Meet Balaji, 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. Balaji is a mechanical engineer turned software developer bundle of energy. He enjoys coding and learning new technologies. 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’m currently working on a high impact project that involves comparing parser output across different versions. This is of very high strategic significance as the project helps us understand the data quality and the robustness of the parser.
What is the most rewarding part of being on your team?
I get to work with a whole bunch of high-energy people and everyone on the team is literally an idea factory. The sheer innovative thought process and healthy knowledge sharing across the team members makes the atmosphere very positive and conducive to learning. Being a part of this high-energy team makes me constantly keep on top of things and stay abreast with the latest developments in the world of technology.
What drives you to come to work in the morning?
My morning routine involves planning for the day and when I think about it, I get excited about the innumerable opportunities to solve some of the toughest problems in my core work. Also, identifying a highly optimized solution and scaling it up, is an added brownie point. Thinking of the bigger picture of what Indix wants to achieve and thinking of my contribution to the whole pie makes its very thrilling, and I brim with energy to take the problems head on.
What’s the most exciting and challenging part of working for a startup?
“You are the work you do” and I go by this quote. Working for a startup gave me a unique learning opportunity and has helped me learn some key lessons like absolute sense of ownership, and adaptability to work in chaos yet deliver results. At work, I am encouraged to take calculated risks and have strong support to wade through any crisis that I may come across. I have learnt the art of looking at the bigger picture and keeping the business priorities first.
What inspires you about the vision and mission of Indix?
The ambitious mission of building the world’s largest collection of structured product information and the journey the team has embarked upon in making this a reality is something that inspires me every minute.
What does a typical work day look like for you?
My day begins with a stand-up where we review what we did the day before and make plans for that day. The stand-ups are power packed with tailored discussions on the core work and the ways to go about solving the toughest challenges. Apart from stand-ups, we have a quick team huddle for design and code reviews. I love the part of working with other cross-functional teams who are some of my stakeholders as they always have something new to offer and help me look at problems in a multi-dimensional way. Amidst the hectic and lovely time at work, I do catch up on some time to unwind by playing a game of ping pong or carrom and needless to say some friendly banter with friends during coffee and lunch break.
How do you balance your work and personal life? What do you do for fun?
I am a big movie buff and I watch all the movies that release in a given month. Needless to say, I also own a huge collection of movies and watch them during my free time. I can spend countless hours watching movies or reading a novel during my coffee breaks.