Introducing Bheeshmar Redheendran, Bloomfire Senior Software Developer. We’re profiling Bheeshmar as part of our employee spotlight series. He enjoys gourmet cooking, martial arts, and wearing Hawaiian shirts on Fridays. We took his picture on the MOPAC pedestrian bridge because he loves the water.
What is your title at Bloomfire and how does that translate to what you actually do all day?
While my official title is the vague “Senior Software Developer,” I like to think of myself as “Muse” or “Punster.” I enjoy exploring the connections between things. It might be concepts in code, different meanings of words, or people with complimentary ideas across organizations.
I’m an oddity for a technologist in that I am a people person. So while I spend most of my days writing the code that runs on our servers, I also spend a fair amount of time helping others to do their jobs better. For example, I help resolve customer issues with our Client Success team, keep our servers running with other members of the Engineering team, help Sales resolve billing issues, and keep up company morale by telling bad “dad” jokes.
What hobby do you most enjoy and why?
I enjoy punning. I’m no O’Henry Pun-Off-level punner, but I do get some zingers in every once in a while that can make all the listeners groan. I disagree with those who claim that it’s a childish hobby for a groan man.
What is your most treasured possession?
I subscribe to the school of thought that “The best things in life aren’t things”, but I would be very sad if you took away my Big Green Egg. You can find me grilling/smoking/searing on it any given Sunday.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
I am grateful for having had the opportunity to work with and mentor so many talented developers over the years. When they credit me for some part of their success, I always remember how much I learned from them as well. I hope my relationship with my kids will be as good!
What excites you most about Bloomfire?
What attracted me the most about working at Bloomfire is that the product is about connecting people with information, and that hits all of my buttons! The problem we solve is one that every organization has, and it is very gratifying to work on solving actual problems for actual people.
What’s your favorite joke right now?
When birds are flying in a V, one side of the V is often longer than the other. Do you know why?
Because there are more birds on that side!
You can follow Bheeshmar on Twitter @bheeshmar.