What’s your background and how did you get into management?
I did my Ph.D. in Computer Networking and joined Bell Labs. After a few years, I realized that I have a lot of passion for building products. This took me to Bay Area. Becoming a manager was quite organic. I proposed a project and was soon leading a team of engineers as a Tech Lead. I did this for a couple of years till the line between being a Tech Lead and Manager blurred!
When I started my own company, I had the responsibility for building the first product which organically translated into VP of engineering. I enjoyed the job ever since and I often switch between CTO and VP Engineering role on as needed basis!!
What are the biggest challenges you face?
One of the biggest challenges I face is hiring. It requires sustained effort to source and bring on the right talent to help drive our research and product development forward. Once we’ve onboarded any new candidate, it is important to get on the same page about team and company-wide goals. Right out of the gate, we need to be aligned so that we’re all marching toward the same objectives across teams.
At Kindred, we’re driven by results. We want our team members to aim for personal and professional progress and feel that individual excellence deserves to be recognized. We celebrate both individual and team wins, but also know how important it is for our people to maintain healthy work-life balance. As a manager, it’s important to me that my team is happy and fulfilled and I believe this balance, in turn, cultivates a strong collective work ethic.
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