Week on week, we’ve made an earnest attempt to bring your remarkable stories of technologists through our Techie Tuesdays column. This week, its time to look back at these remarkable techies and share a few learnings from our interactions with these technologists. Before we get to the techies, here are some insights from the past -
1) Almost all of the techie tuesdays are self taught programmers. Barring a few, none of the techies credited their college with any sort of help in gaining expertise in what they’re recognized for. A good number of our techie tuesdays are college dropouts.
2) Most techie tuesdays had access to computing devices from a very early age. The liberty to play around with a machine at your own time, led them to experimenting and in turn learning about the inner workings of the machine itself.
3) Most of these techies work at startups. Some techies have left large companies like Apple and Microsoft (to name a few) to join startups as their CTO. The ones in the corporates are working on cutting edge work.
4) The work that a techie is most associated with, is sometimes their hobby. There have been quite a few techies who have different day jobs, ranging from managers in jewellery brands to working as authors for publications.
5) Of 18 techie tuesdays we've covered a woman technologist as well; it hasn't been a men only affair.
6) Two of our Techie Tuedays are students. One is working on cloud computing and the other is an entrepreneur.
7) And lastly, and by no means least, they are all awesome.
Here are our techie superstars. Take time to go through their amazing journey to mastery of their respective technologies and their personal stories, some happy, some sad and all inspiring -
Sudar Muthu - A research engineer at Yahoo who makes robots in his free time. Also loves to teach
Lynn Langit - Google’s first cloud expert, who has no degree in programming who took it up to spend more time with her daughter.
Amrit Sanjeev - Apart from spending time with his daughter, this staff engineer at Intuit is an Android guru and the co-organizer of the Bangalore Android User Group.
Isaac John Wesley - Former chief design officer of 500 startups incubated Wallet Kit, he is a picasso on the web. He’s currently at Interview Street.
Satish V J - One of the earliest employee at MindTree, this Go Lang expert has a wonderful story of small beginnings that went international.
Ruchir Falodiya - Brand manager at Tanishq by day, coder of accessibility software by night. This is an inspiring story of being able to see despite being blind.
Dhananjay Sathe - A final year BITS Goa student interning at ETH Zurich, trying to change the world of robotics.
Bhaskar Raju Konduru - redBus’s earliest employees, who’s had a hand in almost every option that you’ve used on redBus.
Hiemanshu Sharma - A college dropout and a master coder. This guy knows the Android stack inside out. Formerly one of the lead developers at Android ROM team, Liquid Smooth.
Mohammad Abdurraafy - Loves design and loves iOS. Another mobility wizard working at one of the worlds premier mobile services companies, MutualMobile.
Giridhar Murthy - Worked at Apple on most of their major products, only to quit it to join Bangalore based Little Eye Labs.
Gaurav Gupta - CTO at Scalarc, Silicon Valley’s export back to India. This is an interesting story of his journey from startup to startup, from Valley and back to India.
Ronak Samantry - Ex-Microsoft, who wants to make every electronic item around him to have artificial intelligence. Currently working on bringing India onto the web with NowFloats.
Vivek Prakash - Final year student at IIT Rourkee and the co-founder of HackerEarth. Read how he went from knowing nothing about computers at the start of his college to co-founding a platform for hackers.
Vaibhav Kaushal - Another college dropout who quickly outgrew Ankit Fadia (he features in this story) to revive the QCubed framework. He’s also an author on many reputed technology publications.
Sathyajith Bhat - He’s great with data and manages it pretty well. Works at the CGI group as a consultant for database management solutions and also the co-organizer of BarCamp Bangalore.
Harshad Sharma - A Python genius who dropped out of college to join popular Indian startup Instamojo.
Shreyas Chandrashekar - A virutalization genius working at Datagres on cutting edge data management solutions. All this and more inside a simple person, who did college the way it should have been done.
Techie Tuesdays will resume as usual from next week. Stay tuned!