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Employee Spotlight: Varun Jain, Software Engineer

Meet Varun Jain. He loves the adrenaline rush that comes with working at a startup. He lives by the motto of getting 1% better every day. We sat down with Varun to learn more about him.

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What is your role at Indix?
I work as a software artist at Indix. Core areas where I contribute are data analytics and data processing systems. Recently, I have also been dabbling in DevOps automation.

What did you do before Indix?
Prior to Indix, I was at an early stage consumer startup called Snapstick where we built a platform which allowed consumers to use their smartphones to play games or watch videos on their smart TVs and PCs. The product was similar to Chromecast + Wii in terms of capabilities. I worked across the stack over there – frontend, backend and mobile.

Why did you join Indix?
I joined Indix for the following reasons:
– The problem space was both interesting and hard with no clear leader in the space. This implied that there was a lot of value in solving the problem.
– Coming from an early stage consumer startup, I wanted to learn about the B2B space. Also the founding team looked very promising.
– Indix had some really interesting problems from a product perspective which needed solid engineering skills, which meant exponential learning and growth.

What have you learned working for a startup?
I have learned the following nuggets while working for a startup:
– Keep things extremely simple.
– Building a strong and transparent culture is hard.
– Getting strong opinionated people with a mentality of ownership is extremely tough but equally rewarding.
– Be decisive. Take decisions based on current data. Don’t be emotionally attached to your decisions. Change them when new data emerges and changes the prior underlying assumptions, quickly.

What current technologies or trends get you most excited?
I am really excited about the sharing economy becoming mainstream as both an economic as well as a social force. Companies like Uber, AirBnB and Postmates are disrupting our fundamental notions of transport, home and labor. I believe that after a decade or maybe two, buying a house or a car would be a thing of past. The liberating effect of it on society as we know of it today shall be interesting to witness.

What do you do for fun?
I am an avid reader. I also enjoy theater and standup comedy. In my spare time, I sketch, pen poems, design and travel.

What is your favorite technology product?
Uber. It has made my life a lot simpler and made me happier in general. The beauty behind its technology is that no one realizes it even exists.

How would your friends describe you?
Creative, tenacious, passionate and curious with a bout of sarcasm and tinge of narcissism.

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