CTzen Stories: Rishabh Arora – My Journey Into Technology 

CTzen Stories: Rishabh Arora – My Journey Into Technology 

Everyone has a story waiting to be heard. We’re highlighting some of the amazing stories from within CleverTap — from our very own CTzens — because we believe in the amazing people we work with every day and want to share the exciting work culture that we’ve built together. Presenting: the CTzens of CleverTap.  

Rishabh Arora: In His Own Words

I began using a computer at the age of three. When other kids were playing outside, I happily ventured into the world of computers and problem-solving. 

As a child, during those times, it was tough convincing my parents to get me an internet connection as it wasn’t easily available. Despite not having much exposure to computers and technology, I loved computers. When I saw my father, an engineer, sending official emails, the technology intrigued me and I often used to play around on his computer. Always a curious child, I was encouraged by my mother, a teacher, to explore my interest in technology.

I was the computer wizard at my school as well. I used to repair and assemble computers while in 4th grade (I was eight years old) and began developing my own computer games — a basic version of minesweeper, a 2-D tic tac toe, and a simple racing game. I enjoyed going to technical competitions organized by engineering colleges and making videos. 

Early Games With Technology

I loved solving problems in this world where every riddle was a game. And I loved coming up with solutions and the learning that came from my efforts. I officially began programming in college. I didn’t get my choice of major, but I didn’t give up on what I enjoyed doing. Though I did a dual degree of Masters in Chemistry and Bachelors of Engineering in Chemical but I was determined to become a programmer. 

Every day, I spent around 16-18 hours in front of my Computer. When I wasn’t on my Computer, I was constantly reading, updating my knowledge, and learning new programming languages. I am driven by curiosity and the desire to keep learning. The world of technology is huge and there’s so much to learn. I drove my sister’s interest in technology as well and today we share a wonderful bond through it.

The Journey Led to CleverTap

At CleverTap, although my profile was that of a front-end engineer, I was interviewed for a backend engineer role. I was given a brilliant project called “SuperTest Plugin” which was Java-related and is still used in Infrastructure. (link for reference) I was very new to backend — I had all the skills of a frontend engineer but I had to start learning Java from scratch. 

The transition was a bit scary. I was nervous and a slow but steady learner. Fortunately, my teammates were super helpful. They gave me the right inputs, as well as projects, all helping me learn better. 

Building software from scratch was an amazing learning experience. It gave me great exposure. No matter what the problem, I believe in navigating through the problem, breaking it down, and coming up with solutions. I also published a tech blog during my internship at CleverTap, which you can read here.

Future Plans

As a part of the Labs team at CleverTap, I primarily work on features that tend to optimize and lower the operating cost and increase profits at CleverTap, thereby taking CT closer to the billion-dollar valuation!

I am grateful to CleverTap for giving me exposure to another aspect of technology that I am growing to love more and more every day. 

This quote by John Tudor captures it perfectly: “Technology makes it possible for people to gain control over everything, except over technology.”

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Last updated on September 27, 2022