Raghavendran describes the excitement of working at a global tech company focused on empowering local businesses.
What’s your favorite Groupon memory?
Groupon Engineering challenges are some of the most fascinating challenges I’ve experienced in my life. I will always remember September 9, 2016: the day when Groupon’s EMEA software stack migrated from our Swiss data centre to the Dublin data centre. It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to have been involved in such a huge data centre migration. I remember that night when the office was filled with employees buzzing with energy, everyone fully focused on achieving that engineering feat.
What inspires you?
The day-to-day challenges, talking about scaling, and millisecond responses drive me to perform at my best. The magnitude of the engineering services we own always remind me that I am working at the tip of an iceberg and there is so much more to learn and experience. Also, the talks I have with my director, Phani Kumar, inspire me to excel beyond borders.
Your role exists at other companies…so why Groupon? What’s unique about it?
The opportunities to work across tech stacks combined with the fast-paced environment and inclination towards performance and scalable systems: only Groupon can provide such challenges. Groupon provides such unique technical challenges and it’s up to you to mold everything to help your career grow.
What was your first impression of Groupon?
That it was a startup at a global scale!
How does the work you do impact Groupon’s mission of becoming the daily habit in local commerce?
My team owns the connection between customer and local businesses: the actual voucher that a customer buys and redeems at a merchant! So we truly connect both worlds and try our best to make this connection look effortless, simple, and elegant.
What’s your biggest accomplishment so far while working at Groupon?
Getting Groupon onto the Unity platform was a major organisation goal in early 2017. Functionally, things looked simple but later we started facing significant performance issues with countless engineering challenges in terms of scalability and performance. After a major overhaul in architecture and design of the existing systems backed up with countless sleepless nights, I helped Deckard roll out in EMEA. This was a major achievement in my career at Groupon.
What do your parents think about your job at Groupon?
They say: “stop typing and go to sleep.”
If you could do anything else for a day, what would it be and why?
I would love to meet our merchants and listen to them talk about the impact of Groupon on their business. It would be great to talk to them and understand the issues in reality.
Tell us something about you that would surprise us.
I would love to play soccer as much as I code.