Hello, my name is Karl Cardenas and I am a technical leader with a passion in technology and software. To better help you get an idea of who I am I like to summarize my strengths in into three buckets; leadership, learning agility, and developing others.

I’m the kind of person that will naturally take charge when there is a lack of leadership, or proper leadership is needed-no matter how difficult the situation. I wasn’t always this person, it took a lot of personal sacrifices and overcoming difficult situations for me to become this leader. The unique challenges in life threatening situations and hostile environments the military exposed me to as team leader helped shape me into the leader I am today. I believe in leading by example and I wouldn’t ask anyone to do something I myself would not be willing to do.

I believe what sets me apart from other people is the willingness to dive into something completely foreign or to get out of my comfort zone. Such as jumping from mainframe infrastructure space to an application development space, and then to public cloud infrastructure. I am able to do this because of my passion for learning and the desire to be a well-rounded IT leader. This desire to be a well-rounded IT leader is why I decided to enroll in a full-time MBA program while working as a full-time analyst at State Farm-I did this because I wanted to better understand the business side, it was a difficult two-year challenge but that is how much I value self-improvement.

As for mentoring, it’s something that comes naturally to me. I enjoy mentoring people and helping them unlock their best potential. I welcome the opportunity to mentor others, and it’s something I am fortunate enough to be doing currently in my role. I personally find it very rewarding seeing someone I have developed and coached- succeed and become a leader in their space.

In addition, creating a community is passion of mine, sharing knowledge and getting other up to speed it something that I believe to be a core leadership attribute. Sharing knowledge and being a technical role model is what drives me daily, my passion for learning and promoting knowledge sharing is something I actively do currently in my role but also on my own time through open source contributions and authoring technical articles. As I said earlier, I believe in leading by example, and I live to be a technical leader who promotes knowledge sharing and self-improvement.


I like to keep things simple, I use the following equation as my north star in life.

 (learning + hard work + helping others) = success
  • Laugh, and make things fun
  • Embrace continuous learning
  • Put in the hard work to become a valued asset and inspire others
  • Share knowledge back to help others
  • When in charge, be in charge! A bad decision is better than no decision!
  • Look after your team and those close to you!


  • Reading
  • Weightlifting
  • Finance
  • Real Estate
  • Occasional gaming