Team Conviva Spotlight: What it Takes to be a Principal Engineer

November 16, 2021

In our ongoing blog series spotlighting the variety of people and roles at Conviva, Rajiv Gupta shares his favorite parts about being a principal software engineer, why he chose Conviva, and more.

What brought you to Conviva?  
I realized that video streaming is the next era of TV and we are moving towards it very fast. Conviva is the market leader in video streaming analytics. Moreover, Conviva wanted to unify their product offerings and move to the latest tech stack, which is what really attracted me.

Walk us through your typical day. 

It depends on the day. Some days when everything is all defined, I spend full day coding. Other days when we are understanding and refining requirements, I work closely with product managers and the UX team to understand the problem and come up with solutions that will provide the best possible user experience. Many times, I am focused on how we can make our application better and more performant.

What is the favorite part of your job? 

Understanding our users, their day-to-day problems, and how we can make their lives better. The other part is working together with product managers, UX, and my colleagues to come up with optimal, world-class solutions in terms of architecture and application design.

What do you look for when you hire for your team? 

I look for people who have a creative problem-solving mind, as well as the right technical skill for the job. I also look for people who can work best in team environment and care for customers.

How do you unwind after work? 

I like to spend time with my son and my dog and go for leisurely walks with family.

What was the best advice you ever received in life or in your career?

Every skill you learned at some point will come back and will exponentially help you at some time in your life. The only point is you do not know when. So, keep learning about whatever interests you. It just works like compound interest.

How would you describe Conviva?

Conviva is market leader in providing streaming analytics; the people here are the best in terms of skills, knowledge, and working in a team mode. The culture here is very cool, and I love working here.

What do you look forward to at work?

Working together with the exceptional people at Conviva to solve all streaming and advertising industry ecosystem lifecycle problems. The amount of data we deal with really fascinates me.

If you’d like to join Rajiv in making a difference in the world of streaming, visit our careers page to find your next great opportunity.