At ThoughtSpot, we have set out to solve the grand problem of Human Data Interaction. While Steve Jobs imagined computers as bicycles for the mind, we don’t think we are quite there yet. The fundamental properties of the bicycle that enables humans to beat condors at locomotion efficiency are simplicity of usage and frictionless effect. It’s safe to say that working with data is far from simple and frictionless today, and that impedes our ability as humans to make better decisions and eventually transform all aspects of our lives.
It doesn’t need to be so.
What does it take to solve a problem of this magnitude?
Relentless application of Computer Science
towards solving some of the hardest problems (e.g. Language understanding, real-time analytics at extreme scale)
Creativity and Sensibility
needed to enable effortless human interactions with data (e.g. beautiful, intuitive representations of insights).
In our view, these are defining properties of ‘Entrepreneurial Computer Scientists’ - the type of engineers and makers that have assembled together at ThoughtSpot in the pursuit of this goal. India is blessed with a lot of such people and with our new Engineering Center in Bangalore, we invite them to join us in our journey.
When one of my closest friends from Stanford and Google, Priyendra Deshwal (who is one of the co-founders at ThoughtSpot) introduced me to ThoughtSpot, I was blown away by the profoundness of the problem they were trying to solve and the depth of their approach towards solving it. Their ambition and first-principles based approach of building a full platform from the ground up, involving multiple layers of technology (each of which would be a worthy of a startup by itself!) inspired me. While I’ve been lucky in the past to have spent a decade at Google tackling large-scale Distributed Systems and Machine Learning problems across Search & Ads, taking on the ThoughtSpot challenge of transforming how people use data in their daily lives, gives me goosebumps. That’s why I’m here.
Borrowing a phrase from Larry Page, I am ‘uncomfortably excited’ as we take on the challenge of building a more insightful future.