Humans of DevRev

Every DevReveler has a unique story of why they are here.

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Dheeraj Pandey

Co-founder

Starting over, one more time, with yet another trilogy!

I’ve always believed in the power of three. I almost deify it. It helps me remember and enunciate better, as if my brain yearns for a set of anything three. It pushes me everyday towards minimalism, as a constant reminder of the “less is more” aphorism.

I am in awe of the why.how.what triad that I picked up from Simon Sinek. The sentence that struck me the most from the book “The Gene” is the one in which the author talks about how the discovery of the atom, the byte, and the gene trisected the 20th century: the building blocks of all knowledge I seek as I age. I love the trilogy of the head, the heart, and the gut in life’s decisions.

I’ve also had serendipities with trinity. My first job out of college was for an Austin-based company named Trilogy! My wife and I are blessed with 3 children, even though we had planned for two (the younger ones are twins)! And with important forks in the road, I have truly leveraged my gut — over my head and heart — to maximize serendipity and minimize (analysis) paralysis.

Ever since age 16, gut has been a great friend in helping me with my high-risk ventures. Quitting college in freshman year to pursue computer science the following year required courage and equanimity. Deciding to marry my future wife at 22 — even before I had met her in person — required instinct (and heart). Rejecting Microsoft job offers twice in favor of a startup, which eventually failed after the Internet bubble burst, needed gumption.

My cousins gave me the nickname “Atal” when I was 4, which means resolute in Hindi. I had the conviction to quit my job and start Nutanix in 2009, in the aftermath of the global financial crisis, even though all we had in savings was $100K in 401k. I immensely respect my wife of 21 years for being a rock and a fellow “entrepreneur” in life. I admire my mom for trusting my judgment and my bias for long-term greed. Their support was unflinching as I summoned the courage to take a public Nutanix through more than 3 years of a business model transition, which instinctively was the only way for the company to survive and thrive in the era of cloud and subscription.

Creating DevRev was one such ambitious move that required their trust and that of Manoj, a college friend and confidante I’ve immensely respected and confided in for almost 3 decades. At four in the morning, when my train stopped at the Kanpur railway station in 1997, he was the first one to come and hug me for my “Best All Rounder Student” award that IIT Kanpur had bestowed on me. I vividly remember that childlike joy with which he congratulated me, that innocence that knew no envy nor wistfulness. He is WYSIWYG personified — guileless, resolute, consistent.

Together, we are starting over on a DevRev journey that is yet another bet on a trifecta — of data, design, and machine intelligence — to help developers grow into architects, merchants, and entrepreneurs.

I fell in love with Chris Stapleton’s song, “ Starting Over,” during the pandemic. Like a true minimalist, he’s kept such a beautiful song to 3 minutes and no more!

More power to 3!

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Manoj Agarwal

Co-founder

Of childlike curiosity and fearlessness

A small village boy — raised in the tribal hinterlands of India without access to electricity, clean water, good school or healthcare — was willing to challenge the status quo and dream for a better future. Walking three miles each way to school was normal to him, until he was 12, when he joined his dad to start a family business to make ends meet. Long hours at work as his father’s protégé meant he could only pursue self-study and that too in the evenings.

Customer is god,” “truthfulness and honesty in all circumstances,” and “no shortcuts to success” were some of the life lessons he imbibed from his dad. While running the business, he learned the value of humility, empathy, and resolving conflicts between different parties.

The boy eventually got lucky. His hard work and self-learning brought him to the premier engineering college of India, IIT Kanpur, where he also met Dheeraj. He received scholarship money, some of which he used to buy his first bicycle! Here, he made lifelong friends and also found his life partner. The boy learned to speak English more fluently and got his first corporate job. He was ecstatic to take his first flight in life.

Success and happiness notwithstanding, he never forgot his roots — hard work, humility, empathy, and passion for learning — virtues that continued to define, shape, and grow him in life as an adolescent and an adult.

Over the next twenty years of his career — majority of that time building products — the engineering professional in him saw how difficult it was for developers to get a clear view of what really mattered to customers, things that become the proxy for revenue and customer delight for any tech company. The bureaucracy and apathy between makers and consumers brought nothing but agony and disappointment to all involved.

This is my story, that hopeful village boy still brimming with childlike curiosity and fearlessness. The child in me is pursuing a simple yet profound purpose: to build products that establish authentic human connections and bring meaning to work.

In late 2020, I joined hands with Dheeraj — long time friend, mentor, and colleague — to start DevRev, a business software company dedicated to the growth of developers. We are passionate about using the trifecta of design, data engineering, and machine intelligence to establish real connections between core stakeholders — makers and consumers — redefining software development (and consumption) in this new era of product-led businesses!

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Aditi Mishra

Product

Grit is having stamina.

Grit is sticking with your future—day in, day out, not just for a week, not just for a month, but for years—and working really hard to make that future a reality." -Angela Lee Duckworth

Growing up, I had a strong penchant for reading and writing, and an equally strong aversion to math. If left to my own devices, I would’ve opted for a qualitative major in college, but I was instructed to choose something, anything, quantitative. I wound up graduating with a BS in Economics and a minor in Math. I later went on to pursue a career in tech by way of code school; this time of my own volition.

My college advisors applauded me for being able to steadily progress from elementary level math courses to the upper level ones. Meanwhile, the folks at the math tutoring center would joke that I needed my own mailbox in their office since that’s where I spent all my time (we became great friends, and they supported me even when I was taking advanced classes that weren’t in the scope of the tutoring center). Suffice to say, this was not an easy, breezy, linear journey for me. I struggled often. I failed occasionally. But ultimately, I grew.

This gritty, “pick yourself up and try again” mentality has served me well in the workplace, as well as in life. And although I’m learning now that knowing when to quit is an important skill too, I think it's perfectly suited for an opportunity like this; where we’re all here for the marathon, not the sprint.

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Ken Chen

Design

I've always dreamed of building a design team that's like a family owned craft workshop.

Having a bunch of stellar designers doesn't always mean you will automatically have a stellar design team. I've seen many outstanding designers through my career from Frog to Nutanix to Airbnb and one thing that has been consistently true is that designers can be weird untamed creatures. We have so many unique ideas and want our work to be the best of the best. And, sometimes there are just too many chefs in the kitchen.

But does that mean you always have to strategically set clear ownerships so people don't step on each other's toes? Can folks simply volunteer wherever help is needed? That was my biggest goal when building the design team at DevRev. We wouldn't be able to create "delight" if we are not having fun ourselves. DevRev designers are just a bunch of "design kids" by heart. We are less of coworkers and more like buddies who share the same love of creating beautiful little things and putting a smile on people's faces. No matter how challenging the work or timeline is, we know we have each other's back.

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Chandra Nath

Strategic Ops

It’s always about the North Star.

As far back as I can remember, I’ve always been driven by the outcome - whether it was a video game score, time in a race, grades in school or sales in a business. When I played video games as a child, I always wanted the highest score. I would start by playing the same way as my friends, but would eventually find hacks/secrets to “break” the traditional scoring methods. I’d often weirdly try different key combinations and end up cracking a code. I wouldn’t care about the boundary conditions, even if others thought it might be unfair and as long as I wasn’t breaking any rules.

My outcome maniacalism guides my mental models at work in the same way - always in search of finding a new, better and faster way. In my past investment banking career and while at other formidable and reputable institutions, I saw well-oiled products and processes that left little room for innovation or experimentation. Despite finding rules or restrictions somewhat stifling, I’d never lose sight of the tangible, measurable outcome - my North Star - and would figure out how to optimize within any immovable constraints to get there.

At DevRev, with a blank canvas, we can create, design, hack and challenge everything and have already started to build operations in a way the world hasn’t seen yet. We’re redefining and morphing seemingly mature functions - culture, talent, HR, real estate, travel - into 100x better versions. We’re building for the workforce of the future which lives up to DevRev’s mission of building the most trustworthy place to work. It is so liberating - I feel like a bird flying toward a limitless horizon.

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Michael Machado

Product

Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.

I find myself motivated by the dirt. To create lasting value, to build something larger than one's own contributions, you must venture into unpaved territory. This is where I find inspiration; inspiration to learn new skills, inspiration to build new products, and inspiration to connect with people with similar aspirations.

Before getting my Masters, I spent a Summer in Alaska as a commercial salmon set-netter in one of the world's most sustainable fisheries (#ProtectBristolBay). Here I gained a new found appreciation for teamwork and what it takes to build trust. Working with an amazing group of individuals from around the world and sharing in the grueling 20+ hour / 7 days a week efforts that it takes to safely succeed in one of the world's harshest terrains, taught me how a motivated team can produce tremendous value.

The people and culture brought me to DevRev and convinced me that this is the right team to create a new technology category. The near decade I've spent in Enterprise Software has given me the opportunity to innovate across machine learning, voice, and collaboration applications, but the future of this industry is still an unpaved path. I believe it will require an even larger emphasis on Design, AI, and end user empathy. Those key tenants are what excite me about DevRev's Vision.

I am thrilled to be a part of this journey, to create the world's most customer centric company, and look forward to creating micro moments of joy for our customers and our customer's customers that will improve the lives of all our users.

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Nghia Nguyen

Strategic Ops

What are you holding on for?

This is something I’ve continued to ask myself throughout my life. It’s an innate fire—a reminder to tread only for so long along the settled and reassured paths. For me, there has always been that impetus to reach for things far-off from the straight and narrow. To trade things familiar for things beyond my realm of comfort; things that, at one point or another, were unfathomable to me. It’s my forcing function for growth.

Ten years ago I had embarked on a career doing computational physics in the aerospace field. I had no idea that I would end up in the area of business development, no less even thought about being a data engineer. Come to think of it, the latter term barely even existed then. The years at each of those waypoints were intensive: early mornings, chaotic days, long nights, tough customers, and lifelong friends. They gave me an appreciation for the value of failure. I reveled in soaking up the countless hours of learning. But sooner or later, it eventually always became maybe all too familiar, and that was my barometer to be unsettled again.

So, I’ve always welcomed leaving behind the well-honed parts of me to give way to something new. These leaps of faith carried me along an unconventional path. I trust in them. They gave me lessons in building from scratch. They taught me to let go. They helped me tame the fear of uncertainty. They led me to DevRev, where nothing we do is familiar, and there’s so much left to create.

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Nikhil Talwar

Engineering

Mistakes are your best teachers.

