Meet Adithya B, a Software Engineer at Indix. When you want to collect and structure the world’s product information, you need a team of enthusiastic and committed developers. Adithya is the only “rocket scientist” on the team with a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering. His singular passion for programming made him a software engineer. 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 recently worked on the Freshness API endpoint, which fetches prices and attributes for a set of products in real-time for our customers. Currently, I’m working on image to text recognition machine learning pipeline, and figuring out how to deploy that at scale for specific scenarios.
What is the most rewarding part of being on your team?
My team has a good mix of super talented software engineers and fun friends which makes my hours in the office enjoyable even on hectic days. As much as we pick our brains together solving some of the toughest problems, we also ensure that there is enough fun to keep us going. The healthy discussions and disagreements, impromptu huddles, marathon coding, and great camaraderie with team mates make the journey enjoyable.
What drives you to come to work in the morning?
At Indix, there are so many interesting data problems that need creative solutions. Especially in the data ingestion space, the many use cases and data needs of diverse customers throw open many interesting problem spaces. I like problem solving naturally and this motivates me every day. Every challenge that I get to tackle is very unique.
What’s the most exciting and challenging part of working for a startup?
We get to work on end-to-end use cases, starting with the planning, then prioritizing till the QA and taking a feature to production. The tech stack is also not fixed or given to us by management, but left to our judgment if we can build out a proof of concept. This is the kind of flexibility you don’t get to see in giant companies. The best part of working for a startup is that you are encouraged to take calculated risks and learn from both success and failure.
What inspires you about the vision and mission of Indix?
The scale of data that we are operating with and the scale we want to go to are the two things that excite me the most about the future of the company.
What does a typical work day look like for you?
A typical day starts with a standup meeting to catch up on tasks done the day before and the plan for the day. Then we dive into work with quick breaks for a game of ping pong or carrom in between. Some eventful days could have us debugging/fixing production issues as priority. There are high adrenaline moments when a build fails and you have to get to the root of the problem to fix at the earliest.
How do you balance your work and personal life? What do you do for fun?
Indix offers employees good work-life balance with frequent team outings and other fun activities. In my free time, I usually watch TV or go on a random YouTube viewing spree. The team is filled with high energy and they have a positive influence on you and it feels great to be at work. Being at work is also pleasurable and fun for me.