Through The Corporate Glass
By Through The Corporate Glass
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.
Find out more at www.throughthecorporateglass.com
Through The Corporate GlassOct 08, 2023
73. Startup Spotlight: AtomicWork
Today in the spotlight we have AtomicWork.
We chat with Vijay Rayapati, Co-founder and CEO at Atomicwork. Vijay is a serial entrepreneur. His previous startup Minjar was a cloud management solution acquired by Nutanix. Before Minjar, he was CTO at Kuliza.
Vijay's Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/amnigos/
AtomicWork Website: www.atomicwork.com
AtomicWork Podcast: open.spotify.com/show/2D5Bx8j3ZpqO9HVQh5opsu
AtomicWork Careers: www.atomicwork.com/company/careers
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.
NSF Cybersecurity Research Details: https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=2210185&HistoricalAwards=false
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- https://cdm17408.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/collection/COVID-19_4/id/49/rec/13.
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.
(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
71. Breaking entry barriers: Philosophy to Software Engineering
Nadia Matin's Linkedin Profile: www.linkedin.com/in/nadia-matin-89878419b/
Ludwig Wittgenstein: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ludwig_Wittgenstein
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.
Narayanan's Linkedin Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cnsubramaniam/
IEEE Code of Ethics: https://www.ieee.org/about/corporate/governance/p7-8.html
Narayanan's Website: https://climate350.com/
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: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kelly-boyer-b6a09a7/
Mollie Holland: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mollie-holland/
Tulika Mittal: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tulika-mittal-68a8939a/
Srividya Tata: https://www.linkedin.com/in/srividya-tata-949538/
Anupama Lolage: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alolage/
Sarala Mandi: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sarala-mandi-57787097/
Anusha Sethuraman: https://www.linkedin.com/in/anushasethuraman/
Sandip Bhakta: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sandip-bhakta-22a3232/
Meghana Bhagavan: https://www.linkedin.com/in/meghana-bhagavan-5a808b1a/
Jaya Narasimhan: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jaya-narasimhan-6661a811/
Ekaterina Arshinova: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ekaterina-arshinova-88b76b20a/
Previous episodes in the Inspiring Women Series
Episode Cover Art: Produced using DALL-E 2 to generate the base image.
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.
Harini's Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/hrajendran/
Harini on WWCode: https://www.womenwhocode.com/sf/about
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.
Referenced in the Episode
66. Marketing and Sales: A perspective from print media
What does a career in print media entail? What are the skills required to succeed in this field? How does one build credibility and brand recognition for new publications? Suresh Selvaraj, formerly the president of the Outlook Group of magazines and later the CEO of the Suvarna News shares his journey, learnings, and perspectives. He has over 30 years of experience, having worked for different kinds of print media brands like dailies, weekend papers, and magazines. He has been part of national and regional leaders, fledgling brands, start-ups, challenger brands, and international brands. He currently blogs about Travel.
Suresh's Linkedin Profile: https://in.linkedin.com/in/suresh-selvaraj-b508a645
Suresh's Travel Blog: https://thebikerman.wordpress.com/
His Travel Writing in Deccan Herald: https://www.deccanherald.com/content/625357/a-bikers-tales.html
65. The role of mentoring and coaching in our career journey
In our career journey, coaches and mentors help us reach our potential. They not only help us make better decisions but also have an impact on the way we think and approach problems. How does one go about finding a mentor or a coach? What is the difference between them? How do we have an effective relationship with a mentor or a coach? We talk about this with Mary Beth Stockton.
Mary Beth Stockton is VP Technical Product Management - Imaging, Engineering & Sourcing at GE HealthCare. She is a graduate of GE's Leadership program. As an IT Leader, she is passionate about rallying people around a common mission to solve problems that matter. She is a coach, mentor and supporter of women in technology.
Linkedin Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mary-beth-stockton-6a64888
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.
Linkedin Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nikolacollins/
Openings on Nik's Team
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: https://ae.linkedin.com/in/george-eapen-39b03428
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: https://www.linkedin.com/in/john-dunn-8835311/
61. Leadership & Management
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: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gautamjgoenka/
59. The world of Developer Advocacy
58. Exploring the world of user experience
Digital products are an integral part of our day-to-day lives. We are increasingly aware about our experiences with these products - whether they delight us, make us happy or drive us insane. What does it take to design and build these experiences? What are the roles in an organisation that help drive user experience? What skills does it take to do this? We talk about this with Stephanie Williams, UX Director at GE Healthcare.