I realized the importance of academics much later in my life and consequently ended being in a not-so-great college. This was my first hard lesson in life that made me realize that I had to do something about my life. My learning journey started during my 2nd year of college when I pushed myself daily and worked till 2 AM. Three years later, I had completed six internships, founded two startups, and won three hackathons globally and nationally. I believe the biggest hurdle for anyone is to know what exactly you want to do or achieve in your life. Once that is clear, you can do anything. For example, I always wanted to code, and here I am…happy in my coding world!

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Rasko Pavlonic

Engineering

You are the Stabilizers!!

It was in my teens that I got my first PC. I used to play PC games and dreamt about creating a game on my own. Then there was rock music and a second dream: playing and singing songs so strong and moving that they would make people sing and jump from their feet. And so it started rolling. First AMSBasic programs, first open chords.

Dreams were coming to reality. I got to college, studying electrotechnics and played and sang in a rock band. Some of the first applications of my knowledge were building power stabilizers from spare parts to make amps, mixers and keyboards work in unstable electricity network. One day a friend dropped by to a rehearsal and declared “you are a band that runs on stabilizers” and so we called ourselves “Stabilizer”.

Being a part of a company should be as if being a part of a rock bank. You bring your best and trust in others that they bring their best too. Everyone is included, everyone contributes. No contribution is below you as long as it moves us forward. Different skills, experiences, cultures, languages are the pieces to combine, review, break, recombine - until we create an enjoyable product, be it SAAS or a tune.

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Ruoxi Li

Design

Do what comes naturally.

I like doing things that come naturally and creating something from scratch is one of those things that had a visceral magnetism for me. While discussing user journeys one day with the PM team, I decided it would be good to create the requirements visually using wireframes. In any other organization this would have led to discussions around swim lanes between PM and design team. Here we just got on the call, discussed what made sense and moved on. Simple things like these define the culture of the company and build a familial trust among team members.

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Shlomi Vaknin

Engineering

My story is that of endless curiosity.

Early in my childhood, I gained notoriety for wrecking and then eventually fixing things while trying to understand how they worked. When I was about nine years old, my mom brought our very first computer home for her work. It wasn't long before I had managed to break it. After I broke it the third time, my mom took me along with the computer to the repair shop, and left me there for a few hours. What happened next changed my life. Watching the technicians the entire day as they repaired this and other computers was a dream-come-true for me. Soon after, I was able to fix the computer on my own, learning from things like autoexec.bat file that the technicians had written.

That was my introduction to programming.

Fast forward a few years later and my curiosity led me to become a programmer but also to learn playing the violin, drums and the piano, learn obscure languages and delve into astrophotography.

My curiosity drives me. My curiosity defines me.

My curiosity is what brought me to DevRev, and I continue to enjoy the journey of learning new things every day.

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Madhukar Kumar

Growth

As a child, I was petrified of snakes.

I grew up in a small town in West Bengal in India. The place was known for a steel factory where my father worked. Burnpur, of other things, had a lot of tropical vegetation and saw rain more than five months of the year. It also had a lot of snakes, and we would run into different kinds at all places. While playing cricket on the field, while walking on the streets, and sometimes even inside the house. I was petrified of snakes.

When I went to college in Delhi, the fear that had found root deep in my psyche followed me, and one day to try and get it out of my system, I said to myself - What is the worst thing that can happen? There was no dearth of snake charmers in Delhi at that time, and the next time I saw one, I asked the charmer if I could hold a snake in my hand. My hypothesis was if I got up close and personal with a reptile and saw it for what it was - mostly harmless, I could see that the fear was illogical and the mere act will cure me of the irrational dread.

My hypothesis proved wrong.

But I did it anyway.

Throughout my life, I have had a fear of doing things that have always been way outside my comfort zone. But every single time, I somehow found courage to do it anyways.

More recently as I grew comfortable around my day-to-day job, I heard about DevRev and came to the conclusion it merited walking away from everything I have learned to try something new again. To build something from scratch again. To hold the snake in my hand again.

This is the story of my life. And it is still taking shape.

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Nadia Matin

Strategic Ops

Choice and growth

When I was little, I collected stickers that I refused to use. I would have page after page of them, of gold stars and sparkling letters, animals and rainbows and rocketships, but would leave them in wait for the proper occasion of their use. I waited. And waited. And waited. I waited until, one day, I couldn’t find them. I knew I could only use each of them once and, not wanting to risk putting them in the wrong place, I used none of them.

As I got older, I realized I would never find the perfect place to put a sticker. Instead, by placing one, I would learn where the next would go. I learned this by making choices about my university, my habits, my majors, and my friends. By pursuing my passions instead of waiting for the perfect path, I was able to make a choice that would maximize that which was important to me now to grow. This is why, when looking for opportunities after college, I began to look into startups.

When interviewing at DevRev, I was struck not by the cog in the machine type of career but rather an opportunity to be and improve myself while influencing the growth of such a new organization. Here was a company that believed in passion, believed in education, and believed in the pursuit of ideas so much that the founders were willing to risk leaving their previous billion dollar public company to start it. It was a team of inclusion and heart, one that exemplified the opportunities of the individual and the importance of having a community. When I received an offer, I knew that I was making the right choice in joining because this was one that afforded me the chance to keep pursuing different ideas, to interact with and grow from independently minded people, and to give my time to a cause where it was valued more than monetarily.

In a world where our choices after college often lead to careers many of us thought unimaginable our freshmen year, joining a startup has allowed the opportunity to continue growing and make meaningful contributions. Instead of a finite choice, a startup is the choice of many more choices. Choice to do something new and contribute something great. Page after page of stickers - so many that I don’t mind giving myself a gold star.

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Matt Schrimpf

Strategic Ops

The builder in history

Coming from a family of farmers and engineers, I have always been interested in the synthesis of ideas and practical action. Why does a problem exist? How does the system in which it occurs work? What can I do to solve it? These questions have inspired me in all domains of my life, from road-bike maintenance, to archival research, to early-childhood education, to business-building.

A place to which I have often returned for reflection is the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, where a painting by Camille Corot called The Muse: History hangs in Gallery 803. The painting seized my attention when I first saw it, its balance of detail and ambiguity evoking the essential questions with which the historian must grapple — Why are things today as they are? How did they grow out of past events? Who drove those changes, what ideas inspired them, and what did they displace?

A perennial debate among historians is whether the agency of great people or the broad force of structural conditions dictates the course of history. To build a successful technology company, however, one does not have the luxury of taking only one of those sides. The vision must be ambitious, the timing must be right, and the technology must deliver compelling value, but the team must also execute with a devotion to progress that verges on the religious and must not only confront but knock down longstanding assumptions. It is a challenge with many facets, and when successfully overcome, its impact on the way that people live and work can be tremendous.

At DevRev, we are company not only of builders, but also for builders. By bringing developers closer to their customers, we are empowering them to shape the future of their products and their businesses. We are tilting the historical balance toward agency.

This is the scale of our opportunity at DevRev. I look forward with great anticipation to the journey ahead.

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Nimar Arora

Engineering

The joy of creation

Sometimes the most eye—catching creation is made by pure accident. Like a crumpled paper napkin forgotten in a pocket and removed weeks later.

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Akanksha Deswal

Engineering

Growing up quotations have had a great impact on shaping my character and perspective.

My father often quoted "Honesty, is the best policy" and "Sab padhenge, tab badhenge" (which roughly translates to "We will grow, only if everyone is educated"). I took both of these to heart and have been mentoring students ever since my high school days.

A lot of my inspiration on engineering comes from my grandfather who was a civil engineer himself. His favourite quotes were — "A stitch in time saves nine" (in current connotation — fixing technical debt before it blows out of proportion) and "Footprints on the sands of time" (building something which makes a long lasting impact in this world, a legacy you leave behind !)

As I started to form more independent view of the world I realised that, I thrive on trust and enjoy being able to utilise all of my skills at work — engineering, communication, people, design—rather than limiting myself to what is expected of a role. DevRev was an opportunity which gave me those wings and I decided to join the flock, no questions asked.

I also strongly believe in growth-mindset and knowing that future me will be a much better version of present me. Luckily, I have some of the most amazing co-workers who inspire me to improve every single day.

Personally, I derive happiness from little things 😇 — An evening tea with my partner at ChaiPoint, buying new plants and decor for my living room, baking our favourite cake with my sister and a laughter filled dinner with my besties !

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Eric Leite

Engineering

There are no secrets to success.

It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure. I've always had an entrepreneurial spirit at heart. My journey into software development started while I was studying Chemical Engineering at university. I took an engineering entrepreneurship course and got the chance to start my own company. What my team and I came up with was essentially on-demand electric scooter rentals (back before they were ubiquitous). At the end of the course, real investors evaluate everyone's business proposals, and my team ended up winning the competition!

Unfortunately, the company didn't make it past the classroom, but I did receive my first full-time job offer in software development because of it. One of the investors loved our idea and offered me a job at his digital design agency. I gladly accepted and was very excited for the opportunity to be a part of the complete software development lifecycle, from ideation to design to development. So much so, in fact, that I decided not to pursue opportunities related my Chemical Engineering degree after graduating!

What I enjoy most about software engineering is getting to design the inner workings of the applications we use every day. I've always been the kind person who loves to take things apart to see how they work, so this was the perfect fit for me. I'm grateful to have had the opportunity to build all kinds of applications over the years—from data visualization to supply chain management to health insurance—across both web and mobile platforms.

What drew me to DevRev was the opportunity to completely change the way we work together through software. I'm excited to work with such an ambitious team that cares deeply about the end-user. I'm constantly learning something new every day here and applying my skills in creative ways. I can't want to see what the future holds for us!

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Bhavana Thudi

Product

Good morning of a new humanity

My parents gave me my roots and my wings. I learned responsibility from my father and self-discipline and perseverance from my mother. For this reason, my secret weapon has always been endurance**,** to play for the long run, and bring responsibility and energy to the finish line.

My learnings from life are summarized in one word, balance. Parenting, as a balance of nature and nurture. Problem solving, as a balance of the detail and the big picture. Decisions, as a balance of art and science. Career, as a balance of following the heart and the mind. Business, as a balance of short-term and long-term goals. Earth, as a balance of god’s creation and human consumption.

