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Through The Corporate Glass

Through The Corporate Glass

By Through The Corporate Glass

Make informed career moves by listening to experienced people talk about their own career choices! From Engineers, Managers, Designers, Entrepreneurs and other professionals - you'll learn about key decisions they made, the skills they invest in and the mindset which helps them succeed.

We are four working professionals - Ashwini, Deepa, Dilip and Pramod - with many years of experience in technology, consulting and product management between us. Our each episode is a crisp 25-30 minutes of thought provoking conversation.

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73. Startup Spotlight: AtomicWork

Through The Corporate GlassOct 08, 2023

73. Startup Spotlight: AtomicWork
Oct 08, 202329:23
72. Exploring Linguistics and it's diverse applications

72. Exploring Linguistics and it's diverse applications

What does the field of linguistics entail? What are the various opportunities in the field? Is it purely theoretical or is there an experimental aspect? How does one delve into interdisciplinary research involving gaming, cybersecurity and computer science and what are the challenges?

To learn about this and unravel an extremely interesting career journey, we chat with Mythili Menon, an Assistant Professor of English and Linguistics at Wichita State University, Kansas, Mythili directs the Menon Lab.  she is also the Director of Linguistics at Wichita State, Director of The Center for Educational Technologies to Assist Refugee Learners and an Associate Editor of the  Journal of South Asian Linguistics. Her research is interdisciplinary and she collaborates with linguists, computer scientists, speech pathologists, education specialists, game designers, and psychologists

She is the recipient of two University faculty awards at Wichita State University. The Young Faculty Risk Taker Award given to faculty who experiment outside the norm in teaching, research and service, and the Young Faculty Scholar award given to faculty who have records of excellence in teaching performance and substantial achievement in research. The Center for Educational Technologies to Assist Refugee Learners’s Project Education for All was named United Way of the Plains Impact on the Plains Social Innovation Game Changer in Education in 2021.

Show Notes



Exhibition Details:,Mythili%20Menon

NSF Cybersecurity Research Details:

Media and News

I appeared on NPR’s 1A Remaking America’s panel on Sorting out Facts, Truth, and Opinion. You can watch the episode here.

United Way of the plains game changer award news article.

News article on NSF-Funded Cybersecurity for All.

News article on State of Kansas funded Project Education for All.

News article on Aphasia in South Asian Languages

COVID-19 pandemic interview with the Wichita Public Library-


Phenomenal woman award nomination: I was nominated for a phenomenal women award at Wichita State University.

Recruitment faculty fellow: I have been named a recruitment faculty fellow for 2021-2022 at Wichita State University.

[Upcoming talks/posters]

(2023) KU Linguistics Colloquy University of Kansas, Lawrence, October 12, 2023

(2023) Improving cybersecurity practices and understanding of privacy among refugees (with Kaitlyn Hemberger, Mohd Sabra, Murtuza Jadliwala) KSDE Great Ideas in Education Conference, October 25-27, 2023, Wichita, KS

(2023) Creating a Bilingual Digital Game-Based Learning Platform for Teaching Refugee Children Middle- School Science (with JaeHwan Byun) 17th European Conference on Games Based Learning, 5-6 October 2023, Enschende, Netherlands

(2023) Being displaced, building a new home: What we can learn from the resilient refugee community Public talk at the Ulrich Museum of Art, September 21, 2023

(2023) Creating a Bilingual Digital Game-Based Learning Platform for Teaching Refugee Children Middle- School Science (with JaeHwan Byun) The Migration Conference, 23-26 August 2023, Hamburg, Germany
(2023) Workshops for Improving Digital Literacy Skills Among Refugee Populations (with Kaitlyn Hemberger, Mohd Sabra, Murtuza Jadliwala) The Migration Conference, 23-26 August 2023, Hamburg, Germany

Sep 04, 202330:13
71. Breaking entry barriers: Philosophy to Software Engineering
Jun 14, 202318:01
70. AI/ML for Sustainability

70. AI/ML for Sustainability

Artificial Intelligence (AI), and Machine Learning (ML) are penetrating our lives & work. Data consumption, analysis and modeling contribute to increasing the carbon footprint of products.