Stephanie has over 17 years of experience in the industry. She started out as a usability specialist at Ford Motor Company, moved on to lead user research and design and now as a director, drives experience strategy and focuses on making it a part of how an organisation works.
Linkedin profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sreppenh/
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.
56. Building a strategic mindset
Strategy - It can mean many things to people. It can be used in a personal context or professional context. As we think about our own careers, it becomes important to understand how all of these come together. How do we tie what we do with the organization's strategy? We talk about this with Kostubh Vashishth, VP Product Management - Customer Engagement & Marketing, GE Healthcare.
In his career spanning over 20 years, Kostubh has defined and driven strategies in Product management, Enterprise Architecture, Management, and Business Consulting. He has worked across different industries like Healthcare, Travel, Telecom, and Retail. He is passionate about driving teams and the organization around a common mission.
Linkedin profile: https://in.linkedin.com/in/kostubhvashishth
55. How Open Source Development can shape careers
54. The world of AI/ML
Nimar Arora did his BTech in Computer Science from IIT Kanpur, Masters from UT Austin and PhD from UC Berkeley after 16 years working in the industry. He founded a company called Bayesian Logic, where he co-invented and deployed the NET-VISA generative model to help the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (a UN organization) detect and locate nuclear explosions on a global scale.
Nimar's Linkedin Profile: www.linkedin.com/in/nimar-arora
53. Taking a career break - How and Why?
Pramod is an entrepreneur. He is the founder of Bitken technologies. He has more than 15 years of technical experience in the software industry, including stints doing data infrastructure at Yahoo and Uber. Prior to that, he has worked on data-related projects at ThoughtWorks and Capillary Technologies.
Linkedin profile: www.linkedin.com/in/pramod-biligiri
52. Exploring the world of Business Development
What does business development involve? Does this vary between a startup and an established company? What are the skills required to be successful in business development?
We discuss this and much more with Hussein Khazaal. Hussein is a product and business leader with over 20 years of international product & partnership management, marketing and business development experience in startups and global organizations. He is currently the Category Lead for networking business development for AWS & AWS Marketplace.
Hussein's Linkedin Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/husseinkhazaal/
Mentioned in the episode:
List of BD [Business Development] roles within AWS Marketplace :
- Sr. BDM Networking, Automation and Orchestration
- Sr. Business Development Mgr, AWS Marketplace, Emerging Tech
- Principal Business Development Manager AWS Marketplace - Business Applications
Product Management Roles:
- Principal Product Manager Tech, AWS Machine Learning Marketplace
51. Enterprise Architect - Roles, Opportunities and Learnings
Technology strategy for an enterprise plays a crucial role in generating value for an organization. Architects are at the very core of this strategy. In an enterprise, you will find the different types of architects like Application architects, Solution architects, Software architects and enterprise architects who come together to define and drive this strategy. What do each of these types of architects do? What is the nature of the problems that they solve? What does it take to be an architect? We talk about this with Sandip Bhakta, Principal Enterprise Architect at GE Healthcare.
Sandip has 2 decades of experience in the industry. As an enterprise architect, she has designed complex and large scale digital solutions across various industries - Financial, Defence, Media and Healthcare. She is passionate about technology and its many possibilities
Sandip's Linkedin profile: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/sandip-bhakta-22a3232
50. Making Sustainability the default choice for all
Have you wondered what it takes to make an impact in the sustainability space? What are the challenges and what are the opportunities? What roles do the community and the customer play? We explore these questions with Ganesh Shankar.
Ganesh is a serial entrepreneur in the Sustainability/ ClimateTech space with a career vision towards making Sustainability the default choice for all. He is currently the Founder and CEO of FluxGen Technologies, with a goal of De-Risking Industries from the Water Crisis. He has also co-founded "The Sustainability Mafia" (SusMafia.org) a for-impact organization, with a mission to multiply the impact of sustainability leaders through goal-oriented collaboration . His genuine interest in solving problems for the greater good as well as his motivation to guide and mentor those entering the industry are very inspiring.
