Meet Aayush Kumar, a Software Engineer at Indix. When you want to collect and structure the world’s product data, you need a team of enthusiastic and committed developers. Aayush is fresh out of college and loves building products that make a difference. He wants to be a tech-preneur some day. We love having him on the team, and sat down to learn more about him and his work.
What project are you working on currently? What excites you the most about it?
I am currently working on revamping our Mesos-Marathon infrastructure. The fact that currently 80+ internal as well as customer facing apps are deployed on it, the effort involved in making it more stable and fault tolerant in itself is a strong motivating factor. It would make the life of our engineers easy in the sense that they won’t have to wake up at 3 a.m. to fix something which is not the fault of the code they have written.
What is the most rewarding part of being on your team?
As a developer, it’s challenging to be woken up in the middle of the night to put out a fire that wasn’t started by your code. It’s not documented, doesn’t have tests, but you’re losing money and upsetting stakeholders. Then suddenly, a dark knight enters, who helps you fix everything and make things stable. An attempt at being that dark knight is DevOps for me. What else can be a greater reward than being a part of such a team?
What drives you to come to work in the morning?
Wish I could have avoided this question, since my morning starts at 11 a.m.! 😀 However, I enjoy the instant gratification I get if I automate something which is manual, fix a critical production issue, get things done as soon as possible, and still care about state of engineering practices. That is excitement for me.
What’s the most exciting and challenging part of working for a startup?
Being fresh out of undergrad school and starting my first job at a startup. You do it when you want speed, growth, and performance at the same time. You are surrounded by people who are more smarter than you, iterating tons of times (sometimes from scratch), so to fail fast and succeed safely and with stability. You get this dynamism only at a startup. It’s very exciting.
You look at yourself in the mirror with those exhausted red eyes after an all night coding/fixing exercise and still think about what you could have done better or faster. At the same time, while styling your hair in the morning, your mind is already working on some world class software engineering problem. Well that’s the challenge of being in a startup. At Indix for sure 😉
What inspires you about the vision and mission of Indix?
The problem space itself. I’m in awe of the amount of data Indix deals with, and the incredible solutions that were built with dexterity. Yet, the company strives to become better than what it is now, opening doors for creative and innovative solutions to unsolved problems, and that inspires me.
What does a typical work day look like for you?
Get up in the morning with Kygo’s Firestone playing on my music system. Post reaching office, I attend stand-up meetings and discussions around solving the unsolved problems (rushing in between to fix ops issues), talk to multiple folks about the project they are working on and learn from them, and in between find some time to focus on my deliverables as well. Indix is a fast-growing company, so you cannot afford monotony in a day.
If you feel you are short of work, ask for it and if you think you are burning out, people are ready to help you always. The ideal way to end the day is to see something you built or designed being used by your immediate customers, who can be both i.e. people who use our company’s product and our company-wide engineers, product managers, customer success teams etc.
How do you balance your work and personal life? What do you do for fun?
I still am far away from something called “balance” when it comes to a huddle between work and life. I try to steal moments from the day which supplements me with instant joys. Riding my bike at a high speed (safely though!) and feeling the wind on my face, pushing myself to do five extra repetitions of 12.5 kg rods in the final set, plugging in my earphones and taking a walk at late hours of the night, and while introspecting about past love and relationships are things I do. Apart from that, I am party animal. I try not to miss any social gathering and be an entertainer there once I get significantly “high” on life.