Balance, however, is never actually standing still. I believe we are experiencing a rebirth, a New Renaissance that will unleash something great, giving rise to individuality, new forms of creation and purpose-driven connection. At DevRev - it is Day 1, to find a balance again. To fight for a world of reason, to fight and do away with barriers. To fight for a world that’s ready to welcome a new humanity.

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Brian Byrne

Engineering

New perspective

My journey at DevRev is one of new perspectives. For the majority of my 14-year career, my efforts have been shrouded in infrastructure, writing systems designed to be used exclusively by other machines. In this world, efficiency and reliability are key, where function precedes form and inconsistencies can be catastrophic.

Humans are different. While they're more forgiving in terms of latency, they're also fairly imprecise, relying on an accumulation of information to guide and enhance their experience. Framing back-end engineering decisions in terms of how they enhances users' productivity—and ultimately, their happiness—flexes an empathy muscle that had atrophied in the infrastructure layers.

This mental shift accompanies a personal change as I've become a first-time father in late April. It has been uniquely rewarding to attempt to see the world through my daughter's eyes as she discovers contrasts and colors. As I start my life-long journey to help her navigate the complexities of life and to teach her how to find value in a world of noise, I can't help but draw parallels to my new professional venture.

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Victor Kamanga

Engineering

I love tinkering with things

I was born and raised in a small town called Mzuzu in Malawi. My early days defined the individual I am today. I went to boarding school at an early age. It was challenging, but extremely pivotal in moulding me as an individual. There was hazing and bullying. Home was a long ways out; nowhere to run. We had to manage our school supplies to keep us going till the end of the quarter, and on top of that we had to keep good grades in class. Through it all, I really learned how to thrive and survive.

After secondary school, I was set to go study Business Administration and Accounting at the University of Malawi - easy route to making a good living in Malawi. But that was not my passion. I loved tinkering with things. Physics fascinated me. Mathematics fascinated me. Planes fascinated me! I so badly wanted to study avionics and aeronautics, and universities in Malawi did not offer that.

I caught wind of a program that would help me apply to colleges in the US. Lifeline! I embraced it with both hands, and worked hard at it!

One semester into my college studies, I learned Aeronautics and Astronautics might not be my best option - the perils of not being a US citizen. That was soul crashing. It was hard to take, but I had to pivot. EECS was my next choice; a strategic choice: EECS gave me the opportunity to tinker with and build things, while at the same time giving me a good chance of getting the industry experience I'd need… the experience I’d need to give back to where I started.

Years have passed, I continue to be a student of engineering; I continue to be a tinkerer; I continue to be a builder. And deep inside, the desire to give back to where I started continues to burn…

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Kavya Kommareddy

Strategic Ops

Evolution is joy.

Though I have not always known my path, I have always known my purpose: creating a meaningful difference in the world. Whatever I touch, I must leave it better than I found it.

While that requires working with passionate, like-minded people, it conflicts with my fierce independence and finding deep comfort in solitude, grappling with a complex challenge.

That's one reason that I enjoyed studying and practicing the law, a profession where you go deep within to solve challenges for others. That's also why I chose to work with a legal-tech startup at the beginning of my career when more traditional options were available. I have always wanted more from life than just making a living, and I will not be content being just a cog in a wheel. I need to make a genuine impact, and I live for that sense of purpose.

This powerful quote by Michelle Obama resonates deeply with me: "For me, becoming isn't about arriving somewhere or achieving a certain aim. I see it instead as forward motion, a means of evolving, a way to reach continuously toward a better self. The journey doesn't end."

Coming from such a different world, joining DevRev is almost like starting a new career and a chance to throw myself into things I haven't done before. It's such a rare opportunity to have the 'roll up your sleeves,' hacky startup energy combined with the wealth of experience and big-picture thinking that our founders bring.

I'm immensely grateful for the challenges and opportunities to learn that DevRev offers, and I am honored to be embarking on this journey with the team here. It's been amazing to discover how quickly trust develops when interactions are authentic and empathetic, despite never meeting each other!

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Parikshit Deshmukh

Design

Untethered blob of color

I paint. Sometimes to express and often to reflect. But I can promise you; there is nothing as scary as a blank canvas. I remember a Van Gogh quote that goes something like - an empty canvas has a paralyzing stare that says, "You can't do a thing." But, at that moment, all you have to do is slap an untethered blob of color right across the canvas. That kinda puts an end to the spell of "You can't do a thing" once and for all. And then, you are no longer scared. That's the magic of beginnings, I guess. All you have to do is trust that magic and take a leap of faith. Eventually, everything will fall in place.

That's what made me join DevRev. Back in November 2020, we did not have an office space, an MVP or a payroll, or even a website. A blank canvas. But all it took was a 10-minute conversation with Manoj, and I joined DevRev as the 1st member in India. From that day till today, it has been an adventure. I have been very fortunate to collaborate with all the brilliant minds at DevRev. Each day we dream, conceptualize, discuss, debate, and passionately fight to build the most fantastic experience for the DevRev platform. Each day we add new brushstrokes to the canvas. It's not the masterpiece we envisioned yet. But it's undoubtedly a million leaps ahead of the blank canvas we started with. As Dheeraj says, "It's a looooong journey, we will stumble, we will fall, but eventually, we will get there." And I can't wait.

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Ashwini Vasanth

Engineering

To strive, to seek ,to find and not to yield - Alfred, Lord Tennyson

I grew up in Bangalore speaking five different languages (never could decide which one to claim as my mother tongue :)). I was interested in poetry and found it fascinating to compare how the same thoughts were expressed differently in different languages. My parents believed in letting me discover and form my view of the world. In school, I discovered my love for programming, and the power of creating something useful made me giddy. When it came to choosing a field, I was torn between pursuing literature/poetry and engineering. Most people found my conundrum bizarre and didn't think these two interests could ever live in harmony. So I let my left brain dominate my thoughts and pursued engineering. I have spent the past 15 years building products, seeking and finding new challenges in startups and established companies, learning new domains, identifying common patterns across fields, and experiencing the thrill of programming in languages ranging from Assembly to Golang. I firmly believe applying learnings from different fields and fostering a diversity of ideas help build a better world. I think the structured thought process, imagination, and empathy required to write good poetry is no different from what is needed to build great products. The most delightful experiences of my career so far have been when I solved challenging problems, and I was able to connect directly with the consumer of the products I had built and receive feedback. The direct feedback was far easier to receive for my poetry blog, while it was much harder to receive for my developed products.

So, the decision to join DevRev was an easy one, considering there is a massive list of challenging problems to solve. The vision of the company is to bring developers closer to the customers. It is great to solve a problem that will get me as much joy as a creator to bring to our customers. I am super excited about building a product that will melt the artificial barriers between the creators and the consumers and delight both equally. I look forward "To strive, to seek, to find and not to yield" until we make this a reality.

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Amisha Kothari

Engineering

Stay hungry, stay foolish

I've always been an inquisitive person. The WHYs and the HOWs around me have molded and directed my thinking from the word go. Though I've never been an active reader, the stories about enhancing people's lives have always fascinated me. At the core of each story, there was an idea that someone chose to believe in if others didn't. This made me realize that it is extraordinary in the ordinary; you just have to look for it with open eyes and an open mind. You have to place your belief in your gut feeling and work with that belief to see it materialize.

As a person and as a student, the two pillars of my growth have been a constant urge to strive for better and a knack to try new things outside of my comfort zone, caring more about learning and less about the consequences.

As a fresh graduate, there are numerous things for me to explore and learn. I find DevRev an excellent opportunity to kick off my career; there are plenty of ideas to brainstorm and work upon. Everyone wants to join a brand, but I decided to contribute to building one and looking forward to a roller coaster ride with fellow DevRevelers!

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Minkyoung(MK) Lee

Design

Life is a happy journey.

I have been moved to a lot of places since I was a child. From Michigan and California to Gyeonggido and Seoul in Korea, there are more than 6 places where I left my footsteps. It may have been a demanding time for me as a child, but I remember it as a valuable experience. In retrospect, I believe it was possible because I met good family and friends on the itinerary. Thanks to this, I have become a person who enjoys challenges and journeys. I feel fulfilled and alive when I try and learn new things. I started a new journey as I joined DevRev this June. I would say this trip will also be decent and joyful because the people I met here are stunning. As it will be the first trip for both me and DevRev by being together at the start of the company, I look forward to learning a lot and being an inspiration to the company and my colleagues.

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Venkata Vamsi Krishna Kothuri

Engineering

Tough times makes you build character.

I don't say I was born with a golden spoon but definitely with a silver spoon. Days were all good and rosy till I was in my final year of graduation. Generally, every semester, my dad used to give me 20,000 Rupees as pocket money, but in my last year, he gave me 2,000 Rupees and asked me to manage my expenses with that amount that year. At that young age, I was like - What the heck is this? How can he do that to me? Why is he doing that? Did he stop loving me? Did he even understand my commitments and expenditures? How could I take my friends out for parties? How could I compromise on my lifestyle? And what would my friends think about me? Will I be looked down upon?... More than 1,000 questions ran through my brain.

Then my dad gave me another shocker - "No higher education because you have to support the family," he said. This devastated me completely until my mom told me that my dad's business got into trouble and ended up with so much debt that we couldn't even afford our usual standard of living. He needed my help. I had no words other than tears. Especially being born as a kid where all my wishes came true in no time, it was heartbreaking.

This made me think about my character deeply. At this point, I had two choices: accepting the changes or completely rewrite the story of my vision of the future. I choose to pursue the latter option. Because my dad used to say, "Tough times test and build your character." Being the oldest son in the family with two younger brothers, I decided to be brave and made some difficult choices.

After I finished my graduation, I embarked on my career immediately. While I was in college, I decided to tutor other engineering students. Then, when I got a chance, I worked as a freelancer, then as an insurance agent, I did stock trading, gave corporate training, even worked as a real estate agent. I did not say no to any job opportunity that came my way, and five years later, devoid of social life, no trips, no holidays, no sleep, I finally found something that I could call a stable job. Those five years were the most challenging years of my life, yet those were the best years. It transformed me completely the way I think and act on things, the way I listen and understand situations, how I treat family and I think about people; and how I respect all that we have today and had in the past.

I feel those five years added character to me and what I do. Now I strongly feel blessed to have what we have, and I also firmly believe that I can live a simple life and brave any challenges life throws at me.

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Brandt Swanson

Growth Engineering

Not just an intern!

