Smruti Patel is an Engineering Leader at Stripe, where she heads the Latency, Efficiency & Performance (LEAP) engineering teams. She drives broad cross-organizational strategy and execution to reduce Stripe’s end-to-end API latency, optimize cloud costs and to tune system performance. Prior to that, she led multiple teams at VMware, including backups and disaster recovery. Her experience has given her a view into a wide variety of engineering velocities and shipping styles, from an enterprise release every two years to a continuous SaaS deploy. Her interests include mentoring and coaching, hiking with her boys, and traveling.