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Meet Adib Alwani: The Fast Interview

Adib Alwani, senior software engineer at Fast


Adib Alwani

Role: Senior software engineer, Backend

Team: Partner Integrations (PINT)

What do you do at Fast? 

I help build the underlying technology which enables sellers of all sizes to integrate with Fast. We serve both direct sellers and sellers utilizing our partner platforms.

Describe your typical day at Fast.

I start with morning stand-ups; then, troubleshooting and checking dashboards for any unusual service health. I'll code review peers’ pull requests. When we’re designing, I’ll write and iterate. Otherwise, code, collaborate, review. I often go on a quick mid-afternoon walk by the boardwalk.

Where were you before Fast?

Microsoft for about three years. Before that, VMWare.

Where did you grow up, and what were you like as a kid?

Godhra, in Gujarat, India. My family prioritized education, so I was pushed toward excellence. I was really into airplanes (I wanted to be an airline pilot). I was extroverted and bold.

What are Fast engineers doing that catches your eye?

Our approach to – and depth of – collaboration, the breadth of knowledge. Watching my colleagues build from scratch, and the way they strive to get the best out of their work, while striking the balance between what needs to be done vs. what can be done in the future is inspiring. Everyone understands and has ownership of their priorities.

Proudest moment as an engineer?

I launched a feature for a product allowing users to access premium features based on a new licensing strategy. And I did it in a very short time frame.

Why did you say yes to Fast?

Harshneel (More, Application Security Engineer at Fast), my friend since our internship days, introduced me to Fast. I wasn’t familiar with Fast at the time, so I interviewed with other engineers and got to know the culture. Once I saw how fast-paced we were in terms of building and launching the prototype, and how fast the company was moving in general with the problem they were solving, I knew it would be a good fit for me.

What was your first job?

An internship at Blackberry in 2015; I developed Blackberry Hub.

What led you to engineering?

I’m a problem-solver. And my first computer fascinated me with the things it could do.

I started with computer science when I got to college. I eventually gained interest in engineering, then worked on many amazing projects during college.

What food or drink is always at your desk?

Sparkling water with some fruit drops, thanks to my SodaStream machine.

What’s something you’ve found at Fast that really stands out?

We all have collective experience in so many areas, so when it combines we create really good ideas, solutions, and approaches. Also, the way we give each other feedback and review each other's work is satisfying.

One thing about you that is forever true?

I have a strong connection with my immediate family. No matter where we live my interaction with them is always seamless and satisfying.

What's something you regularly do, but you know you shouldn't?

I stay up too late at night. I’ve always been a night owl, but I’m finding you can achieve more with a morning schedule. 

Advice for other engineers wondering what to do next?

It’s normal for what you like or prioritize to change as you get older. Focus on doing what you like because it works for you, not because of money, family pressure, or insecurity when you see what you think other people are accomplishing.

Your non-negotiables for life?

Stay honest.

Where can we follow you?

LinkedIn