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Get to Know Akshatha, our Engineering Whiz

Oct 27, 2022

It’s Star of the Month time again. The time we take to recognize outstanding people at M2P.

This October, we shine the spotlight on the charming and illustrious Akshatha, our Engineering Lead.

Akshatha is an eternal optimist who enjoys pushing limits and resolving challenges. Be it breaking complex puzzles or engineering fintech products. She never misses an opportunity to shine.

We wondered what makes Akshatha shine the way she does. We got into a candid chat with her to get to know her secret to an efficient and productive workday, along with her interests and her wonderful journey as an M2Peer.

Here you go!

How do you usually start your workday?

I start my day on a joyful, positive note. I begin my work by making a to-do list for the day. Then, I organize my work schedule to carry out my responsibilities with greater efficiency.

Finding challenging things to work on is my passion. Solving issues that come my way and helping fellow teammates with their tasks makes my day.

What are your main responsibilities as Engineering Lead?

I lead the Micro Finance product at Finflux. My responsibility lies in understanding client requirements, coordinating product design, and planning product development. Managing the complete product lifecycle from requirement gathering to go-live falls under my purview. I also develop certain product features to be in touch with core technical concepts.

The mantra that helps me add value to whatever I do is “Build the product right and build the right product”.

How have you grown through the years as an M2Peer?

I joined Finflux as an intern almost 3 years back during college campus placements with no experience in the software domain. From there, I started my internship in the final year and after graduation, I continued as a full-time employee.

Even though I started out at Finflux, looking back as an M2Peer, I am proud of myself for how far I have grown.  My responsibilities have helped me mature not just as a tech person but also as a leader. The nurturing nature of the leadership team helped me explore my strength in different fields of the product and not restrict myself to just being a software developer. The technical exposure, challenges, and guidance from my mentors helped me grow in my professional life. I strongly believe that when we put in our hard work & efforts at something, we will surely see the growth intended. I look forward to a long and fruitful journey as an M2Peer.

Is there a quote/saying that motivates you?

Yes, there is one.

Steve Jobs’s quote always inspires me, ‘You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward.’

I connect myself to the saying because everything I work on might not have an immediate impact. But I trust the process and take up every opportunity that comes on my way.

Have you ever played a practical joke in your school/college days?

I have not played any practical jokes during my school/college times.

What’s that one thing your colleagues don’t know about you?

Well, nobody knows that  I was an emcee and writer during my college days. I hosted several events and was an editor of my monthly college magazine. I love anchoring events and I’m very fond of reading and writing articles.

What inspires you the most about your workplace?

It’s the people.

M2P is a space where you can share your thoughts and suggestions in an open-minded way with everyone, right from founders to your peers. There are no barriers to communicating new ideas and this motivates me a lot.

I also get complete freedom to take individual decisions and own them. This ability inspires me to keep improving by analyzing the outcomes of every decision I take.

What’s your idea of a perfect day?

A perfect day for me is executing my tasks as planned and accommodating ad-hoc tasks in the best way possible. If I finish my work on time and get quality time with my friends and family, I would call it a perfect day.

What was your career path before and how it has changed?

I started this amazing journey as an intern to become what I am today. M2P is a place with lots of positive vibes that motivate one to keep improving.  When we are surrounded by positive people and goal-oriented mindsets, accomplishing great things and scaling new heights becomes possible.

My seniors in Finflux were very supportive and always guided me to sharpen my leadership skills. Here I’d like to shower a special mention to Dhiru, because of the way he comes up with innovative solutions for any issue. This inspires me to think in a unique way, make things possible and develop the ‘never to give up’ attitude.

Working on various segments like gold loans, microfinance, and other fintech products gave me a lot of exposure to understanding how every product works. I started to inculcate this knowledge into anything I design based on the target customers. The maturity of understanding how each customer would require the feature or product to work is a big learning I acquired.

Now I step into the 4th year with M2P. It’s amazing!

It’s indeed an incredible step-by-step journey to reach where I am today. I look forward to greater experiences and learning.

What are your hobbies/ interests?

Basically, I am a classical singer and I never miss indulging myself in extracurricular activities. As an Abacus graduate, solving puzzles is my passion.

Though traveling is my hidden interest, I haven’t gotten the opportunity to explore that area. In future, I hope I get to travel a lot more.

Anything else you want to share with your peers?

It has been 3 wonderful years at Finflux. I would like to thank all my peers for this amazing and wonderful opportunity. Special mention to Nayan Ambali who always keeps motivating me to take my own decisions and retrospect on the results.

I believe that with the combined effort and efficient communication between teams we have achieved a lot already and there is so much more to achieve. Since we are always motivated, we are growing tremendously and nothing is out of our reach. I can grab every opportunity out there and make it fruitful for us.

M2P has enabled me to learn, explore and grow in a better way. Looking forward to a lot more learning opportunities from each and everyone in the future.

Keep inspiring, team M2P! 😊

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