Meet Ashwanth Kumar, a hacker philosopher who loves to code. Born and brought up in Chennai, he dreams of someday uncovering technology references in the Vedas for practical applications. We sat down with Ashwanth to learn more about him.
What is your role at Indix?
I’m a software engineer. I have been a part of the team building our distributed crawling system and our data platform from the ground up. Currently, I’m working on other ways to get data apart from crawling.
What did you do before Indix?
I was in college – bunking classes, writing code in labs and chasing girls!
Why did you join Indix?
Thinking back, it was for the people that I joined Indix. Given the chance to make the same choice today, it would be for the very same reason. William Raduchel once said – “Don’t pick a job. Pick a boss. Your first boss is the biggest factor in your career success.” Along the same lines, I wanted a mentor. I found him (Rajesh Muppalla– one of our co-founders) and chased him down here. Over the course of my three years at Indix, the amount of opportunities to make mistakes and learn from them have been immense.
What have you learned working for a startup?
Everything I know today. For the sake of enumeration – simplicity, honesty, flexibility, ownership, computer fundamentals and some math are among the many things I have learned here.
What technologies or trends get you most excited?
Concurrent and distributed Systems.
What do you do for fun?
I play Sudoku, watch movies, read ancient Hindu mythology and contribute to some OSS project(s).
What is your favorite technology product?
Akka (akka.io). I have been working with Akka for almost two years now – the abstractions and compositions these guys provide to build Actor-based distributed/concurrent systems are simply the best.
How would your friends describe you?
Geek, nerd and hard-working.