Meet a Qubist

 
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Keerthi - Product and Platform Pro

Team: Platform Team

Role: Team lead

 
 
 

About Keerthi

I’m a biomedical engineer by education and product designer in spirit. I moved to the Netherlands from India over 7 years ago. Recently, I started acroyoga, which is like doing yoga and acrobatics together, and I am a regular at the company bootcamp. During the weekends, my wife and I do long distance bike rides, exploring the beautiful countryside. And I love to cook, so I often bring home cooked food for fellow Qubists.

"Toon provides an ideal solution

for a long-standing problem in elderly care: providing peace of mind, without intruding on privacy.”

Biomedics is something else from what we do entirely. So why did you join Quby?

I came to the Netherlands for my doctorate in product design at TU Delft, which was focused on medical products, but the concepts are applicable across industries. At the time, my wife was working for Quby and we often discussed how Quby’s products could solve some of the persistent issues in elderly care. For instance, how to take care of someone from afar without intruding on their privacy? Toon, unlike other smart thermostats, gathers energy usage data. This provides an ideal solution for a long-standing problem in elderly care: providing peace of mind, without intruding on privacy. I jumped at the opportunity to kick-start the use of this smart thermostat in the healthcare market.

So, what do you do at Quby now?

I started off as a product manager for the different Value Added Services and moved on to the role of the Platform Lead. In this role, I ensure our tenants and other development teams have a backend IT system which is robust, scalable and most importantly; future proof. We dabble in new cloud-based infrastructures and architectures to keep us ready for the continually changing market dynamics and adapt to monetise new opportunities coming our way.  

Keerthi and his ‘Qbnb’-team win first place at the 2019 Hackathon for their concept to add an Airbnb-host function on the smart thermostat display.

Keerthi and his ‘Qbnb’-team win first place at the 2019 Hackathon for their concept to add an Airbnb-host function on the smart thermostat display.

If resources weren’t an issue, what kind of products and services would you like to see at Quby?

Our products are the literal gateway into the living room: a high-res digital display with a dozen sensors. Over 350.000 people interact with the display every day, generating large amounts of rich data. This opens the possibilities of developing numerous value-adding services. If resources were not a constraint, I would like to invest more into our Open API infrastructure and expand our Toon ecosystem. We could, for example, host a “Toon store” in the display. This would provide a playing field for third party developers and creatives out there to create new applications for our products. It could be the next Google Play Store or Apple App Store: we focus on the data science and the platform, and let other brilliant and creative minds create applications on it.

 
 

What advice do you give to potential new Qubists?

Always be curious and don't stop yourself from asking: “Why are we doing it this way and not another way?” When you are new here, you still have a fresh perspective. So, everything you do, should be done while asking “why?” at least 3 times. Be like a toddler discovering a whole new world.

Quby is a fun place. It is a group of young, smart and quirky people. There is always someone to share your interests with, whether it’s rock climbing, Game of Thrones, partying or hacking all night. You’ll always find someone who shares your passion. Work hard, play hard and I promise – we’ll be excited to have you on board.

Thanks to Keerthi for a super interesting interview. Stay tuned for another ‘Meet a Qubist’ soon!