designed, implemented and stood up a scalable service on Azure that has served over 21 million users. I was recently named an ACM Distinguished Member for outstanding engineering contributions to computing.

I’m an active angel investor in the Pacific Northwest. You can find out more about me and contact me via my LinkedIn profile and my personal webpage.