How can AI/ML be applied in the field of sustainability? What kind of skills and training are required to create sustainable solutions ? What are the barriers to entry and what are the opportunities? As people look to dive into the field, how can one effectively establish technical expertise & credibility? To answer this and share his story, we have with us Narayanan Subramanium, a thought leader in Technology and Sustainability. He is currently the CTO of Eugenie and has nearly 3 decades of experience spanning Industrial AI for sustainability, electric vehicles IoT, distributed systems and networking. He is part of the IEEE Bangalore Computer Society,  Executive Committee. He has a Masters in Electrical Engineering from University of Maryland. He completed the chief digital officer executive education program from Indian School of Business and a post graduate diploma in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning from the University of Texas, Austin. 

He talks about technology and sustainability at various events and conferences. As part of the G20, he has been invited by TiE to talk about Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction.

Show Notes

Narayanan's Linkedin Profile:

IEEE Code of Ethics:

Narayanan's Website:

Other Talks

Mar 22, 202349:42
69. Inspiring Women Series: Women's Month 2023

69. Inspiring Women Series: Women's Month 2023

For women’s history month we would like to acknowledge and thank all the women before us who made our success possible. 

In the past we had put together episodes for the women’s month focussing on the thoughts, motivation and influences behind career and life choices. This was very well received and we enjoyed the experience so much that we wanted to put another episode together for this year’s women's month. 

This episode covers answers to the following 6 questions from 13 inspiring women.

1. What does lead like a girl mean to you?

2. What advice would you give your younger self?

3. What is your biggest fear and how do you cope with it?

4. What is the most significant/unconventional choice you have made so far?

5. Who are the women you admire and have shaped your decisions and life?

6. Could you share a favorite book or quote which has influenced you?

The inspiring Women featured in this episode:

Kelly Boyer:

Mollie Holland:

Tulika Mittal:

Srividya Tata:

Uma Varma: 

Anupama Lolage:

Sarala Mandi:

Anusha Sethuraman:

Sandip Bhakta:

Meghana Bhagavan:

Jaya Narasimhan:

Amy Ward:

Ekaterina Arshinova:

Previous episodes in the Inspiring Women Series

Inspiring Women Series - Part 1 

Inspiring Women Series - Part 2

Inspiring Women Series - Part 3

Episode Cover Art: Produced using DALL-E 2 to generate the base image.

Mar 10, 202347:05
68. A deep dive into Data Engineering

68. A deep dive into Data Engineering

What is data engineering? How does it differ from software engineering? What skills do you need to become a data engineer? What are the opportunities and challenges in this area? Harini Rajendran, Senior Software Engineer, Data Engineering, Confluent answers these questions and shares her experience in this episode. Harini's team builds a cloud scale observability data platform. She is one of the leads of the San Francisco chapter of the Women Who Code Backend Study Group. She is a passionate advocate for Diversity. Equity and Inclusion and animal welfare.


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Feb 28, 202327:46
67. A career in Molecular Biology and Sustainability

67. A career in Molecular Biology and Sustainability

What does research in the fields of molecular biology and biophysics involve? How can this research contribute to sustainability efforts? What are the challenges in this area? What skills do you need to contribute to this research ?

To learn about this field, we speak to Sowmya Raghavan, a research lead at BioMan technologies. Sowmya was a consultant with Strand Life Sciences for over fifteen years after she completed her PhD in molecular biophysics from the Indian Institute of Science. She is a passionate advocate of sustainability and a dedicated practitioner as well.

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Jan 28, 202329:17
66. Marketing and Sales: A perspective from print media
Jan 06, 202333:42
65. The role of mentoring and coaching in our career journey
Dec 23, 202231:06
64. The world of infrastructure engineering

64. The world of infrastructure engineering

What does it mean to be an Infrastructure Engineer in the era of cloud computing? What are the opportunities and challenges in this area? How does this differ from application development? What are the latest trends in the field? To answer this and give us a deep dive into the world of infrastructure engineering, we have with us Nik Collins, who is working on Strategic operations and automation at DevRev. He has over a decade of experience with business automation and is one of the pillars of the infrastructure team at DevRev. 