I have known for a long time that I love technology. Whether it was playing video games with my dad or building toy circuit sets, I was always intrigued by how much was possible through electronics. As I got older, I started to grow more curious about what I myself could do through coding and started taking basic programming classes. I fell in love with it, and have continued my learning through the University of Texas' computer science program. While there, I took on different internships that taught me things that school never could, but for some reason I felt unfulfilled by the work I was doing.

Ever since I joined DevRev, I have felt like my skills are being used to the fullest. I have been given many opportunities to come up with ideas and execute them myself, even though I'm "just an intern." I feel like a valued member of the team, and each day I'm excited to get to work because of how much I have been encouraged and pushed to grow. I'm excited to see where things go from here!

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Anindya Misra

Product

I am seeking for the bridge which leans from the visible to the invisible through reality.

Software engineering happened to me by fate. Born in the 80s in India, I followed the engineering route and my cousins to America to seek a better life, like most in my generation. As an immigrant student, '09 was a bad time to graduate and launch a career in the post-recession world. After being an intern for more than a year, I had finally started a permanent position at RSA, The security division of EMC as a software engineer in the SIEM team. My job was to collect, parse and model log data from all kinds of servers, routers, gateways, firewalls, etc. This was by no means a dream job compared to Google and Microsoft at that time, but I was grateful for the opportunity. Despite an unreasonable number of roommates, sub-par pay, and a second-hand car that could give in any minute, I felt that things were finally looking up. Then, in a near Forrest Gumpish incident on a cold fateful morning, I found myself caught in the middle of a landmark story that changed my life. Here it goes !!

I swerved my mean machine- '98 Nissan Altima through a Dunkin to get my usual morning hit of double sugar double cream with coffee and a Boston cream donut; I knew I was already late for yet another day at work. Sporting my freebie backpack, I rolled into the proud corner that I shared with three other techies. "Anindya, can I see you in my office" - my Manager called out. As I walked into his office, my usual cheerful boss had a grim look on his face. As he looked towards his window - he said, "There is a project I want you to work on. Please keep it to yourself, but there is an ongoing investigation of a possible data breach in our servers. You will work closely with the Security Operations Center team to assist in forensics." He then walked me across the bridge to the adjacent building where the Security Operations Center was housed. What I saw there was straight from a Hollywood movie - Huge television screens and scores of "analysts" sifting through data as if in a NASA control room. Little did I know that the "boring" log analysis product I worked on was the foundation of this bustling operation. I was introduced to the analysts who looked exhausted as if they had not slept for days. I got a seat at the war room and started working with them.

The analysts used my product day in and out, and as customers had a lot of questions around the inner workings and features. Sitting with them and seeing them use the product, I felt proud of my work, and suddenly the "Why" of my 8-10 hours daily had a higher purpose. I also realized that the way we designed the product was very different from the way analysts used it; most of our assumptions were not correct. I worked closely with the analysts and learned a lot from them. Then, RSA publicly disclosed the breach even though some thought it was suicidal for a security vendor to be hacked. As Art(RSA President)put it, "Trust was the bedrock of our business," and we had to be very transparent with our customers. Very soon, Google and others also disclosed their breaches in what seemed to be a series of sophisticated nation-state attacks. In fact, the demand for our product rose significantly, and the learnings from the breach were productized and sold to many of our customers, and I had a front seat to all this action.

Today data breaches are commonplace, and the SIEM market has ballooned into a multi-billion dollar Security Analytics industry. I was lucky to be a small part of that story. But, I am happy I crossed the bridge to the other side where my customers were on that fateful day. It changed my life!

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Prabath Siriwardena

Engineering

It is always the journey, not the destination.

I come from the south of Sri Lanka, filled with lush paddies where farming was the staple. Now it is one of the metropolitan states. After high school, I joined the University of Moratuwa, where I pursued civil engineering for my undergraduate degree, followed by a postgraduate degree in computer science from the same university. I moved to Silicon Valley in 2015.

Even though I did civil engineering for my undergraduate studies, my passion was in computer science. The reason I did civil engineering was because I had no choice. After the first-year exam at the university, we were given an option to pick a new area we wanted to specialize in — and my scores were only good enough to do civil engineering, so I did it! It was the very first significant setback in my Life! I started finding ways to learn computer science myself so that when I graduated from the university, I could be a software engineer. Unlike these days, we didn't have Coursera, Udemy, Khan Academy, or not even a broadband internet connection. So I developed a strange habit of collecting job advertisements for software engineers in Sunday newspapers and sticking all of them into a journal. That helped me learn what skills I needed to develop to land a software job.

I worked hard self-studying computer science while doing my undergraduate studies in Civil engineering, only to learn that no software company was even interested in giving an interview for a civil engineering graduate. That was a bummer! I wanted to build a resume that no software company could reject. It took me three months, sleeping about three hours a day, to complete most of the developer-focused certificate programs by Sun (Oracle now), Microsoft, and Oracle. Finally, I re-applied and landed my first job as a software engineer! That journey I took to become a software engineer taught me not only computer science but also Life. I learned the pain of rejection and how to keep my head high even when nobody wants me!

If I have any success today, that's primarily due to my very first failure in Life as an undergraduate.

In 2007, I joined WSO2 to lead the open-source Identity Server project from zero customers to a 750-plus, zero annual recurring revenue (ARR) to 12M+ USD, zero users to more than 250 million, and from a four-member team to a 100-member team. It's been a remarkably satisfying experience.

I am now thrilled to start the next phase of my Life at DevRev and looking forward to growing from zero again.

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Jan Olderdissen

Engineering

Getting priorities straight

One of the most important lessons of my life has been understanding, evolving, and accepting my priorities. For example, when I was in college, my primary goal was to earn enough to buy a Porsche. At the time, that was more of an unconscious desire, but when I finally could afford a sports car, I no longer wanted one. I had matured enough to realize that sports cars are merely impractical status symbols and that I didn't need one - neither as a conveyance nor as a means to stroke my ego.

This goal-wise vacuum was quickly filled by my loving wife and a couple of kids, whose well-being, raising, and education are now the overriding priority. My second priority is enjoying life in its various facets: Food, hiking, chess, building, and making people happy. The latter includes customers, coworkers, and my father-in-law. 😜 The awesome power in figuring out and explicitly noting your priorities is the clarity that brings. For example, if I were to conclude that my priority is to work on cool hardware, such as rocket engines, perhaps I should find another place to hang my hat. If, on the other hand, I conclude, as I have, that the most important aspect of a place of employment is to be surrounded by a small but awesome team and to have unseating Goliath as a goal, then DevRev is an excellent choice.

Figuring out and explicitly noting priorities is just as important for a business. In a testament to how unusual Dheeraj is as a CEO, he stated long ago that his priorities for his business are taking care of customers first, then taking care of employees and letting them build an awesome product. The bottom line, according to Dheeraj, then takes care of itself. That clarity has made Nutanix what it is today and will; I have undoubtedly made DevRev similarly successful. My recommendation to you: Think about your personal goals and priorities, and once you have clarity, the view will be much like this ☝️.

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Pratyush Goel

Engineering

There is no substitute for hard work.

I was born in Ghaziabad (Uttar Pradesh, India). I attended my schooling in different parts of the country. This provided me with an opportunity to work, learn, and interact with people from different cultures and diverse backgrounds.

In my early childhood, I loved roller skating as it required a lot of balance and coordination. While preparing for a state-level competition, I fractured my right arm in the process. With three months left, I was disappointed that I was not able to participate due to my lack of preparation. However, with very little time left post my recovery, I did not give up on the practice and finished 5th in the competition. This event taught me the importance of hard work, determination, and never giving up. I have been a strong advocate of these qualities ever since.

I recently finished my undergraduate in Software engineering. During the course, I completed multiple internships where I worked on back-end technologies and mentored students as a teaching assistant. I like working on problems that challenge me to think and work harder.

I love to travel by road and enjoy hiking while listening to music.

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Lörinc Bódy

Engineering

The urge to understand the world

The urge to understand the world and gain passive knowledge forms a paired opposite with the desire to change it and make new things. Since my childhood, I have sought to make ideas into something tangible that can be touched, beholden, or interacted with. At first, the medium was sand, paper, or LEGO, later 3D models, computer games and simulations, or occasionally even wood or electronics. On the other hand, the allure of the unknown was always strong for me, even for details (for example, in history) that don't seem to have any practical relevance. Later at the university, I studied as a physicist, science concerned chiefly with understanding, not applying the knowledge. This way, I came to the opinion that the best results emerge where these opposites meet and the latest formal knowledge is applied to the engineering of new things while scientists deploy creativity to craft experiments and hypotheses. Now at my first job, I will take part in the creation of products for all the world to see, not just for myself or show off for friends, which fills me with excitement. Meanwhile, in the field of machine learning, perhaps understanding and everyday practice are finally inching to meet in the middle, raising my curiosity.

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Tjaša Šinkovec

Growth Engineering

Progress, not perfection

Since I was very young, I believed that everything I do should be perfect. My motivation derived strictly from the “perfect outcome” and whenever that was not attainable a lot of negative feelings followed.

I started studying Computer science in 2018 and I remember being so excited about it. I am a person who loves fresh starts and meeting a bunch of new people. However, I ended up being terrified of failure all the time. The fun college experience I was hoping for was not fun at all. It was exhausting.

So I made a promise to myself that I will no longer place perfection on a pedestal and while working towards this goal I noticed one thing: I started enjoying the process, not just the outcome. I was curious again and eager to learn. I progressed faster and guess what? Most of the time the outcome was even better than before.

“Just because you are not constantly worried about producing the "perfect" result does not mean you are not working towards your goals.”

I found out about DevRev in August 2021 and knew straight away that this is something I want to be a part of. I am ready to embark on this journey and I feel very honored to do it with such amazing people by my side! 🥰

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Chris Brown

Growth Engineering

I am a naturally curious person

I'm a naturally curious person and always looking to learn something new. I'm constantly hungry for knowledge and have made major changes in my career, zealously pursuing new knowledge and experiences. I've found that expertise gained in each one provides unparalleled versatility and adaptability on new teams and solving problems others just accepted. Cooking has been a passion of mine for years because it combines technical ability, creative expression, and community. A dish can be simply made by the books following a recipe, but for me, each new recipe is a lesson providing new spice combinations or skills to master and apply to other dishes. My love for cooking comes from this improvisation, using different skills and knowledge to create new memorable dishes to share. I love building and tinkering with technology to get things just right both at work and at home. My most recent home project has been setting up my office as a studio for no other reason than I wanted to create the best home Zoom setup. I've always been someone who loves to understand why and how things work; I can't truly advocate for something without this! As a kid, my parents learned quickly not to leave me alone with anything – like the TV remote – as I would quickly disassemble it. Luckily, I've gotten much better at rebuilding the technology since then!

