Pranay Pareek from our Bangalore office is the subject of this month's Employee Spotlight series. Pranay celebrates his one-year anniversary at Shippable this month and is a self-confessed geek. He is fascinated with Easter-egg references and the idea of interstellar travel, as evident in the phrase, 'flying whales and hypercubes' found on one of his online profiles. Besides his parents, the key influencers in Pranay's life are Chuck Schuldiner (Late Frontman - Death), Diane Greene (Founder - VMware), and Edward Snowden. Read on below to find out more about Pranay. You can also reach out to him via his webpage.
1. Tell us about yourself and your role at Shippable.
I graduated last year from Manipal Institute of Technology with a degree in Computer Science and joined Shippable last September. Prior to that I was an intern at VMware for 6 months which played an important role in my inclination and interest towards cloud computing, subsequently leading to me finding out about Linux Containers and Docker. As a software engineer at Shippable, I contribute to the development of our product and get to work with almost all aspects of the system, from the HTML on the Front-End to our scripts in the Back-End!
2. What been the most exciting moment for you in your first year at Shippable?
The build up to our v3 release was really intense! Sure, there were a lot of ups and downs but they were part of the whole experience. Besides that I'd say things are getting really exciting now in Bangalore with our new office almost ready. We plan to really make our presence felt in town and hire as many great developers as possible to take our engineering team to a different level. It should be exciting to work with so many new people!
3. What are some ways you keep up with the latest trends and technologies in the field?
I am very enthusiastic about the latest happenings in the tech-world! HackerNews is one tab that is always open in my browser and I love to browse through Quora where I have a long list of questions I hope to answer in the near future. I am not that prolific on Twitter and mostly lurk around, re-tweeting stuff I find really interesting. I'd also like to mention Digit, the seasoned Indian tech magazine I was a huge fan of in school.
4. What keeps you busy outside of work?
I love listening to music, primarily Progressive Metal. I'm eagerly looking forward to new albums from three of my favorite bands later this year - Textures, Tesseract and Deftones! I've of late also started to try and diversify my taste by looking around and discovering a lot of post-rock and electronic artists. This year I picked up reading books again after a really long hiatus, and for the first time ever, a lot of non-fiction stuff too! My wish-list has been growing steadily since then with a lot of non-fiction and cyberpunk titles. Commuting in the Bangalore traffic keeps me quite busy as well outside of work!
5. What are some technological advancements you are looking forward to seeing develop in the next few years?
I'm really excited with the recent advancements in the fields of Deep-Learning, Neural Networks and VR and think that they will have a phenomenal impact on our life-styles in the coming years. Another thing I eagerly wait for (although it might take an indefinite number of years) is advancement on the front of clean fusion energy.