How are you ensuring your employees are happy and will stay with your company? Your employees are the most important piece to your business and as such you must learn what they want in their and career and enable it. In today’s discussion we focus on empathy as the future of business in tech, why it’s important for developers to gain business acumen for greater success in their role, how a new product, YugaHQ, can help companies predict and prepare for employee turnover and much more.
Our guest today, Kiran Kanakadandi, has an Electrical Engineering degree from Sreenidhi Institute of Science and Technology in Hyderabad, India, a MS of Computer Science from Clemson and has published a thesis on Graph Theory. He began his career as a kernel and distributed systems developer at NetApp and has also worked as a Principal Product Manager for Kony Inc. Our guest is a 2 time startup founder, founding Potatop Technologies and is currently serving as the founder/CEO of YugaHQ, an employee retention SaaS. Kiran believes empathy is the best business model. He is the author of a US Patent for the design on how to intelligently up convert and down convert data structures while upgrading versions of distributed hardware systems. He is also multilingual, speaking 4 languages, enjoys listening to deep Indian classical music, American classics like Towns Van Zandt, and is a movie trivia buff.
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Show Notes and useful resources:
- Kiran’s Career paths for developers article
- Kiran’s On Business Awareness for Engineers article
- Kiran’s Three parts of your job article
- Kiran’s Always Be Rehiring article
- Paul Graham - Do things that don’t scale - Essay
- Indian Classical Music: Uyyalalugavayya performed by Dr Mangalampalli Balamuralikrishna and composed by Thyagaraja written in Telugu over 200 years ago
- Indian Classical Music: Bhavayami Gopalabalam performed by Dr M S Subbulakshmi and composed by Annamacharya over 800 years ago in Sanskrit
- Film music with music video: Chaiya Chaiya by A R Rahman from the movie Dil Se
- “I’ll be here in the morning” by Townes Van Zandt - this is Kiran’s favorite version
- Productivity Hack => Chrome plugins - Marvelous Suspender (tab remover) and Tab Manager Plus
- If you are a US company with Indian employees don’t schedule meetings Friday mo
- Robert Geist - Clemson professor
- Dr. Wayne Goddard - Clemson professor
- Paul Erdos - Mathematician
- A tweet for inspirations on the before and after of business ventures
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