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Dejan Mesar

Engineering

Curiosity did not kill the cat; it shaped me.

I love curiosity. It has been with me from the very beginning of my life. In fact, it was curiosity that helped me experience many different things that would not have been otherwise possible. For example, I got into a range of extra-curricular activities like chess, puppets, ecology, chemistry, maths, logic, media creation, sports, etc., because I was driven by an urge to learn more. It was a quest to find out more that exposed me to a great variety of different experiences.

Initially, I had a hard time finding something I wanted to pursue in life. It was not until 3rd year in high school when it became clear to me that I wanted to become a software engineer. The main thing that drove me into software engineering was the ability to work and integrate with so many different fields. I need that diversity to satisfy my curiosity. I do not believe any other field offers so much versatility as software engineering does where you can never stop learning.

I like mixing creativity, reliability, and indulging in innovation as a software engineer. I think that it is my curious nature tha helps me find out-of-the-box solutions to complex problems. I would not be able to live without that challenge. Curiosity makes me; it shapes me.

I always dreamed of working on tools that would help people to achieve their dreams. I believe DevRev gives me the unique opportunity to do precisely that.

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Saloni Dhawan

Design

Do all things with love

I think of myself as someone who is always in the pursuit of happiness, and happiness can mean many different things to me. For example, spending a day at home watching movies and TV shows with my family is just as special as the satisfaction of completing a passion project after working on it for several days and nights. The key, I believe, is to have faith and pay close attention to everything you do - no matter what it is.

Ever since childhood, I've had a strong interest in art and craft. This meant that I spent the majority of my time in school making tiny drawings on the margins of my notebooks rather than paying attention to what was being taught. Giving tangible form to my imagination was far more fascinating to me than any math or geography lesson. So it seemed natural after that to pursue a career in design.

An aspect of design that really interested me was that, in essence, it was all about solving problems with a humane approach. No matter how complex, any design problem could be addressed by breaking it down to its most essential components and then figuring out how each one could be tackled. This approach made a lot of sense to me, not just while creating designs but also in everyday life. When every single part of a larger whole is catered to and treated with care, it's natural for the big picture to function well and be in perfect harmony.

Right after hearing about DevRev and the problem, it's aiming to solve - I was sold on the idea. After that, the infectious enthusiasm of every team member I spoke to further motivated me to take this leap of faith. I believe DevRev is going to do something amazing, and I absolutely look forward to being a part of the team that gets it done.

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Divya Nair

Strategic Ops

Opportunities are everywhere

This sentence has always been my way of life. So when people say that opportunities come knocking at your door, I always feel, why wait? Why not just grab one that already exists all around us.

I have just grabbed on to the opportunities that I have seen around me for learning, unlearning, and sometimes relearning throughout my life. This is not only applicable when we talk about work but also about life. For example, on a sunny day, if there is a sudden shower, the feeling of getting drenched is incredible. Similarly, exploring new routes because your ran into a roadblock often leads to breathtaking views. My curiosity to see what may happen if I take an alternate path has shaped me into who I am today.

I love this saying from Sheryl Sandberg - "If you are given a seat on a rocket ship, don't ask what seat! Just get on." DevRev is that rocket ship for me, and I am so happy to be a part of the crew. I am super excited to go through my next learning curve and the journey with so many passionate people.

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Ahmed Bashir

Engineering

Approaching each journey with humility

Growing up an expat, an immigrant, and an optimist meant embracing the journey — from one school to another, or perhaps country to country. My life has been about approaching each journey and encounter with curiosity and humility; since childhood, I was drawn to not just doing, but watching intently as others did their life's work, whether it be a car mechanic, a sketch artist, a cook, or a salesperson.

When the journey led you to an apartment with bare necessities and a typewriter, it became a great opportunity to pick up speed typing, develop a love for typography, and begin to put thoughts on paper at any point in the day.

And when the journey took a young adolescent to another hemisphere, it was an opportunity to discover new friendships and passions. For me, this meant discovering berries, papier-mâché, digital library catalogues, and organized sports. And with technology at your fingertips, it also meant tinkering with hex editors, virtual memory, and building PCs.

College offered incredible access — to wonderful teachers and lifelong friends, no doubt — but also intramural sports, art exhibits, and city life. On a free day, I would go door to door to see if local shops wanted a web storefront; there were also short stints as a valet driver, a mobile phone salesperson, an SAT tutor, and a salad-maker at the school cafeteria (sometimes working the back-kitchen prepping catering orders for university events). Not quite the same as my software internships or RA-ships, but each and every one of these experiences ties back into my work in some shape or form, to this day.

After briefly flirting with research and academia, I embarked on an epic journey at Apple, helping launch products that bring surprise and delight to both users and developers worldwide; this coincided with another amazing journey as a parent of two kids discovering their own journeys.

Today, I see myself as a team builder, a life-long learner, a champion for outcome-focused planning, a force multiplier, and, yes, an optimist. As a leader, I believe it takes effort to build an inclusive, empowering culture where folks are secure enough to engage with authenticity. Just as before, I still embrace new beginnings with genuine curiosity and a desire for deeper understanding.

And so begins this journey at DevRev where, hopefully, we can redefine the journeys of developers around the world.

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Katherine Cherry

Strategic Ops

Why people do the things they do

I've always been interested in why people do the things they do. Because of my deep interest in people and behavior, I received a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and a Master's Degree in Behavior Analysis.

Before joining DevRev, I used my education and certification in Behavior Analysis in working with children and adults diagnosed with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. My passion has always been to positively influence others. I continue to use my expertise in people and behavior along with my passion to influence others in my position on the Operations team.

When not working, I can be found watching reality TV (mostly anything on Bravo) while snuggling and taking an embarrassing amount of pictures of my dogs.

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Ankit Jain

Design

I believe in destiny

I believe in destiny and the power of propitious timing. “There’s a perfect timing to everything, trust the delays, he’s got you”. As a child I was passionate about sports, badminton being my first love I would say. When that didn’t work out well I wanted to study in one of the finest tech universities in India and explore! Design for me happened by fate. Soon enough I realised how interesting it is and there, I embarked on my journey to learn design and problem solving only to realise there’s no going back. As I matured and did a couple of internships, I realised how much I love product thinking and design to think of anything else as a career option.

For most of the time in last 3 years, I have dreamt of building world class products and begin on a Zero to One journey. When I got to know about DevRev, it was a no-brainer and thought this is the one in a lifetime opportunity to imagine, dream and build everything that I have always wanted to. I want to be a great designer and DevRev just seems the right opportunity to learn and grow! Looking forward to work with the amazing DevRevelers.

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Prithvi Sharma

Growth Engineering

It's always about the Why

Born and brought up in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, I first moved away from home to pursue Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur.

The journey from then on has been driven by a purpose of constantly getting better, remaining ever-curious about the 'Why' and making a difference.

Focussing on the 'Why', I see one overarching implication of fulfilling DevRev's Why as reducing "work about work" and being a driver for efficiency at developer-centric companies.

Having always been interested in efficiency at work, that's what brings me to once again prioritize yet another ship at an early-stage startup.

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Violex Ming

Engineering

I wanted to help people

I always knew that when I grew up, I wanted to help people. When you're young, you only see the strongest connections and the only connection I saw was between helping people and being a doctor, so that was that: I was going to be a doctor.

I did well enough in high school and found myself at the world's best public university: UC Berkeley. Unfortunately, In my first year of classes, I failed and I failed hard. I wanted to major in biochemistry then go to med school then residency etc etc, but I wasn't passionate about biology or chemistry and the classes were so... boring. I knew I had to pivot but I just didn't know where to. I had so much tunnel vision about being a doctor that I had failed to open my eyes and see other opportunities.

Thankfully, Berkeley had my back. They came out with the data science major and after hearing a friend who happened to be in the first data science class talk about the program, I decided to take some classes on whim and that's when I met the love of my life: programming. It sounds cheesy but after the first day of classes, I knew that I had found what I wanted to do. Even though it was too late to switch into the official computer science major, I carved out my own path within the data science major and consistently worked to prove myself to be on par with, if not better than, my peers who had been coding for years. It took six semesters of late nights, some tears, and lots of coffee but in the end, I found myself at DevRev on the AI/ML and backend teams.

The best part about it all is that I never had to give up on my ultimate goal of helping people; at DevRev, I get to create a product that will help millions of users, a number of people that I can't even begin to fathom. Life doesn't always go the way you want it to go and sometimes the path that you want to take isn't the path that's right for you. I'm thankful I was able to find my way to a path that I enjoy and I'm excited that we're building will help others find and focus on their own paths.

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Srividya Tata

Engineering

Enjoy every moment of your life!

I truly believe that life is something where every moment should be enjoyed and lived with complete energy, even when doing the most mundane of the tasks. This present moment, be it with parents, kids or colleagues will not come again !I am not writing this from a quote copied from somewhere but something I truly believe in.

I was born in a middle class educated family in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India. Both my parents had a passion for education and always encouraged us kids to do our best in whatever task at hand. We were instilled with the value of self respect and being respectful/helpful to others in the society. After finishing my Engineering, I went to the US to pursue a Masters in Computer Science.

My first job was at Oracle in the Bay area. I had the opportunity to be part of the Database Security team where I worked with some of the most talented and knowledgeable people. In the next twelve years at Oracle, I grew not only as an engineer but also as a person. I developed repetitive stress injury on my hands to the extent that even driving a car was painful. I overcame it with exercise, yoga and sheer positive energy. Looking back, I think this is the best thing that ever happened to me. Only tough times make you more compassionate, empathetic and better individuals.

On the personal front, I wanted to be there for parents and have them enjoy time with my kids. I moved from the Bay area to Bangalore eight years back. It was a bold move when I moved to India with my husband and two school going daughters. I am very happy I made the decision.

