Employee Spotlight: Selvaram, Software Engineer - Indix



Employee Spotlight: Selvaram, Software Engineer

Meet Selvaram, a Software Engineer at Indix. When you want to collect and structure the world’s product information, you need a team of passionate and committed developers. Selvaram calls himself a bug hunter and thrives on the challenges thrown at him every day. 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 am working on a project called Finder which is the Indix in-house distributed, replicated storage. We are currently developing a feature to support HBase-like prefix scans on Finder. Building our own distributed storage is a challenging task and the feeling that I am the “chosen one” to conquer those challenges one by one really excites me.

What is the most rewarding part of being on your team?
I enjoy the opportunity to work with awesome people on interesting challenges. Working on a variety of cutting-edge technologies without compromising code quality is something that makes it worth my while to work on the data ingestion team.

What drives you to come to work in the morning?
“What is the challenge that I am going to deal with today?” – that’s the question that motivates me to come to work every morning. The many problems that I get to solve on a regular basis keeps me excited and I love cracking them.

What’s the most exciting and challenging part of working for a startup?
Taking up multiple roles like development, QA, or ops makes it exciting to work for a startup. The Eureka moment when we identify the reason for failure after hours of debugging is undoubtedly the best and challenging part of my day.

What inspires you about the vision and mission of Indix?
Building the world’s largest product information Cloud Catalog is such an exhilarating mission to work on.

What does a typical work day look like for you?
Daily activities range from coding, debugging, ops, participating in discussions related to system architecture, to working with the team to decide estimates for new features. We have power-packed team huddles and I thoroughly cherish the intense discussions and friendly disagreements. I also play a quick game of ping pong or carrom during breaks. I also love gaming and play games with my fellow gamers after work.

How do you balance your work and personal life? What do you do for fun?
I attend classical dance concerts twice in a week and enjoy it as a spectator. Rest of the days, I play either Dota or Pokemon Go.

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