Ganesh's Linkedin Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ganesh-shankar/
Mentioned in the episode
Sustainability Mafia: https://www.susmafia.org/
FluxGen Technologies: https://fluxgen.com/
Industrial IoT course at IISc: https://fluxgentech.medium.com/product-prototyping-in-iot-course-at-iisc-88fc2d32c333
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: https://www.linkedin.com/in/hari-dilip-kumar-4b566621/
Mentioned in the episode:
Donella Meadows: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donella_Meadows
Limits of Growth: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Limits_to_Growth
Going down the rabbit hole: https://thesystemsthinker.com/systems-thinkers-must-go-down-the-rabbits-hole/
The paper from MIT: https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-1-4614-3188-6_2
Cal Newport's take on Passion: https://99u.adobe.com/videos/22339/cal-newport-follow-your-passion-is-bad-advice
The tools: Phil Stutsz, Barry Michels: https://www.amazon.in/Tools-Phil-Stutz/dp/0091947413
Human Centered Design: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human-centered_design
Carbon accounting: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carbon_accounting
Evidence based policy: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evidence-based_policy
Initiative for climate action: https://actionclimate.org/
Public Affairs Centre, Bangalore: https://pacindia.org/
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.
Linkedin Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dpandey/
Web 3.0 - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web3
MAYA - https://www.interaction-design.org/literature/article/design-for-the-future-but-balance-it-with-your-users-present#:~:text=He%20called%20this%20approach%20the,able%20to%20accept%20and%20embrace.
Simon Sinek - https://simonsinek.com/
Deepak Malhotra - https://www.hbs.edu/faculty/Pages/profile.aspx?facId=189290
Brene Brown - https://brenebrown.com/
Mike Robbins - https://mike-robbins.com/
Nicholas Taleb - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nassim_Nicholas_Taleb
Negotiating the Impossible - https://www.amazon.com/Negotiating-Impossible-Deadlocks-Resolve-Conflicts/dp/1520014635
Sapiens - https://www.ynharari.com/book/sapiens-2/
Only the Paranoid Survive - https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/72469/only-the-paranoid-survive-by-andrew-grove/
47. Remote work hacks
Ashwini is an engineer at DevRev. She has worked for 10 years in a traditional office environment and has spent over 5 years in a hybrid environment. I have always seen Ashwini explore new areas, ideas and, ways of working. She is always willing to share different aspects that have helped her through her experiences. When she is not coding and building products, she writes poetry.
Ashwini's Linkedin Profile: www.linkedin.com/in/ashwini-vasanth
Ashwini's blog: crusadeagainstinertia.blogspot.com/
Eisenhower matrix: jamesclear.com/eisenhower-box
Donut app: www.donut.com/
Apple Timeout reminders: apps.apple.com/us/app/time-out-break-reminders/id402592703?mt=12
46. Organizational culture - How values shape our career journey
Organizational culture refers to the values and behaviours that the company promotes. As individuals, we have values which are deeply ingrained in us that drive our decision making and actions. How do these personal values relate to that of an organization? Does organizational culture shape our thinking? What happens when there are differences between our personal values and organizational culture? We talk about these with Shiva Kannan.
Shiva is SVP, International & Commercial CIO at GE Healthcare. He is responsible for GE Healthcare's digital technology strategy and execution across 120 countries. He has over 2 decades of experience in the industry and has played diverse roles. As he shares his learnings, you will find yourself reflecting on your own journey and thinking of ways to try out some of the things that he speaks about.
Shiva Kannan: https://sg.linkedin.com/in/shivakannan
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
- Violex Ming: https://www.linkedin.com/in/violex/
- Harpinder Singh: https://www.linkedin.com/in/singhcoder/
- Tjaša Šinkovec: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tja%C5%A1a-%C5%A1inkovec-595a01202/
- Sunil Pandey: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sunil-kumar-pandey/
- Lorinc Body: https://www.linkedin.com/in/l%C5%91rinc-b%C3%B3dy-013a001b6/
- Nghia Nguyen: https://www.linkedin.com/in/n-h-nguyen/
- Madhukar Kumar: https://www.linkedin.com/in/madhukarkumar/
- Bhavana Thudi: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bthudi/
- Dominik Damjakob: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dominik-damjakob-5a709118b/
- Anindya Mishra: https://www.linkedin.com/in/anindya-misra-430a435/
- Nimar Arora: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nimar-arora/
- Srividya Tata: https://www.linkedin.com/in/srividya-tata-949538/
- Aditi Mishra: https://www.linkedin.com/in/asmishra/
Mentioned in the Episode
DevRey Day Events: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UxTUmH_0HTc
Devrev Stories: https://devrev.ai/people
44. Idea to Product: Choices made by the founders of Typesense Search
How do you assess the merit of an idea? How do you decide whether you want to work on building the idea into a product and when and whether you must quit your day job to follow your passion? How do you monetize your ideas?