Show Notes:

Linkedin Profile:


Openings on Nik's Team

Nov 11, 202238:23
63. The evolving role of a CIO

63. The evolving role of a CIO

Chief Information Officers (CIOs) are crucial to an organisation’s digital transformation efforts. What is the role of a CIO and how has it evolved over the years? How do they make some of the key technology decisions that drive the organisation? How do they make their choices and what does it take to be a successful CIO. We talk about this with George Eapen, Group CIO of Petrofac.

George is focused on building building best in class Cyber capabilities and developing digital products that deliver better business outcomes for Customers. Before joining Petrofac, he spent 13 years with General Electric (GE) where he had experience in multiple international executive leadership roles in Cybersecurity, Digital transformation and Technology.

Linkedin Profile:

Nov 06, 202230:19
62. Introduction to a career in cyber security

62. Introduction to a career in cyber security

Organisations invest in cyber security to keep their systems and data safe. With increasing global connectivity and rising usage of cloud services, digital assets are vulnerable. How does an organisation go about defining its enterprise cyber security strategy? What are the roles in cyber security and what does it take to be successful? We talk about this with John Dunn, VP - Cyber Security, GE Healthcare.

John is responsible for defining and implementing the overall cyber security strategy for GE Healthcare's enterprise cyber security program. In a career spanning over 2 decades, he has played multiple roles across different functions in the enterprise. He has been the global supply chain IT Leader and CIO for US & Canada region for GE Healthcare.

LinkedIn Profile:

Oct 07, 202243:10
61. Leadership & Management

61. Leadership & Management

Leadership means different things to different people. What does it mean to be a leader at different levels of experience? Is it tied to the number of people reporting to you or is it a mindset? How does one evolve in a leadership role? What skills do you need to be an effective leader and enabler? How does one measure their success as a leader? To discuss this and much more and share his experience and expertise, we have with us Ahmed Bashir, Engineering Leader, DevRev. He was previously Director of Engineering at Apple
Sep 26, 202235:16
60. Exploring a career in Learning & Development

60. Exploring a career in Learning & Development

All organisations define a learning and development strategy to help their employees build the right skills and to shape their thinking. This in turn influences and builds the right culture for the organisation. In this era of digital revolution, helping employees re-skill is critical to adapt to an ever changing business landscape and it's many uncertainties. How do organisations define their Learning & Development strategy? What are the different roles involved in making this strategy successful? What does it take to be successful in these roles? We talk about this with Gautam Goenka, Global Leadership Development Manager at GE Healthcare.

Gautam has over 2 decades of experience in the industry. He has worked with multiple organisations like Shell, Baker Hughes and General Electric. He is also the chairman of Dubai's largest and most active community theatre group - H72 productions.

Linkedin profile:

Sep 04, 202236:44
59. The world of Developer Advocacy

59. The world of Developer Advocacy

Have you ever wondered what Developer advocacy and Ecosystem building involve? What skills does one require to become a developer advocate? What are the challenges and opportunities in this field? How does this compare with other roles? Taylor Dolezal, Head of Ecosystems at Cloud Native Computing Foundation answers these questions and shares his journey. Taylor has also been a founder, Site Reliability Engineer, Systems engineer and a Developer Advocate
Aug 10, 202227:11
58. Exploring the world of user experience
Jul 12, 202245:46
57. Reflections: Blending the essence of 56 Episodes

57. Reflections: Blending the essence of 56 Episodes

It has been a year since we started the podcast. This is a special episode which we recorded in person to reflect on all the episodes so far. We identify the common themes and learnings across different industries, geographies and roles. We would like to sincerely thank every one of our guests for the candid accounts of their journeys. Hope this episode of insights and snippets from the interviews help listeners navigate and find episodes which interest them.

