Meet the Team: Vishal Changrani on Getting Hooked on Flow

July 24, 2020

Who are you?

Hello - I am Vishal. I am an engineer for the Flow team. I am originally from Nashik, India - a small little cozy town north of Mumbai. I did my Masters in Computer Science from University of Houston and an MBA from Emory University. Before that, I did my Bachelors in Computer Engineering from University of Pune, India. As part of my career, I have had the opportunity to work in different domains ranging from embedded systems, bio-tech, enterprise applications, video delivery and now blockchain.

What lured you into the world of blockchain?

I think I suffer a bit from the shiny object syndrome when it comes to technology. I witnessed the crypto boom in 2018 and from what I read and understood, I felt that blockchain is really a revolutionary idea not just in terms of technology but also in terms of how it can be an enabler for a better society. I definitely wanted to be a part of the action and that is how I ended up here.

How did you get hooked on Flow?

  1. Flow’s approach of dividing the blockchain implementation into independent and parallelly executed processes really resonated with me as a computer engineer. 
  2. Talking to the team during my interview also gave me a feeling that these are some top notch individuals who know their stuff and also the AxiomZen/Dapper Labs culture is super friendly and encouraging. I could right away see myself fit in well. 
  3. Another thing that got me excited about Flow was the idea of ‘building in open’ and the opportunity to contribute to a world class open source project. Building a community around a product and actively seeking input from the community to make product design decisions is a very refreshing way of building a product which not many organizations do.

What should I read next?

The Fabric of Reality by David Deutsch - I highly recommend it if you want to understand deep scientific concepts but don’t like reading difficult mathematical formulae.

If you have a lot of time on your hands then this - Introduction to Philosophy: Classical and Contemporary Readings by John R. Perry. It is heavy but life changing.

What’s your favorite quote?

Saw this on Pinterest a few days back and loved it!

"Never do the envy, jealousy & insecure stuff. Be the hustler, the well-wisher, the go getter" - anonymous


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