ShipMate Spotlight: Meet Vijay

by | Jan 8, 2019

4 min read


VeriShip’s workplace culture, in the words of software engineer Vijay Dugini, fosters continuous learning, problem solving, and a supportive community. Our ShipMates are to credit for creating and maintaining this culture and making VeriShip such a fun place to work.

Get to know the people behind the magic and their contributing roles through our ShipMate Spotlight Interview series. Check out the previous ShipMate Spotlights, here.

  1. When did you start at VeriShip?
    • July 5th 2017
  1. What has been your favorite project at VeriShip?
    • My fave project, that’s a tough question, because I’ve worked on many projects since I started at VeriShip. I think I have two – my first favorite was when I joined our company and participated in creating our whole Audit system using new tech stack; I learned a lot! My second favorite is the current project I’m working on, using the latest tech stack to make sure we have consistency in the data across all our databases.
  1. What’s your secret talent that no one knows about?
    • To be frank, I’m kind of open book and I’m very bad at hiding things about me. One thing people might not know is, I enjoy speed and driving cars fast, but don’t worry I am safe. When I realize it, it’s too fast, I slow down. That is how I got a couple of speeding tickets 😉
  1. Who would you most like to swap places with for a day?
    • There are many people I would love to swap places with. If it is in our office, then our CEO or CTO. Trust me, they are the coolest people. Holding these positions is a very tough task and they do it effortlessly. If it is outside office, then I’ll swap with the officer who gave me a ticket, track him with radar to see check his speeding, and give him a ticket with double points.
  1. What have you gained from working at VeriShip?
    • A lot. Several things come to mind but, one thing that sticks out is the world of technology as a whole. I can proudly say I’m a strong developer that’s ready to face the world with any problem. I may not get the answer right away, but after hard work and critical thinking I’ll get it. I’ve gone through experiences that expand my problem solving skillset.
  1. What’s the best vacation you’ve been on?
    • My all-time best vacation is visiting my parents, Dugini Anand Rao and Dugini Leela Bai back in India. I’ve never been apart from them till I came to the United States. I didn’t know how it would feel when someone leaves their family and goes apart. Every time I get the opportunity I love to visit my family, spend time together, talk, eat together, watch movies, travel together, and then wait for the next visit to my home country.Software engineer at VeriShip
  1. What aspects of your role at VeriShip do you enjoy the most?
    • There are couple of points:
      • Continuous learning and helping my fellow mates solve problems
      • Playing Pokemon with my friends
      • I come to work every day hoping I get to learn something new and I’m never disappointed
      • Every day is exciting because we have something new on our plate to work on
  1. What is your favorite family tradition?
    • We have a few family traditions. If anyone visit’s us, my mom never lets them leave without having meal at home. We’re a very big joint family with more than 50 people living together. We enjoy each and every festival by cooking and having meals together. We celebrate every occasion and festival irrespective of anything. We’re always united and our friends also like to be part of the family which makes very happy
  1. Where is your hometown?
    • I’m from India and to be more specific I’m from Hyderabad, a city which never sleeps. It resides in South part of India in the state named Telangana.
  1. What did you want to be when growing up?
    • I always dreamed of becoming an IAS (Indian Administrative Service) officer, but my goals and ambitions changed and I wanted to become a Software Engineer and here I am.
  1. What three hashtags would you use to describe our culture?
    • #BestPlaceToWork
    • #MostHappeningPlaceInTown
    • #AlwaysFilledWithJoySmilesandHappiness
  1. Do you have an office nickname? If you do, how did it come about?
    • I’ve been called VJ and I like that because it’s very easy and catchy to say.
  1. What is your favorite meal?
    • Hyderabadi Biryani – Indian Food made of Indian spices, Chicken, and Rice.
  1. If you could share a meal with any 4 individuals, living or dead, who would they be?
    • A.P.J Abdul Kalam – Former President of India
    • Dugini Bashaiah – My GrandFather
    • Abraham Lincoln – Former U.S. President
    • Narendra Modi – Current Prime Minister of India
  1. If you could have a super power, what would it be?
    • A super power that allows me to read the human brain, so I can see who’s in trouble and help them sort it out. It would be great to be Iron Man, a billionaire industrialist and genius inventor.

Interested in working with Vijay and our other awesome Shipmates? Check out VeriShip’s job openings on our careers page.