During the last eight years, working in the Oracle's Database Cloud Services area, I saw PaaS and SaaS grow in leaps and bounds. I got an opportunity to work on Oracle's Autonomous Databases and realized that gone are the days of traditional DBAs and that the world of automation is the present and future. I got a call from DevRev at this juncture in my career. DevRev's idea to automate mundane tasks and allow developers to work on real stuff (as opposed to triage and maintenance issues) is something I could relate to and appreciate as a developer. I was thrilled when I got onboard DevRev. I believe there is a solution for every problem. You just need the right attitude. This "can do and will do " approach with humility is what makes DevRev special and unique. I feel honored and excited to be part of the DevRev team.

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Adarsh Jaju

Engineering

Being a team player

I was born in the Indian state of Maharashtra and finished my primary education in a boarding school. From childhood, I was very much interested in playing and watching sports. I used to relate the same analogy of strategies, skills, learning from teammates, and mentoring teammates while playing a sport to everywhere in my daily tasks and it turned out well for me during my graduation and also in the corporate world.

I continue to do the same in my current job, where a team of people is responsible for a particular part of the product, I set my daily goals and try to complete those with eagerness to learn new trends and technologies in the industry, improve myself daily, learn from and guide my peers, again one may make mistakes but can learn and come back stronger the next day.

I am very much excited to be part of the team that is building a product that will redefine and make customer's and developer's life easy across the globe.

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Krishna Chaudhary

Strategic Ops

You can't connect the dots looking forward

I consider myself extremely lucky in life: to have been born to incredibly progressive parents who believed that girls deserved education and pushed all of their children to work hard and build careers that would fulfill them regardless of their gender.

My father inculcated curiosity in me, whereas my mother raised me to be sincere and consistent with my efforts. As someone naturally inclined towards all things logical, I enjoyed mathematics and science from an early age. So much so that I chose to pursue a science path and am currently enrolled in an M.Sc Physics program.

Physics is something that I find truly interesting, fascinating even. I am also someone who is open to all kinds of experiences and have several interests. This is what drives me to seek and gain exposure to people in different careers and get a feel of how they think and approach problems, and this is also one of the main reasons I chose to work in a fast-growing tech start-up like Devrev.

I also acknowledge that I am privileged and that most young girls do not have access to the same opportunities as me, which is not fair. This is why it doesn't make sense to me not to try and make things better in society or strive for how things 'should be.' Hence, I would eventually want to work on social issues a few years down the line. I do not exactly know how that is going to happen, but I'm going to have faith and abide by this beautiful quote by Steve Jobs: "You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future."

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David Breskvar

Engineering

Love what you do and you won't work a single day in your life.

Ever since I was a kid, my parents always told me that I should pursue a career in something that I enjoy doing. At the time, it didn't make much sense because I only liked playing video games :) When I did my first Android development course, I knew straight away that this was it. This is what they were talking about, and I want to pursue it.

There have definitely been ups and downs on the journey that I've started, but I realize my passion for the work all over again with every new beginning. It's the constant change of architecture, patterns, and technology that keeps me on my toes, keeps me wanting to learn new things and approaches each day. With learning new things, I also learned that there are no impossible challenges, and I like to believe that only the sky is the limit when bringing new ideas into life.

Another aspect of my career (as a remote developer) is that I love getting to know people all over the world. Getting to know their cultures, cuisines (I do like to eat :D) views, and also ideas that sometimes expand my horizon. And with that said, I found my other passion - traveling :).

Joining a startup like DevRev is exactly what brings those things into the light. Creating a product I can see disrupting the industry and standing behind something like that is what I can see myself doing. I believe the journey for starting DevRev will bring great new experiences in my life, and I look forward to seeing the growth of the product from the front line.

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Monica Mesineni

Strategic Ops

Pushing limits

I have always refused to believe that humans are designed to be or become just one thing in a lifetime.

So after a decade of a successful career in airlines, I decided to learn a new skill while continuing to be in a people-based role. I want to start with a small change in how employers choose people to be a part of their organizations.

I want to start looking at people's stories, their inspirations, their struggles, values, visions, and everything that a conventional resume will not hold. I want to start looking at people's strength and confidence in their vision and what they have learned in their failures rather than just the titles of their previous roles. Because that's what DevRev and its people had done for me, and I believe it was a start of a magical journey.

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Kush Trivedi

Engineering

Learning from mistakes

Mistakes have the power to turn you into something better than you were before.

I belong to a middle-class family where I am the first to get an undergraduate degree. My father owns a bookshop, and I remember when I was a kid, I used to try to read the books from our shop even though I didn’t understand a single word. My parents always motivated me to try anything I liked and taught me to embrace my failures and become a better version of myself after failing. I failed many competitive exams and always tried to give my best in the next exam, which led me to pass some prestigious exams.

As a life-long learner, I believe there has been a significant factor in my growth- my curiosity to explore things. Being at DevRev, I firmly believe there will be enough opportunities to satisfy my curiosity. I am excited to join DevRev at my early career as well as products’ early stage, as I always wanted to be part of something greater than just individuals, something big which could revolutionize the way things work in today’s world, and I think DevRev has the plan, team and the motivation to do it.

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Lakshya Khattar

Growth Team

(Not) Your average engineer next door

My story is that of an average guy. Brought up in a small city, I was a shy, introverted who was decent at studies. One thing that caught me early was curiosity. It has been my driving force ever since. I was fascinated by science and maths during my school days. I remember, back in school I came to know about "unsolved mathematics problems". I used to think how hard maths can be, picked up some random problem, and wasted hours trying to move forward (poor, silly me).

I also spent a lot of time reading books (mostly Encyclopedias) all my childhood. As I grew up, I started developing many more inclinations: watching soccer/football, playing soccer/football (still pretty bad at it though), messing around with physics, playing with dogs, cycling, traveling to unknown places, and many more.

Once I moved to university, I heard about this term called coding. I did get into it initially but only in the third year did I seriously 'find out' programming and that is when I fell in love with it. This was my first coming-of-age experience with something so fascinating and so vast. I tried and played with multiple languages in college.

I then worked with a healthcare-based startup. I experimented with different technologies there, learned a lot, and became the 'Jack of all trades'. With every new thing I learned, I discovered 10X awesome things that I didn't know about. As Einstein once said, "The more I learn, the more I realize how much I don't know". I eventually decided to move to DevRev because I believe this is the place where I can grow manifold. Can't wait to work with amazing people to build something magnificent.

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Anjali Yadav

Strategic Ops

I am made of memories, experiences, and what I read

Born and raised by a middle-class teacher couple, I always knew the importance of books, education, and stories. I read a lot of books, to the point that my moral compass was entirely shaped by the stories I read throughout my life. And being an ideal child I performed well academically as well as in co-curricular activities.

I have always been intrigued by the stars, galaxies, and complexity of the universe. To understand all of that I chose physics or maybe Physics choose me. And as Sheldon said, “As a physics major, I have a working knowledge of the entire universe and everything it contains”. So here I am, working as a Strategic ops intern and learning the most out of it from the best.

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Sarah Xiong

Design

Artistic Communication

My entire life has been dedicated to art and design as a form of communication. As a child, I had crippling social anxiety and would resort to colors and symbols as a mean of communication. For instance, my grandmother would ask me what I ate for lunch at school and I’d draw her a yellow triangle with red circles on top to say that I ate pizza. Luckily, there’s a career path that completely relies on visual elements to convey messages.

My passion for design has been the force that has guided me throughout my studies and my career. I have never wanted anything more in my life. I worked myself to the bone at school and continue to live and breathe design and I still love it.

This is what got my attention at DevRev. To see so many people dedicated to their craft and want to build something meaningful is inspiring to me. Working at DevRev is an amazing opportunity I wouldn’t be able to find anywhere else and I’m excited to see where it takes me.

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Chetan Sagare

Engineering

There is always a better way of doing things.

Since childhood, everything for me was about creating or building things. One of my favorite places to spend time during summers in my childhood was a junkyard at my grandma's places. From creating arts and crafts to playing with metals and explosive materials for science projects, my adventures were all about engineering things.

Coming from a small town and humble background, my curiosity, and hard work paved my way from studying in a small village school to a top tech university in India. Being surrounded by the brightest minds at my university greatly impacted my way of looking at life and my thinking. All the years in my career shaped the values and principles I believe in as a person.

I joined DevRev to be a part of this new rocket ship of product-led growth. Here I feel I have the opportunity to be part of building a product from scratch and not to be just another tech guy. I am excited about this new journey and looking forward to accelerating this rocket ship.

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Shivam Gupta

Engineering

You miss 100% of the shots you don't take!!

I have always believed in the power of getting early into action, stepping out of my comfort zone, and trying new challenges. I have seen people spending way too much time on planning, like trying to time the market before investing, waiting for the right time to start etc., not realizing that there's never a right time. It's all about starting today and being consistent in your efforts. Sharing a quote really close to my heart "A year from now, you will wish you had started today".

Born and brought up in a middle-class family, I realized the importance of hard work pretty early in life. I did well enough in high school and made it to one of the best engineering colleges in India: BITS Pilani. Those four years at BITS have been some of the best years of my life so far. I was surrounded by some of the brightest minds, which helped me become a better version of myself.

I started my software development journey with Nutanix and then moved to Microsoft, before joining DevRev. I realized pretty early that I enjoy building products that can bring a positive change in people's life. When I got to know about DevRev, it was a no-brainer. Building a product that is going to make the lives of millions of people out there so much simpler sounded really exciting & fulfilling and I immediately decided to join the flock. I'm really excited to work with such an amazing team here and looking forward to what the future holds for us!

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Divanshu Aggarwal

Engineering

"Learning from life one step at a time"

Learning new things has always been a constant force in my life. I like trying new things, love to take risks, and never get afraid of failures in life. There is always learning involved in each step and that's what drives me.

I am just another guy from a hamlet that has not changed ever since. I grew up in a modest home, with parents willing to sacrifice their part of bread for my education and they did. I have been raised lavishly in terms of education in a family that could not afford it. From a very young age, I knew I had to be their backbone, I had to at least try to repay them for spoiling me so well. Hence, I never took my education for granted.

I studied hard. Throughout school, I made sure to be competitive, to be the first in line. When I finished school, I chose the line of education I knew would pay me well. I did not get into an esteemed college the first time, so I dropped a year. Gained perspective about life, family, and everything else I could from that one year. Dropping that one year changed my life, made me who I am right now, or at least used to be before the pandemic.