Kishore Nallan and Jason Bosco, Founders of Typesense search, answer these questions and share many personal learnings from their journey of 15 years in startups and big companies.
Kishore and Jason have had very successful careers working at many well known startups. Jason was VP of Engineering at Dollar Shave Club and Verishop and Kishore was a Senior SRE at Zapier and cofounded Wreally. They worked on Typesense for 4 years along with their full time jobs, until the search engine gained traction before they quit their jobs to focus on TypeSense full time.
Kishore's Linkedin Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kishorenallan/
Jason's Linkedin Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jasonbosco/
Typesense Search: https://typesense.org/
Open Core Model: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open-core_model
B2C vs B2B: https://www.bluecart.com/blog/b2b-vs-b2c
Hacker News post announcing Typesense: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=22181437
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 Asymptotic.io. 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.
Arun's LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/arunsraghavan/
Episode webpage: https://www.throughthecorporateglass.com/post/43-a-career-in-systems-programming
Mentioned in this episode
1. Systems Programming - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Systems_programming
2. GStreamer - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GStreamer
3. PulseAudio - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PulseAudio
4. PipeWire - https://pipewire.org/
5. Collabora - https://www.collabora.com/
6. Asymptotic.io - https://asymptotic.io/
7. Electronic Design Automation - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electronic_design_automation
8. Bit banging - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bit_banging
9. I-square C - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I%C2%B2C
10. System on a Chip - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/System_on_a_chip
13. Abhinav Sarkar - https://abhinavsarkar.net/
15. libuv - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Libuv
16. NodeJS - https://nodejs.org/en/about/
17. Rust - https://www.rust-lang.org/
18. Lua - https://www.lua.org/about.html
19. Haskell - https://www.haskell.org/
20. NeoVim - https://neovim.io/
21. Arun's Twitter id - https://twitter.com/louiswu
22. Arun's email - email@example.com
42. Technical Leadership: A Principal Engineer's view
How does one get into positions of leadership and influence, while staying on a technical career path? What does a Principal Engineer bring to the table at a top tier technology company like Amazon? To share his perspective, we have with us Saurabh Shrivastava, Principal Engineer at Amazon.
Saurabh has two decades of experience in roles spanning software engineering and management. Most recently, he was a Director at Nuage Networks before joining Amazon. He has a unique point of view on leadership in both the technical and management ladders.
Saurabh's Linkedin Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gokodo/
Mentioned in this episode:
1. Decentralized Finance: https://defi-learning.org/
2. MIT Undergraduate Course in AI: https://ocw.mit.edu/courses/electrical-engineering-and-computer-science/6-034-artificial-intelligence-spring-2005/
3. Nuage Networks: https://www.nuagenetworks.net/
41. Moving from industry to academia
Working in the industry and working in academia - there are a lot of differences between the two. You may discover your desire for academic research and teaching at any point in your career, including after you begin your career in the industry. How do you make the switch and what should you know before you do?
We talk about this with Shruthi N, Asst. Professor in Department of Electronics & Communication engineering at BNMIT, Bangalore. Shruthi has worked in the industry for 3.5 years and has been with academia for 7 years. She cares about her students and is passionate about helping them find the best in themselves.
Shruthi's LinkedIn profile:
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.
Denny's LinkedIn profile - https://www.linkedin.com/in/denny-george-4097bb33/
Mentioned in the episode
1. Civic Tech - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civic_technology
2. Tattle - https://tattle.co.in/
3. MigraCam app - https://www.aclutx.org/en/migracam
4. App for Walmart workers - https://www.huffpost.com/entry/labor-organizers-apps-audiences_n_5b47a609e4b022fdcc577a47
5. Occupy Wall Street - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Occupy_Wall_Street
6. Quadrant 2 - https://quadrant2.us/
7. ACLU - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Civil_Liberties_Union
8. DAIICT, Gandhinagar - https://www.daiict.ac.in/
9. Design for the Real World, by Victor Papanek - https://www.amazon.in/Design-Real-World-Ecology-Social/dp/0897331532
10. IIM-A's CIIE - https://ciie.co/
11. Civic Hall of New York - https://civichall.org/
39. It is your career, build it like a product!
Most of us do not manage our careers actively. What if we had a model to guide us through the process? What if the model was derived as a result of decades of experience and observation in both industry and academia?
