Tech Talks: Ameet Doshi

In this week’s ‘Tech Talk’, we chatted with Vice-President of Engineering, Ameet Doshi. Join us as we discover his approach to building globaledit, love of start-ups, and brief stint as a NYC bar owner.

with-tommyWhat is your role at globaledit?

As the Vice-President of Engineering, I’m responsible for overseeing the progression of globaledit. Contrary to the title, I don’t do much programming anymore, but rather, I guide the product and development teams on the ever-lasting quest to improve our platform. We brainstorm, test, and implement ground-breaking features or the littlest of UI changes to create a better product. It’s a complex process that requires us to be mindful of security, our client’s needs, the market, and our goal to stay above our competition. In a nutshell, I bring together the vision of globaledit and its execution to bring a concrete, working platform that’s always evolving.

What’s your approach to building and improving globaledit?

When creating a product like globaledit, a solid grasp of analytics is absolutely key. We choose to align our vision with internal data because it reveals important insight into our user base. For example, we may think our clients want XYZ, but data collected may show they want an upgrade of an already existing feature. In the end, it’s all about harmonizing your endeavors with analytics—striking a good balance between direction and data.

What is the most challenging aspect of your position?

When you’re evolving the overall product, the challenges change and shift according to your daily focus. In a sense, it’s fun because it breaks up the monotony and constantly keeps things moving forward. It’s also productive because we like to carve out time to reimagine our platform from different focal points, eventually combining each iteration into a new feature or upcoming concept.

But as far as an actual challenge? It’s always time! There’s never enough hours in the day.

ameetDid you always know that you wanted to work in the tech industry?

Nope! I actually started off with biomedical engineering to reconcile my love of math and my dad’s desire for his children to become doctors. At first, I loved it—I met wonderful professors, was genuinely interested, and even secured a job after graduating. It was a research and development position that had me in charge of my own project: take raw collagen, purify it, strengthen it, and make a natural ACL replacement. From just a raw concept, I designed about a thousand prototypes before eventually submitting the idea for studies and testing. At that point, though, I was 22—very young and restless—and I couldn’t wait around for 2 years for the findings to be released.

I resigned and started looking into technology. (My idea eventually got patented!)

How was the transition?

It was actually nothing too new to me. At school, I took core classes in programming and around the dot-com bubble, all the companies were hiring like crazy. With a biomedical engineering degree, it was a bit difficult to convince interviewers at first, but once I got my first position—they never regretted it. I held the most amount of raises and promotions in my company and even the longest awake session in development (42 hours straight)! From there, I went into digital marketing, the product world, rebuilt a webmail platform, and even started my own consulting firm.

What is it about the “startup culture” or process that you enjoy?

A lot of the companies that I joined, like 360i, were reasonably small but definitely growing by leaps and bounds. And it’s something about the passion and heart that go into a budding business, that’s absolutely inspiring. In companies similar to Google and Facebook, there’s a lot of slow, methodical action. You never really get to test your wings at fast-paced speeds. At globaledit, we have a team that’s nimble and ready to make a big splash. There might be growing pains here and there, but it helps a lot with making the day-to-day grind more dynamic and lively.

family How do you maintain a healthy work-life balance?

As a consultant for start-up companies, some of my work-life balance actually begins in work! Having had two great mentors in life, I see my legacy as not ‘what I did’ but ‘how I helped others grow’. I love mentoring when I can, and I make it a point in my life to encourage and push others to realize their potential. In the end, it’s all about creating a family with the people you work with and fostering a healthy environment with plenty of room to grow.

As far as outside of work, I’ve got my wife and two daughters who I never want to miss out on. I always try to be home before their bedtime and create precious time for them on the weekends. Though my professional career is important, I like to stay rooted with my family. It’s rewarding and the balance keeps me more energized in my daily life.

We hear that you once owned a bar? How did that happen?

During my days as a young programmer in my mid-20s, I decided to do something completely different and buy a bar. I managed people, made connections, and fostered my communication skills—something not easily done in front of a computer and keyboard.

sailingIt was overall an experience that prepared me for consulting and managing a team of thinkers and developers. When you’re directing or working with large groups of different people, you’re also collaborating with their personalities, strengths, and weaknesses. It takes a certain finesse to pull them all together and create something great.