Spotlight: Krishna Narasimh Koushik

At the heart of Meltwater Engineering are the employees who find ways to collaborate around the world. In our Spotlight series we will introduce you to new hires as well as veterans from across the organization, and give you insights into their day to day from North Carolina to Hong Kong.

Today, in the spotlight, is Krishna Narasimh Koushik from our Manchester office.

Would you like to introduce yourself?

My name is Krishna Narasimh Koushik. I am a principal engineer and I work in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Can you describe your role at Meltwater?

I work on Social Publisher which allows our clients to schedule and publish across multiple social media platforms. I guide my team members in the right direction when addressing a problem typically by asking questions to get them to solve the problem on their own. I also work to foresee any sort of architectural problems to bring to the team’s attention and do 1:1 mentoring sessions for anyone who wants additional guidance.

What does a typical day look like for you?

So a typical day looks like doing sprint work with the team—less of writing code myself and more of mentoring via pairing. I do this by asking questions of team members when they get stuck in order to facilitate thinking and ultimately get to a solution as a team. I also run weekly technical architecture meetings where the team and I discuss current and upcoming architectural needs to enhance our codebase. I make myself available for 1:1 mentoring through “office hours” which is basically a time the other software engineers can take advantage of to discuss how they want to grow and get tips for their professional development.

When I’m not working with the team, I liaise with the Foundation team, security team, & other enablement teams at Meltwater to ensure that what my team is building is aligned with engineering standards. My team is fully autonomous but there are other teams in the same product area so I facilitate a customer eavesdropping session where we listen to sales or UX research conversations about our product area to encourage innovation based on customer feedback.

Favorite or proudest project / part of working at Meltwater?

Definitely Social because I’ve been in Social the longest during my time at Meltwater. I started out with this product called Meltwater Buzz. It was like a pared down version of our current social media engagement product because it did not have publishing, conversations, or analytics. It was a social listening product at that time. So yeah, I would say I don’t really have anything that is my proudest, but I would say Social in general is my proudest.

This year I assisted in leading Hackathon XXV and led Hackathon XXVI. I’m very proud of the participation in the latest event—Hackathon XXVI had the most participants and projects submitted across multiple offices in Meltwater history.

What do you do to relax / unwind?

Pre-pandemic, my wife and I would host game nights with friends. Now, my wife and I have a son and most of my free time is spent bonding as a family. Outside of family time, I enjoy playing massively multiplayer online role-playing games a few times a week.