Jatin Ramanathan

Software Engineer, Google
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What do you do for work? Give us a few reasons why you love it.
I’m a Software Engineer at Google. I love it because I’m good at it, I’m on a great team and the company culture is great.
Your current company aside, name two other companies that you admire and explain why.
To be honest, I just gave this some thought and the two companies I came up with are Tesla and Apple. Guess I’m a fan of good design.
In your opinion, what is wrong with the corporate world and how would you fix it?
I think unconscious bias is a really hurting the corporate world, especially the software business. There is no easy way to fix this. Spreading the word and educating folks about it is a good first step.
What are the most important lessons you’ve learned in your life?
Always keep learning new things and stay positive.
How do you measure success at work? In life?
There are short term successes and long term successes. Short term successes are very data driven – launching a well received feature in your product or a great tasting meal I cooked and enjoyed with my family. Long term successes are harder to measure. I think it’s more important to ensure you will be at peace with what you achieve long term. Have a moral code and never do anything that breaks the code. Direction and momentum are more important than the place you are in right now or even the destination you have in mind.
How do you want the world to be different because you lived in it?
Wow, at the world level! I hope I do not have any impact – i.e. leave this world like I found it, for future generations to enjoy it as I have.
What is your best or worst moment of this week
Best moment last week was making banana chocolate chip pancakes without having to lookup a recipe. I’m horrible at practical, everyday cooking and have been trying to get better at it for a few weeks now. This was a pretty good feeling.