Role: Application Security Engineer
Talk about your background leading up to Fast.
I moved to Singapore for my undergraduate studies at the Singapore Institute of Management. After graduating, I worked on developing stock trading platforms for local banks. I always envisioned coming to the United States to pursue my master's degree. I got into Johns Hopkins University, where I studied security informatics. That summer, I was able to secure an internship at VMware, and following my graduation worked there for two and a half years before deciding to move to the startup world, starting at Tradeshift and recently moving to Fast.
I had spent time working at a large startup where most of the processes were already in place and wanted to move to an early-stage startup to help build security from the ground up. When I came to the interview, Domm (Holland, Fast Co-Founder and CEO) told me what he wanted to build with Fast, how it would scale, and how Fast was going to be the next big identity platform for the entire internet. I liked the concept and was onboard to join the journey.
Where did you grow up, and what were you like as a child?
Growing up, my dad used to travel a lot for work and would need to relocate every three to four years to a new state. In India, every state has a different language, and learning a new language every four years was not possible. My parents were like, "It's good that you go to a boarding school, as you will have friends that grow up with you instead of you having to make all new friends every three to four years." It was really fun. I used to get into trouble here and there, but overall, it helped shape the way I am as a person.
What were some of your hobbies growing up?
Going to boarding school, you had to play all sports. You had to learn soccer, basketball, cricket, boxing. I learned to be a team player. Being in sports gave me those qualities.
What other career path did you almost take?
There was robotics, but I wasn't really good at physics, so I could not get into robotics. So then the next one was computers. Just doing basic computer engineering wasn't my thing, so my aunt was like, “Hey, why don't you try security? It's the cool thing.” Hence I specialized in application security.
What public figure do you admire most and why?
I really admire Barack Obama. Even after he's done being president, he plays such a big, engaging role in day-to-day activities. It's really admirable. Looking forward to reading his new book, “A Promised Land”.
What app on your phone do you use the most?
For a long time, it was Instagram, but now I started to move towards Robinhood (the stock trading platform).
What food do you uncontrollably eat?
I like chips a lot. That's my go-to. I should be going for healthier snacks, but I just go for chips.
Who’s your favorite TV or film character?
It's always been James Bond. The first Bond movie I saw was featuring Pierce Brosnan. He was my favorite Bond, but when I saw Sean Connery, everything changed. He had the cool gadgets, cool stuff. And that's how security is. You have to be stealthy to protect.
What was the last show you binge-watched?
“Money Heist” (Spanish: "La casa de papel"). It’s on Netflix. Another one is from India. It’s on Amazon. It’s called “Mirzapur.” It’s an Indian mafia show.
What personal goal would you like to achieve in the next five years?
Doing an Ironman race. I'm a good runner. I run a marathon every year. Cycling is doable. I know I can do it, but swimming is the hard part. You have to swim first, then you have to cycle, and then you have to run, doing it all in that order. But my goal is by 2023 I should do it.