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Employee Spotlight – Janani Sriram, Software Engineer

Meet Janani Sriram – She is very well-read, articulate, loves dogs, and is a brilliant software engineer. Driven and passionate about solving hard data science problems, she brings a wealth of knowledge and perspective to her job. We sat down with Janani to learn more about her.

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What is your role at Indix?

I’m a software engineer with the Data Science team. I’ve largely been working on the algorithms for matching products across stores. The team works on the research and development of predictive models and machine learning algorithms to get more juice out of our data.

What did you do before Indix?

I was previously at Groupon and Microsoft. Before joining the workforce, I was working on my Master’s in Computer Science at Dartmouth. My research background is largely in machine learning and probabilistic graphical models.

Why did you join Indix?

I was looking for a more challenging and autonomous role. Indix’s ambitious vision and culture of ownership and transparency resonated with me. I was also duly impressed by the team of highly motivated and smart engineers. It’s been a humbling learning experience to grasp what they have been able to achieve in such a short time in a very challenging domain.

What have you learned working for a startup? 

That when you believe in the larger vision, you will find a way to align your skills and interests to do your best work. You learn to collaborate effectively, try different things, hustle and fail forward.

What technologies or trends get you most excited?

I think connected devices and wearables are headed for prime-time and can harness large scale data to transform our lives in many ways. I’m looking forward to these trends opening up and revolutionizing healthcare and personal wellness in a big way. I’m also waiting for all the cool gizmos from the Jetsons.

What do you do for fun?

I spend my free time largely on books, music, fitness, friends and family.

What is your favorite technology product?

Google – for changing our lives and the Kindle for its steadfast utility.

How would your friends describe you?

Curious, passionate and adventurous.

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