Senior Software Engineer at Cards Against Humanity, LLC
JuntoAlumni (KnowledgeHound, J3) 2015
"It’s easy to have an idea. It’s really difficult to have an idea that you can build a business around."
What is one book, blog, or podcast you recommend widely?
East of Eden had a profound effect on me, it really ruined for me what good literature is.
What is your most memorable Junto moment?
When we first met Raman, my co-founder and I were feeling like we were really running a business and this was something that was coming to fruition. It wasn’t just like a possibility or idea, but actually grounded in reality.
How would you describe your areas of expertise based on industry, market, and/or function?
First and foremost, my expertise lies in technology. I have many years of experience in writing code, and building product, apps, and web technology. Some of my real strengths lie in strategy, ideation, innovation, and looking at a particular area of business, seeing what’s going right and wrong, and identifying where things can improve.
What are you working on right now?
Trying to find things that make me feel passionate.
What is your strength when it comes to emotional intelligence?
Being able to identify that what people are good at and where they would fit in. Also being able to empathize and understand other people.
What is your superpower?
My intuition; being able to trust what my gut is telling. I know when something is right or wrong, when someone is a good fit or not, or if something needs to change.
What have you learned about yourself through participating in Junto?
I learned that my mind works differently than a lot of other people.
What are 1-2 leadership virtues you've observed or learned in your career?
First, having trust in your employees, and not wanting to control everything. I think if you’re hiring people you should have faith and trust that they can do the job. Second, I would say tapping into mentors. It was one thing I learned with the Junto process. You can’t do this alone, and nobody knows everything. Being a good leader means that you know there are people to learn from, and being humble enough to recognize that .
Finish the following sentence: "In my experience, ______________."
It’s easy to have an idea. It’s really difficult to have an idea that you can build a business around.
What is something that's not on your LinkedIn profile that you wish was?
A product- or innovation-dedicated role. That’s something that I’ve been trying to work my way into and it hasn't happened yet, shifting focus from technology to product and innovation.