Jul 03, 202201:07:48
56. Building a strategic mindset
May 27, 202234:19
55. How Open Source Development can shape careers

55. How Open Source Development can shape careers

What role can open source play in career development? How does one contribute to and create new open source projects? How do you build a community around an open source project? We chat with Ben Pfaff, Principal Researcher at VMware Research to explore these questions. Ben is a systems researcher focusing on Software Define Networking.. He was one of the first employees at Nicira Networks in 2007 after completing his PhD at Stanford. There, he founded and led development of the Open vSwitch and OVN projects. He also contributed to the OpenFlow and P4 specifications. In January 2020, Ben joined the VMware Research Group. He is a Senior Member of ACM and a Fellow of the Open Networking Foundation. Ben has been a free and open source software developer since 1995, as a contributor to Debian and GNU and other projects.
May 23, 202223:18
54. The world of AI/ML
May 23, 202229:22
53. Taking a career break - How and Why?
Apr 12, 202218:26
52. Exploring the world of Business Development
Mar 25, 202232:51
51. Enterprise Architect - Roles, Opportunities and Learnings
Mar 11, 202236:20
50. Making Sustainability the default choice for all
Feb 25, 202229:17
49. What does it mean to be a problem solver in the sustainability space?

49. What does it mean to be a problem solver in the sustainability space?

How does someone with an engineering background break into policy design? What does it mean to be an effective problem solver in the sustainability space? How does one contribute to evidence based policy making. We talk about this and much more with Hari Dilip Kumar.

Hari is a generalist problem-solver at heart, with a decade of rich and varied experience in sustainability and social impact. He has contributed significantly to ground-breaking projects recognized globally for innovation and impact by organizations including the United Nations. He cofounded FluxGen, a sustainable technologies company in Bengaluru. He then worked at MicroEnergy International (Germany) on the concept of swarm electrification, and headed research & product development at Solshare, an international joint-venture social enterprise creating clean energy marketplaces in rural off-grid areas of Bangladesh. He also researched systems issues at Public Affairs Centre.

He currently works with startups, corporates, academia & non-profits on a range of sustainable development challenges, helping them with business development, technology & design, and policy analysis & advocacy through Solvesustain a recently founded company.

Hari's Linkedin profile:

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Donella Meadows:

Limits of Growth:

Going down the rabbit hole:

The paper from MIT:

Cal Newport's take on Passion:

The tools: Phil Stutsz, Barry Michels:



Human Centered Design:

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Feb 11, 202235:01
48. Thinking out of the box with Dheeraj Pandey

48. Thinking out of the box with Dheeraj Pandey

Building game changing products and transforming industries require thinking outside the box, questioning the accepted state of the world and making bold choices. How does one develop this aptitude, attitude and exposure. What are the challenges and what is the cost of making these bold choices? To delve into these questions, we have with us Dheeraj Pandey, Co-founder and CEO of DevRev, board member at Adobe, co-founder of Nutanix. He is also the co-founder of Param Hansa Values and Param Hansa Philanthropies and is on the board of advisors for the Department of Computer Science at UT Austin. Dheeraj is a true visionary, who constantly questions the status quo and has built companies that have disrupted industry norms. 

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Jan 28, 202229:34
47. Remote work hacks
Jan 24, 202236:11
46. Organizational culture - How values shape our career journey
Jan 14, 202236:44
45. The Diverse skills that drive innovative software products

45. The Diverse skills that drive innovative software products

How do choices shape our perspectives and ability to think out of the box? What skills are essential to creating innovative products?  We hear from people who pursued fields ranging from Physics and Econometrics to Computer Science, from fresh graduates to folks who have more than 2 decades of experience, from those who have questioned the status quo and those who have sustained their interest over decades. Though the journeys are so different and unique, all the people in this interview now work at DevRev, and have a shared purpose. 

Linkedin Profiles of the guests in the episode

  1. Violex Ming:
  2. Harpinder Singh:
  3. Tjaša Šinkovec:
  4. Sunil Pandey:
  5. Lorinc Body:
  6. Nghia Nguyen:
  7. Madhukar Kumar:
  8. Bhavana Thudi:
  9. Dominik Damjakob:
  10. Anindya Mishra:
  11. Nimar Arora:
  12. Srividya Tata:
  13. Aditi Mishra:

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DevRey Day Events:


Devrev Stories:

Dec 10, 202151:32
44. Idea to Product: Choices made by the founders of Typesense Search
Nov 24, 202137:52
43. A Career in Systems Programming

43. A Career in Systems Programming

What does building system software feel like? What does a long term career in Systems Programming look like? What kind of mindset and skills are required to succeed here? What are some misconceptions about this field?