Dr Raj Yavatkar, CTO of Juniper Networks, introduces such a model for career building and talks through how it can be applied to our own careers. Raj is responsible for charting Juniper's technology strategy and for leading the company’s critical technology innovations. He has been awarded more than 45 patents, published over 60 research papers, authored five Internet standards, and co-authored a book on Internet QoS (Quality of Service). He is an IEEE Fellow and holds a PhD in Computer Science from Purdue University.
Raj's Linkedin Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rajyavatkar1982/
Mentioned in the episode
2. List of Raj’s technical publications: https://dblp.org/pid/58/6723.html
3. Raj’s contributions in IETF: https://www.arkko.com/tools/allstats/rajyavatkar.html
4. Four Steps to the Epiphany: https://www.amazon.com/Four-Steps-Epiphany-Steve-Blank/dp/0989200507
5. Andy Grove: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Grove
38. Archaeology - A journey into our past
History is not just a series of events. It is about societies, cultures and ideas that have shaped our present. Archaeologists play an important role in this journey of understanding our origins. They make sense of the past to help us build our future.
We talk to archaeologist Dr. Madhavi Kunneriath. Madhavi has an M.A in Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology from Deccan College, Pune., an M.Phil from the Dept of Ancient History and Archaeology at Madras University, and a Ph.D in Quaternary and Prehistory from Paris. She cares about helping people understand how knowing the past can impact the way we think today.
Mentioned in the episode:
1. Town planning in Harappan civilization - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harappan_architecture
2. Sanitation in Indus Valley Civilization - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sanitation_of_the_Indus_Valley_Civilisation
3. Scientific techniques in archaeology - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archaeological_science
37. Note Taking and Information Management
To be effective at work these days, you have to make sense of a large amount of information on a daily basis. What strategies and tools can you harness to organize information quickly as you come across it? Can this also help you choose which skills or concepts to learn?
We talk to Chirag Jain about these ideas. Chirag has worked as a Software Developer at Google, Uber, and Directi. He has a keen interest in note taking and personal information management, and shares some of the techniques that have worked for him.
Chirag's LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/chirgjn/
Mentioned in this episode
1. Notion: https://www.notion.so/
2. Chirag's Tech Talk Notes (in Notion): https://chiragj.notion.site/94e9c669e6a24d92ac0b7ebc7a711814?v=9ea352096a8046648d86a797c1a52406
3. Sublime Text: https://www.sublimetext.com/
4. Roam Research: https://roamresearch.com/
5. Obsidian: https://obsidian.md/
6. Zettelkasten: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zettelkasten
7. Tim Ferris: https://tim.blog/
8. Atomic Habits by James Clear: https://jamesclear.com/
9. GTD (Getting Things Done): https://gettingthingsdone.com/
10. Alan Kay: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Kay
11 Simon Willison's Today I Learned: https://simonwillison.net/2021/May/2/one-year-of-tils/
12. Chirag's Twitter id: @cjthedev
13. Chirag's email: firstname.lastname@example.org
14. Work At Tech: https://workat.tech/
36. UX Design: A balancing act
User experience design is fascinating in the way that it balances artistic skills, aesthetics, imagination and utility. Have you wondered what it takes to be a successful UX designer and how they strike this balance? How can you break into the field of design?
To enlighten us about the creative as well as the practical aspects of UX Design, we have with us, Brighton Vino Jegarajan, Staff Designer at Nutanix. Brighton has over a decade of experience in the industry, spanning both UX design and software development.
Brighton's LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/brightonvino/
Brighton's website: https://brightonvino.com/
Brighton’s workshop: https://www.meetup.com/southbayux/events/267899257/
Mentioned in this episode
- Visual Design: https://www.interaction-design.org/literature/topics/visual-design
- Interaction Design: https://www.interaction-design.org/literature/article/what-is-interaction-design
- Industrial Design: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Industrial_design
- 10,000 Hour Rule: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Outliers_(book)
35. A Primer on Compliance in Information Technology
Complying with regulations is critical to building trust with customers and employees. In this episode, we explore compliance in Information Technology through the eyes of Girish Ghatge, Sr. Director, Risk & Compliance at GE Healthcare.