I have always lived a life of simplicity. A life that is not led by the materialistic attraction of this world but through nature, peace, and sustenance. Here, when I say sustenance, I mean preserving the qualities that make me who I am. I am a commoner, never having the dream of being in the limelight, even if it’s for the right things. Apart from that, the only thing essential in my life is travel. Traveling and connecting with nature is therapeutic to me, an essential that keeps me sane.

The people and culture brought me to DevRev. Right from the start of the interview process, I can see the people possess the four cultural values and it convinced me greatly to get onboard on a journey of learning and creating something great together.

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Mollie Holland

Strategic Ops

The most rewarding things in life are those you work hardest for, make sure you have fun while doing them.

My career began serendipitously when I found myself in need of a job, unsure of what to do, and turned an internship into an incredible adventure. That adventure has brought me from advertising to manufacturing, from Minnesota to over 45 countries, and from small, entrepreneurial companies to multiple Fortune 100s.

I've had these opportunities because of the support around me, coupled with an ethos instilled within me from a young age. My grandfather was an Iowa corn & soybean farmer and taught me as a child to "get your work done first, then play". I first saw at University that some of the most rewarding parts of life come from things you have to work the hardest to achieve, but also that it's possible to have a lot of fun in the process!

I’m fortunate to have an incredible support system around me, which has led me to be a glass-half-full type of person, focused on what we can do vs. what we can't. These experiences have created a deep-seated desire to achieve the goals of the team by engaging across boundaries to find new solutions or opportunities. You never know what the next twist, turn, meeting or trip may take you.

Because life has taught me to always be prepared for that next moment of serendipity, when I began to understand what DevRev was building, I knew this would be my next adventure. I could see being a part of this incredible team would push me out of my comfort zone, to be inspired by new ways of thinking, to learn from new diverse perspectives, and definitely to have some fun!

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Shashank Singh

Product

Torn between improving the world and enjoying it

I think the circumstances and the experiences I had till now, have molded me into someone who is pragmatic but at the same time, ambitious with a bit of naivete. For a large part of my college life and till now, I have been an intern. And I definitely think I will and should never lose this intern mentality.

Interns have tremendous potential to “absorb” whatever they are seeing around them and be humble at whatever job they are doing. These qualities can be handy, at any stage of one’s career. Building something gives me an immense sense of responsibility and inspires me to think more. Looking forward to have a great journey ahead at DevRev.

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Nitesh Dubey

Engineering

The more I read, the more I acquire, the more certain I am that I know nothing, and the more motivated I get to repeat this cycle.

I’ve always been a fan of curiosity, and find joy in learning things. I’ve a zeal for improving myself and making myself better everyday. The idea of building something that enhances the lives of people has always fascinated me, and I strive to walk on that road.

During my college days, there wasn’t ever a time when I wasn’t learning or building something. It made me feel involved and happier.

As a new graduate, I’ve a lot of things I want to learn, and I find that DevRev will be the best place to kickstart my career. As DevRev is in its early stage, I’m excited that I’ll get to learn a lot here.

Looking forward to starting an awesome journey as a DevRevler!

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Alen Kirm

Engineering

"Dreams to reality"

When I was a kid, I’ve got my first PC, and ever since then, I was all about computers and video games. No matter what game I was playing, I always wanted to win no matter the price. I wanted to win in a creative and new way. This is all my life is about - being competitive, passionate, creative, and being followed by my biggest enemy - Perfectionism.

When I was in high school, I was too lazy to study and all I was thinking about were video games. Although I failed to learn programming basics in high school, I was still dreaming of becoming a Mobile developer one day. After that, I started studying at the Faculty of Information Studies in my hometown where, I’ve meet a friend, who enrolled in the same program as I did, and he was a freelance programmer. This is when my life changed forever. He managed to motivate and put me on the right path to finally start to learn to program. I started simple, by learning basics but as soon as I enrolled in an iOS development course using Swift language, this is when I believe I’ve found my purpose and thing I want to do and become good at. I remember my second day learning Swift when I said to myself: “That's it! It’s so much fun and it’s not that hard. I can do this!”. I simply knew right away, this is it. This is what I was dreaming of in high school. As of today, I still believe that if it wasn’t for him, my parents, and my grandparents, I would most probably still be looking for myself.

After years of programming different iOS apps, I’ve got an answer to the question: Why Mobile development? First of all, I believe you have to be passionate about something, and you have to love it to become successful. Second thing, I can finally show and realize my creativeness which affects other people's lives as well. As a third thing, as a developer, you have to constantly compete with yourself, and you have to keep getting better and better.

This is my story of making my dreams real - becoming an iOS developer. I am still as eager to learn new things and as passionate about iOS development as I was at the beginning of my career. The only difference is, that day after day, I'm just more thankful and happy to have met all of the people I've met and I am glad that I stayed focused on iOS development during my whole career. And this had not changed. My goal and plan are still the same: to become an experienced and competitive iOS developer who has contributed and given back experiences in some kind of an app that will be used by millions of people and will make their lives easier.

And as much as I knew right away that iOS development is my future, I believe in DevRev and the product we’ll be working on in the next years. I am very excited and thankful for this opportunity.

Let’s make it happen!

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Akanksha Singh

Product

“Perception begets reality, perseverance begets opportunity”

Having studied 16 hours a day for 2 years, not getting through IIT came as a big blow. I like to remember it as “My first big failure”. For the first time, I realised the importance of learning how to lose. There are a million books that’ll teach you how to succeed but very few will teach you how to lose. What do you do when you feel like you’ve failed yourself and your parents? Amidst discussions of trying again next year, there came a call from my uncle. “IIIT-Delhi seems like a good college. Why don’t you apply for it?”, he said. Being just 3 years old at the time, IIIT Delhi had no placement records but it had a great faculty and curriculum. Intuition told me that it would change my life, and it did. From what seemed like my biggest failure at the time, came an opportunity that made me who I am today. That was the first time I realised the importance of perception of failure. During the placement season, I was rejected for multiple jobs after reaching the last rounds of interviews, months of preparation notwithstanding. My job hunt went down to the last product company visiting the campus. I aced the coding evaluation but due to a technical glitch faced by a few students, it was decided that the coding evaluation would not be considered for shortlisting. My friends told me to “make my peace with it” or just chalk it down to “bad luck”. But how could I? It felt wrong to have done everything right and still fail. I couldn’t bring myself to give up, not yet. To give it a last shot, I walked up to my placement officer urging her to let me interview. “I just need 5 mins, can they spare 5 mins to talk to me?”, I told her. A conversation with HR and 5 interview rounds later, I had an offer. Here’s what I learnt from these two crucial incidents – there are no failures. Some failures are just harder to deal with than others. I honestly believe that every failure and chaotic situation presents an opportunity. When you fail, your perception becomes your reality. If one can train their perception well, they can identify opportunities to succeed and learn where there seem to be none. Here I am, 10 years later, listening to my intuition again - believing in the idea and the team, excited to change the way people work.

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Dario Gavranović

Intern

"Challenges to opportunities"

When I was a teen my family moved a lot and I had changed my school and living environment a couple of times with which I was very unhappy at the time. Leaving so suddenly I had to say goodbye to my close friends and schoolmates and move to a new location where I had to meet new people and make new friends over again. Throughout those life experiences, I have gotten comfortable with challenging the status quo and not being afraid of the future and what it holds but rather seeing it as a challenge and a new beginning for all the great opportunities to come.

While meeting new people and experiencing new things I’ve tried to grow and learn in as many aspects of life as I can. I learned to nurture and greatly value the genuine connections I’ve made over time.

DevRev is on a mission to help customers and developers better connect and communicate with each other and this effort of making communication easier and more direct attracted me here to help and innovate how people connect with each other.

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Jeevan Surendran

Intern

"Don't just meet expectations. Exceed Them!"

Long ago, when I was just a high school kid. I had a teacher who would tell us many adventures stories that she had been with her husband. One story that I cannot forget was about risking skydiving. She spoke about facing fears, learning to be strong, and living on the edge, but honestly, none of that surprised me.

But a student suddenly interrupted my teacher and asked how they had so much time to take up all these adventures. I was quite surprised too, but something she mentioned almost changed my life. I know this might not sound like a great deal, but she said, "Mind you, A person who says they don't have time in life has already failed.", But for some reason, this always stuck with me.

Whenever I felt to quit something, I always told myself I could push myself a little more. Whenever I had a feeling that I should not be trying something risky, I always promised myself to take the risk. This kind-of mentality eventually set up my belief system, which turned out to be my profound core memory (Like from the movie Inside-Out).

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Shivam Budhia

Engineering

“You don't lose when you fall, you lose when you stop getting up”

From the very beginning, one thing that has enticed me eminently is the life cycle of a product, the journey of an idea to prototype to bringing it to life that will be solving real-life problems. Being a person who is immensely inspired by movies and anime, there is a very famous dialogue "There is no shortcut to becoming a Hokage". The same is very true when it comes to product development. There are no shortcuts to building a great product and this is what fuels me to wake up every day and do my work. It is the desire to know the process behind the product-creation culture as in how people from different social-economic backgrounds come together to solve a problem and in the process, they create something so astounding that will reach out to millions and millions of people thus making the world a bit better than before. Software Engineering is one of the professions that have an exceptional impact in bringing the above dream true. As Shakespeare has said, "Time travels at different speeds for different people", for me it gallops when I am working on a problem or developing a feature. From discussing potential ideas to participating in multiple hackathons to developing an entire social media of my own, and still, I haven't even scratched the surface. It is this field that made it possible to build a Billion Dollar company sitting in your college dorm room which is helping people in ways that no one could imagine. So if someone asks me, "Why Software Engineering?". There is only one answer that comes to me, "I was too lazy to get out of my comfy chair but too ambitious to give something back to the society. So, here am I starting a new chapter of my life which probably will be written in Javascript, Java, and who knows how many languages. Always ready for some production bugs and hope to keep releasing new and better versions in the future.

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Mahesh Medam

Engineering

"Recognizing the Builder in me...."

Everybody has a subconscious longing for leading a happy life where you are at peace with yourself. As this feeling materializes into a conscious desire, the urge to find oneself happens. Something similar hit me in 2013 as I started my studies in Hyderabad, and I needed to find my zen. I started trying different things to see what resonated with me. My alma mater IIT Kharagpur provided me with a lot more avenues to discover myself. I liked building things, and the fact that one can develop entire ecosystems with Software fascinated me. I tinkered around with pet projects, attended hackathons, and realized my love and knack for it. Looking back, I feel everything is connected. My love for engaging the left side of the brain led me to prepare for IIT. And my love for building things led me to a career in Software Engineering. I stumbled across DevRev at the right time as I was looking to join an early-stage SaaS company where I could create an impact. My decision to join was a no-brainer as I could feel that being a part of such a driven team would only push me beyond my limits.

