Ashwin Nair

Know Your Colleague – Ashwin Nair

In Near’s Know Your Colleague series, you will get to know the members of Team Near who play a key role in driving Near’s mission, values and day-to-day operations. This is a monthly series, and we shall have one employee cover every month. This month we asked a few questions to Ashwin Nair, our Senior Engineer of Data Integrations who is based out of our Bangalore office and has been with Near for over two years. Here’s what he had to say:


Ashwin Nair

Ashwin, tell us what made you chose Near and how has your journey been so far?

Joined as an intern in July 2014, I was fortunate to get hands on with some very interesting projects with direct business impact working with some really smart engineering minds.

This being my first job, the experience so far has been great. Thirty months into the job, it’s been a very rewarding experience being mentored by some of the finest in the industry, while working on developing path breaking solutions.

What are your key responsibilities in your current role?

I drive the engineering part of Near Places - Near’s Geo data repository of millions of real world locations and all services built on top of this data.

As part of the Platforms Engineering team, I also support the fault free upkeep of our RTB stack and support variety of incoming and outgoing data integrations with external partners.

Tell us one interesting thing that you love about your work?

It’s been a never ending supply of fun things to learn.

What do you like to do outside of work?

I spend my free time watching TV Shows and documentaries. If not, then I am mostly hooked up to “THE XBOX”.

Also, recently have picked up a habit of FaceTime-ing with my four month old nephew daily.

A gadget you would love to own?

The “Nintendo Switch” without a doubt.

Lastly, any interesting experience or thing about you that you’d like to share that most of us don’t know?

I am a movie buff. Have watched 88 of IMDB’s Top 100 greatest movies of all time.