Girish reflects on his exciting career journey spanning nearly 26 years. His candid observations help us understand what it takes to navigate the challenges that come with working in the compliance space.
Girish's LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/girishghatge/
Mentioned in this episode:
GxP guidelines: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GxP
Computerized System Validation: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computerized_system_validation
Information security management: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Information_security_management
34. The Ins and Outs of becoming an Engineering Manager
Going from being an engineer to a manager can be a big change in your career journey. How do you know you’re up for the challenge? How can you best prepare for the transition to management? Deepthi Kulkarni gives her candid take on these topics and more.
Deepthi is a Director of Technology at Afterpay, a payments platform that enables financial wellness for Gen Z and millennial shoppers. Before that she spent five years leading various teams at Redbubble, an online marketplace. She worked as an engineer at Flipkart during the company's high growth phase.
Deepthi's LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/deepthikulkarni/
Mentioned in this episode:
1. Afterpay - https://www.afterpay.com/
2. Redbubble - https://www.redbubble.com/
3. The First 90 Days, a book by Michael Watkins - https://www.amazon.in/First-90-Days-Watkins/dp/1422188612
4. Manager README - https://managerreadme.com/
5. SBI (Situation, Behaviour, Impact) - https://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/situation-behavior-impact-feedback.htm
6. RACI (Responsible, Accountable, Consulted, Informed) - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Responsibility_assignment_matrix
33. How can a professional masters program realign your career?
Can graduate school be an option for those wanting to make a mark in the industry? To explore the professional masters program as a possible answer, we talk to Eric VandeVoorde & Karen Hull from Purdue University. Eric is the Director of Professional Engineering Master's Programs and Karen Hull is the Engineering Management Graduate Program Manager at Purdue.
We discuss the questions which arise while choosing a graduate program, the challenges that students face and stories of how students have shaped their careers through this program. Eric and Karen have a front row seat to the decision making process and provide great insights based on their interactions with a diverse group of students over the years.
Eric's Linkedin Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ericvandevoorde/
Karen's Linkedin Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/karenhull93/
Master of Engineering Management, Purdue University: https://engineering.purdue.edu/EngineeringManagement
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: https://www.linkedin.com/in/deepa-vijayakumar-398b4825/
31. Hiring Software Developers - Going beyond the resume
Are you approaching hiring correctly? Is a focus on resumes over practical skills costing you in this hot market for talent? And why is it so hard for us to let go of our existing approaches to hiring?
We discuss all this - and more - with Krishnan Nair, CEO and Co-founder of GeekTrust. a job platform designed for software developers. Over the last six years, GeekTrust has placed more than 500 developers. Prior to starting GeekTrust, Krishnan worked as a Delivery Manager at ThoughtWorks for almost a decade.
Krishnan's LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nairkrishnan/
Mentioned in this episode:
1. GeekTrust - https://www.geektrust.in/
2. Funding received by Indian startups in H1 2021 - https://yourstory.com/2021/07/yourstory-h1-2021-funding-report-indian-startups/amp
3. Gartner Report on IT Services growth - https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/markets/expert-view/2021-a-golden-year-for-it-services-companies-gartner/articleshow/83635069.cms
4. An article about attrition - https://analyticsindiamag.com/attrition-rate-in-indian-it-industry-is-at-an-all-time-high-why/
5. GeekTrust coding problem - https://www.geektrust.in/coding-problem/backend/mymoney
30. Breaking into Employer Branding
Have you ever wondered if there are roles at the intersection of business functions? Can you bring a unique value proposition, carve a niche for yourself and in the process define an entirely new role?
To talk about how she achieved all this in the context of her role in employer branding, we have with us Melissa Sheehan. Melissa is currently a Principal Program Manager for Employer Branding at Nutanix and has over 10 years of experience in the field of marketing.
Melissa's Linkedin Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/melissasheehan/
Mentioned in the episode
1. Great to Place to Work Survey: https://www.nutanix.com/blog/nutanix-earns-designation-as-a-great-place-to-work-certified-company
2. Glassdoor: https://www.glassdoor.com/Reviews/index.htm
3. Sample Employee Profile Showcased: https://www.linkedin.com/posts/nutanix_nutanix-lifeatnutanix-activity-6823678208152604672-tqh-
29. Demystifying HR
Human Resource Management (HR) is an integral part of an organization. In this episode, we trace its history, talk about focus areas like Performance Management and how one can pursue a career in HR.