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Patrice Robinson

Strategic Ops

"My life with technology"

Born and raised in San Jose, CA. I've always had a love for Technology. My grandfather, a computer software engineer would often bring over the latest software, game, or gadget. I'll never forget the day he brought over our first computer. It wasn't the best looking one but at my age, I was excited to be able to explore something new. I would spend a great number of hours exploring each program and how it worked. Over-time as technology progressed, my interest for it grew. Technology plays a huge role in my life today in everything I do. From using Notion and Trello to manage my projects to using productivity apps to strategically organize my day.

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Ashutosh Bhadauriya

Growth Team

"Growth through experience"

Yay!! I’m a DevReveler. My parents have always told me that if you give your best every day, be consistent and patient, you can achieve anything in life. I am from Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, have done my schooling from here as well. All my childhood I have been a very introverted guy but this never stopped me from thinking big. Also being an introvert has its own benefit. I feel that I became more observant. It was in 2018 when I started pursuing undergrad, my perspectives about me changed. Met new people with different backgrounds, different perspectives. It was during this time I gained a lot of new skills. I also started loving meeting new people, talking to them, getting to know them, their journey, their stories.

Also during this time I also got into the programming world. Initially, it was very overwhelming and daunting as well. I kept jumping from one programming language to another and finally found what I really love to do, started with Web Development and haven't stopped till now and I never will.

After learning Web Dev I felt there is no use in keeping what I have learned, to myself. So, started sharing Dev-related content creating content on Instagram. Soon it turned out to be a community of more than 80K developers. The best outcome of this was I was able to learn some skills that I never thought I would have learned elsewhere. I also got to meet new amazing and talented developers from all over the world, talk to them, know their journeys, exchanging ideas with each other was the best part of it.

In all my previous internships and jobs I have mainly worked as a Software Developer, but after creating CodingKites, I also wanted to use those extra skills that I gained. As soon as I found an opportunity at DevRev, it felt like this is what I have always wanted to do and is like a dream opportunity for me. I will be building again something from scratch and working on the intersection of all my previous experiences and learnings. Looking forward to learning and working together with DevRevelers.

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Amit Gosavi

Engineering

"Take Risks in Your Life If you Win, U Can Lead! If You Lose, You Can Guide!"

I started with a very humble background. My father came to the city from the village. He studied and worked hard and established himself as a good banker and great man to support his family. I grew up looking at him and was astonished with his abilities to do a variety of things irrespective of his background. For me it is a life lesson, that life is about a continuous learning process and experience is the best teacher. My mother also has a significant role in my growth. She always supported me in whatever endeavor I wanted to pursue. Support is something very important, especially when things are unpredictable and you are taking risks.

Doing my masters was a great learning experience. That enriched me not only in terms of academic growth but it improved my personality overall. It taught me about struggles, determination, perseverance and persistence to achieve success.

When things are going smooth there are times when you are shaken up. At that point you have two choices. Either get shattered and be miserable or bounce back and come out stronger. I had few such occasions in my life. I chose to bounce back and come out stronger. Another lesson that I learned from all this is that "You can't calm the storm, so stop trying. What you can do is calm yourself. The storm will pass.". This does happen.

Moving back to India from the US was not an easy decision to make. But my belief is if you are good at something, place does not matter. You will always find a path for success. I truly believe in this.

Finally, I believe in this simple philosophy. Surround yourself with smart and humble people and in return you will grow yourself exponentially. Joining DevRev is one such decision to surround myself with smart and humble people and I am sure in return I will grow exponentially. The sky's the limit.

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Luka Košenina

Engineering

"Working as a team"

One Saturday afternoon, when I was 6 years old, we went to the hockey hall to watch a game. Ice hockey impressed me and made me want to step on the ice. I started playing hockey the following week when my parents bought me my first gear. I played hockey throughout elementary school. In high school, I finished playing hockey and started playing floorball. I still play floorball, now only recreationally, once a week.

Participating in team sports has shaped my personality and taught me many lessons that are also important in everyday life. I learned to trust, help, motivate, work together, set goals, find strategies, and manage stress. A team that works in the spirit of “all for one, one for all” can overcome many obstacles and win a lot of victories. If we train hard, trust, and help each other, nothing is impossible. Above all, I learned through sports that falling is part of life and that we are even stronger and more determined to win the goal after every fall.

When I was given the opportunity to join the DevRev team, I grabbed it with both hands. DevRev works as one big synchronous team, where all the players work hard, motivate, and teach each other, are determined, and are committed to the same goal. I am optimistic because teams with such a spirit and mentality achieve great victories.

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Adit Shah

Engineering

Always up for a new challenge

Ever since childhood, I have been curious, curious to know, curious to learn. Learning something new drives me to focus on myself better, to hone my skills. From spending time at the library, reading comics as a kid to learning Indian Classical music and also trying my hands at dramatics, cricket and table-tennis, I have tried to cultivate my interest in different areas. They have helped me gain knowledge not only about the said activity but also pushed me, drove me to keep trying, striving to achieve, staying hungry for more and more. Even at school, I loved getting into important aspects or practical details of a subject or situation. That's when my love for Science and Mathematics began. I loved taking up new experiments, building models to understand and demonstrate how and why of the concepts I came across. Highlight of my school days would be in 7th grade, when my project got selected at the National-level Science Fair and I had the honour of meeting the then Chief Minister of Gujarat Mr. Narendra Modi. Data Structures and Algorithms captivated my mind when I joined college for my bachelor's degree in Engineering at DA-IICT. It led me to Competitive Programming, understanding key concepts of time and memory, which helped me build the foundation for my passion of building software. The passion to code eventually landed me an internship in my second year, followed by a full-time job offer before the placement cycle at college. For someone at 19 years of age, this was nothing short of a milestone. Outside of work, I enjoy playing chess, spending time reading or strumming my guitar and follow Cricket and Formula One, from where my motto drive to survive comes from. The thrill, the sheer hard work and commitment of not just the driver but also the pit crew to lead the team to the finish line and not just maintaining the performance but to improve every time ! The drive in my life being open to new opportunities, the urge to keep trying, give my best to excel at it. My hobbies have become my passion over time and they motivate me as much as my love for building software that generates value for the organisation and end-users - that also holds a great meaning for me ! My drive for the next one, another day, another challenge !

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Emily Dworkin

Product

"Do sh*t you’re bad at"

I think like many people I felt I had something to prove, particularly as a woman in engineering. Entering university as a computer science student after being initially waitlisted, I felt I couldn’t ask for help or they’d know I didn’t belong. In my 3rd year I had to make the tough decision to change my major to something I could finish in three semesters or I wouldn’t graduate on time. It was the first time I could remember that I had truly failed at something.

After graduation, I took up running. I’m not a natural endurance athlete and I was, objectively, very bad at running. My first 5K took me nearly 50 minutes to finish. I was pretty close to what runners refer to as ‘DFL’ (Dead F*ing Last). But, I threw myself into the sport, spent hours reading about running speaking to other runners and of course running.

The next year I ran my first 50K (31 miles or, about 4.8 miles longer than a marathon). The funny thing about ultra running is that no one really cares what your time is. The fact that you finished something longer than a marathon is impressive enough.

This taught me to run my own race and that it isn’t failure unless you DNS (Did Not Start). Even if you DNF (Did Not Finish), there’s another race next weekend. There’s a reason a DNS has a greater negative impact on your overall ranking in the sport than a DNF. Given a reasonable amount of time I can finish anything. Even if I’m initially, objectively, very bad at it.

Sure, it’s nice to get a medal, or be on a 30 under 30 list. But only doing what you’re good at can rob you of the opportunity for growth. Improving on sh*t I’m bad at, is 1000x more satisfying than continuing to do the same things I’m already good at.

If I can run 8+ hours through the woods with nothing to occupy me but my own thoughts and the occasional pickle juice and Vegemite sandwich, there isn’t a lot I can’t do. To that point, after nearly failing out of undergrad while attempting to get a computer science

degree, I took a year to reevaluate, went to community college where I built back my academic self confidence, and am now pursuing an MS in business analytics with a concentration in data science. A degree which requires a significant amount of coding. I wouldn’t say it comes easily to me but taking on new challenges in areas you may not be naturally talented in forces you to acquire a deeper understanding of the subject. Do sh*t you’re bad at, you won’t regret it.

Bonus points if you do it dressed as a koala.

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Meenakshi Sharma

Engineering

'Learning has no age'

I strongly believe that learning has no age. As human beings we learn something everyday consciously or subconsciously; we are absorbing tons of data. We might as well pick something worthwhile, something that adds value to our lives. I was born in Mussoorie and spent most of my time close to nature. My mom worked really hard to provide for us. I am extremely grateful for my mom to teach us conviction, diligence, integrity and importance of growth right from the beginning. Being the eldest I took care of my siblings; which helped me understand the concept of responsibility and empathy at an early age. I loved going to school. It was at this beautiful location with a lots of oak trees and just the calm that I found when we snuck out to go to a lawn in the middle of the jungle down the hill during lunch hours was surreal. Even today I enjoy mountains more than anything. Growing up in a dysfunctional family dynamics, human behaviour always intrigued me. I would spend hours pondering on social concepts, cultures, religions, biases and why we do what we do, etc.!? Although, I don't have all the answers today but I do take time to learn about what, why and how of life. Engineering happened by chance and in that duration I explored a whole new world of possibilities and how I was one step closer to problem solving for the real world. While, I was pursuing my masters I began to become more interested towards the user experience part of the process along with technical aspects; which made the front-end job very exciting. It allowed me to be part of something where I could contribute organically and at the same time helped me dwell into the user experience part as well. Apart from this, I love watching web series'/documentaries/movies/videos etc. I consume a fair amount of content on astrophysics; it helps me grab a hold on reality. It shows how much is out there yet to be explored; how fragile life really is and yet here we are trying to make most of it. I try to learn ways to be more self-aware as nothing/no-one holds the power to bring changes in yourself but you and the road starts from being self aware. I try to pick up new hobbies every now and then to test my limits. I hope to continue doing so as I grow older.