We discuss all this with Arun Raghavan. Arun runs a system software consultancy called He has been a long term contributor to multimedia frameworks like GStreamer and PulseAudio. He has been developing software for over 15 years and has worked at companies like Nvidia and Collabora.

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Nov 12, 202133:09
42. Technical Leadership: A Principal Engineer's view
Oct 22, 202120:25
41. Moving from industry to academia
Oct 15, 202130:05
40. Beyond commerce: Working on technology that benefits society

40. Beyond commerce: Working on technology that benefits society

We have all dreamt of doing projects that benefit society at large, without having profit as the sole motive. What would such a job look like? And how would you go about finding it? We talk to Denny George, an engineer who has been applying his technical skills to civic causes for many years.

Denny is the Co-Founder and Product Engineer at Tattle Inc, where he builds tools and datasets that help fight misinformation in India. Before Tattle, Denny built an app that let US residents manage their interactions with law enforcement agencies. He also built an app for non-unionized workers of Walmart to be more aware of their rights as workers.

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3. MigraCam app -

4. App for Walmart workers -

5. Occupy Wall Street -

6. Quadrant 2 -

7. ACLU -

8. DAIICT, Gandhinagar -

9. Design for the Real World, by Victor Papanek -

10. IIM-A's CIIE -

11. Civic Hall of New York -

Oct 08, 202131:13
 39. It is your career, build it like a product!
Oct 01, 202137:19
38. Archaeology - A journey into our past
Sep 24, 202118:16
37. Note Taking and Information Management

37. Note Taking and Information Management

Sep 17, 202125:50
36. UX Design: A balancing act
Sep 10, 202127:14
35. A Primer on Compliance in Information Technology
Sep 03, 202124:25
34. The Ins and Outs of becoming an Engineering Manager
Aug 27, 202137:21
33. How can a professional masters program realign your career?
Aug 20, 202121:37
32. The value of Mentorship

32. The value of Mentorship

We have teachers to guide us through school &  professors to guide us through university. But when we enter the corporate world, do we seek out similar guides and mentors? We discuss the role of mentorship in career building and talk through practical aspects of identifying mentors with Deepa Vijayakumar, who has been both a mentor and a mentee. Deepa is a Technical Product Manager at GE Healthcare and has over 15 years of industry experience. Deepa's Linkedin Profile:

Aug 14, 202120:48
31. Hiring Software Developers - Going beyond the resume
Aug 06, 202128:05
30. Breaking into Employer Branding
Jul 30, 202116:47
29. Demystifying HR
Jul 23, 202127:56
28. The transformative power of Deep Work

28. The transformative power of Deep Work

What is Deep Work and what are its benefits? How can modern software companies organize themselves to enable employees to do Deep Work consistently? How does a culture of written communication fit into this?

Swanand Pagnis, CTO of CoLearn, explores different facets of this topic in a wide ranging conversation. Swanand has put Cal Newport's principles of deep work into practice over his many years of technical work. Swanand has worked as a Director of Engineering at Deserve and as a Principal Engineer at He conducts a workshop on PostgreSQL and runs the Ruby on Rails and PapersWeLove meetup groups in Bangalore.

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Jul 16, 202136:14
27. Entrepreneur: To be or not to be?
Jul 09, 202125:55
26. A take on Data & Analytics in Enterprise IT

26. A take on Data & Analytics in Enterprise IT

What role does Data and Analytics play in Enterprise IT? What should one keep in mind when implementing analytics within enterprise systems? And what skills do you need to make analytics effective?

To share her learnings, we have with us Nisha Raghavan, Sr. Director (Data & Analytics), GE Healthcare. Nisha has over two decades of experience in this industry. She is passionate about data and has a ton of experience in dealing with its complexities.

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Jul 02, 202119:45
25. Employer Branding: Do's and Don'ts
Jun 25, 202126:52
24. The DNA of a Technical Marketing Engineer
Jun 18, 202119:38