We talk to Sudipta Das. Associate Director-Performance Management, Flipkart. Sudipta has worked across multiple industries - Manufacturing, IT and Product. He is passionate about helping people as they reflect on their career and growth.
Episode webpage: https://www.throughthecorporateglass.com/post/29-demystifying-hr
Mentioned in the episode
- Industrial Relations: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Industrial_relations
- Sudipta's Linkedin Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sudiptadashr/
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 First.io. He conducts a workshop on PostgreSQL and runs the Ruby on Rails and PapersWeLove meetup groups in Bangalore.
Episode webpage: https://www.throughthecorporateglass.com/post/28-the-transformative-power-of-deep-work
Mentioned in this episode:
1. CoLearn - https://colearn.id/
2. Deep Work by Cal Newport - https://www.calnewport.com/books/deep-work/
3. Tiny Habits - https://tinyhabits.com/
4. Atomic Habits - https://jamesclear.com/atomic-habits
5. Getting Things Done - https://gettingthingsdone.com
6. Loom: Video messaging for Work - https://www.loom.com/
7. Tuple: Pair programming app - https://tuple.app/
8. Rescue Time - https://www.rescuetime.com/
9. Papers We Love Blr - https://twitter.com/papersweloveblr
10. Bangalore Ruby Users Group - https://www.meetup.com/Bangalore-Ruby-Users-Group/
11. Swanand's LinkedIn profile - https://www.linkedin.com/in/pagnis/
12. Swanand's website - https://info.pagnis.in/
13. Swanand's Twitter - https://twitter.com/_swanand
14. Swanand's PostgreSQL Workshop - https://postgres-workshop.com/
15. Swanand's SQL Workshop - https://queries.fun/
27. Entrepreneur: To be or not to be?
Becoming an entrepreneur is a difficult choice, one that opens the door to many opportunities as well as risks. Have you wondered about the thought process that drives one to be a founder and the trade offs involved? To share his exciting journey, we have with us Rajan Bala, a senior manager at Amazon in Tornoto and the founder of Aravanai, a non profit organization helping entrepreneurs in underprivileged communities. Previously, he was the Co-founder of Hiku labs, a Silicon Valley startup which made shopping frictionless.
Podcast Show Notes
Rajan Bala: https://unitelsoft.wordpress.com/about/
Rajan’s Story on Yarl Stories: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8-mEWLFbN
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.
Mentioned in this episode:
1. Nisha Raghavan - https://www.linkedin.com/in/nisha-raghavan/
2. Master Data Management - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Master_data_management
3. OLTP vs OLAP - https://www.datawarehouse4u.info/OLTP-vs-OLAP.html
4. Data Lake vs Data Warehouse - https://www.talend.com/resources/data-lake-vs-data-warehouse/
25. Employer Branding: Do's and Don'ts
How your company is perceived as an employer matters a great deal in today's competitive hiring landscape. We talk to Nisha J K to learn how employer brands are shaped, common misconceptions around it and how you can improve your company's branding.
Nisha is a Co-Founder and Director at GreenPepper Consulting, who have been helping companies scale their tech teams. Over the last decade, GreenPapper has worked with more than 400 companies and onboarded 2000+ candidates.
Mentioned in this episode:
- GreenPepper Consulting: https://greenpepper.in/
- Careers page of Full Contact: https://www.fullcontact.com/careers/
- ThoughtWorks LinkedIn page: https://www.linkedin.com/company/thoughtworks
- Swiggy Bytes blog post: https://bytes.swiggy.com/from-an-event-to-an-internship-my-journey-with-the-swiggy-tech-team-29a82d896c0d
- Nithin Kamath of Zerodha: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nithin-kamath-81136242
- Kunal Shah: https://twitter.com/kunalb11
24. The DNA of a Technical Marketing Engineer
We discuss the role of a Technical Marketing Engineer. Do you need to be an engineer or someone with a marketing background or both? How and why would one choose this career path? To share his journey and answer these questions for us, we have with us Jason Burns, Principal Technical Marketing Engineer.
Jason has designed and supported network infrastructure in the enterprise for the past 16 years, connecting hundreds of thousands of end-users. His career has taken a winding journey from customer support, to consulting, architecting, and finally to technical marketing.
Jaon's blog: https://bbbburns.com/blog/
Videos put together by Jason