Know Your Colleague – Sanal Dev
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 Sanal Dev, Senior Product Engineer who is based out of our Bangalore office. Here’s what he had to say:
Sanal, tell us about yourself:
I was born and brought up in Thrissur, Kerala. I am married and have a 4-year-old daughter. After completing my Masters in Computer Applications from Calicut University, I moved to Bangalore in 2006. Prior to Near, I worked for Netkode Solutions Pvt Ltd.
Give us a brief on your role here:
I joined Near as a member of Technical staff. My job here involves providing technical solutions to the ad requirements for the Creative team and supporting the Platform Solutions team. I have recently started to work on Allspark UI.
I have switched lot of hats here, met great tech guys, worked on lots of programming languages including Java, ASP.NET, PHP, Ruby I can say that joining Near was the best decision of my life.
What can we find you doing outside of work?
I like to spend more time with family, so mostly I’ll be with them on all weekends.
I love listening to music, all genres. I am a fan of Kishore Kumar, Yesudas, Hariharan, Freddie Mercury, John Denver … yeah, mix of people. I’d bought a guitar couple of years back. I could find time to go to classes, so managed to learn few chords from YouTube videos.
I love swimming, been doing that since childhood. I learned swimming from a pond nearby my house. Will look forward to challenge someone in swimming on our next trip.
Describe something you own which is very important to you:
Any life mantra you live by or strongly follow?
DON'T COMPARE YOURSELF TO OTHERS.
YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THEIR JOURNEY IS ALL ABOUT.