Employee Spotlight – Anirudh Venkatraman, Product Manager

Meet Anirudh Venkatraman, one of our product managers. He is dedicated to building delightful and robust products that exceed customer expectations. We sat down with Anirudh to learn more about him.

What is your role at Indix?

Anirudh Venkatraman

Anirudh Venkatraman

My role is to ensure that the product we develop meets the customer’s needs. The range of tasks varies from gathering customer feedback, requirements, and also planning, testing, and defining new products. I personally am very interested in data analytics and spend a lot of time analyzing the data we have, thinking about what stories can be told with it, and how we use it to derive value for the customer.

What did you do before Indix?

Indix is my first job. Before joining Indix, I completed my Post Graduate Diploma in Management at IFMR. I specialized in finance and I have a lot of interest in economics, pricing, etc.

Why did you join Indix? 

My interest in economics, product pricing, and also the challenges and learning I would get in a startup motivated me to join Indix.

What have you learned working for a startup? 

I personally do not have any experience in an established company. However, here are some of my views after working in a startup:

  1. Risk vs. Reward: If you want rewards, you must remember that you have to be ready to take risks. You have to take risks in a startup. There is always a balanced path which will ensure you gain more if you constantly keep narrowing down the problem.
  2. Hard work: There is no alternate route to success. One has to give more than 100% to ensure success for the risks you are taking. People working in a startup have new limits defined in their day-to-day life.
  3. Focus: Ensure that you understand the users who are using the tool and ensure that you build and shape the product to meet their needs.
  4. Big picture: One shouldn’t get trapped in day-to-day activities and forget the big picture. Remember your vision and the TAM (Total Addressable Market) you are trying to address. Build features and products for the future.
  5. Selling: This is critical to everyone in this world. You and you alone can control the destiny of whatever you are doing. It may be the most valuable feature but if you don’t sell it properly both internally and externally, it will not be respected.
  6. In the end, it is all about economics: Right from the features we have built and the decisions we make every day, it is all economics.

What technologies or trends get you most excited?

Anything that improves our standard of living.

What do you do for fun?

Watch Manchester United matches, roam around with family and friends. I read articles related to economics and try to apply them in real life. Apart from that, I love to drive. Even in the bumper-to-bumper traffic of Chennai city, listening to AR Rahman’s music and singing along as I drive is the best part of my day. Off late, I have been interested in reading Indian epics and gaining a deeper understanding of my culture.

How would your friends describe you?

A guy who is calm, caring and friendly. Someone who is passionate about mathematics, statistics, econometrics, macro-economics, analytics and solving problems. He loves to go running and play basketball.

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