How did you get to where you are today in the developer world?
Started off in year 2000, wrote protocol stacks, developed billing systems, worked across multiple geographies including India, Taiwan, France for varied projects, landed up in my hometown doing Salesforce & mobile development, found Topcoder as a place to enrich and explore my technical skills!
What is your best strategy for tackling a project or challenge?
Stay on top of things – projects fail because people let them fail! Always keep track of timelines, budget and deliverables – try to foresee, mitigate & eliminate risks! Once you do that, rest everything else is easy 🙂
How do you keep up with current trends and advances in this field?
I'm a compulsive reader who's passionate about new technologies. I can't go to bed until I read for about a couple of hours every day. Reading up on new technologies and trying out different things keeps me up to date! I love my collection of gadgets and devices and I end up spending a lot of my earnings on buying new stuff every month 🙂
What are you most looking forward to for the TCO Finals?
I believe the development and F2F finals are always a close battle at TCO finals. I've actually been involved as a reviewer for both of these finals for a few years. I don't know yet if I'll be reviewing these this year but regardless, I look forward to the fierce competition!
Tell us what achievement you are the most proud of.
I've been fortunate to have some illustrious accomplishments in my career of nearly 20 years. However, being recognised as a MVP (Most Valuable Professional) in two of the communities where I'm deeply involved – Salesforce & Topcoder would rank as the highlight of my professional career!
And trust me, I'm not done yet!
If you wrote your own developer profile, what would it say?
Life-long Developer. Period!
Offline, what is your favorite thing to do?
I love spending time with family. My life revolves around my mother, my wife, my 11-year old daughter and my 5-year old son! Whether it's playing with my kids or just chatting with my wife and my mother, I'm seriously a 'Home is where the heart is' person. Unfortunately, I have to travel a lot for work but I try and make up for it whenever I'm at home!
We asked the Finalists to use emojis in response to the following questions.
How do you feel about the TCO18 Finals?
How do you feel when you win a Topcoder challenge?
What is your spirit animal?
What's the weather like at your house right now?
What are your hobbies?