Employee Highlight: Ashish Agarwal

SpringML: What is your current position at SpringML?

Ashish: I am currently working as a data scientist at SpringML. My basic role is to solve customer problems by formulating use-cases and solving them using machine learning algorithms. While working with customers, I try to ensure that I am able to understand their problems and make them understand how their data sources could be used to resolve issues by providing examples. Also, I try to ensure there is two-way communication, trying to explain to them the results and methodology.

SpringML: What’s the first thing you do when you come into work and last to wrap up the workday?

Ashish: The very first thing that I do after coming to workday is greeting all my co-workers before I check my emails/calendar for meetings and grab a hot coffee to start the day fresh. Before I start my work, I also monitor the Asana tool for assigned responsibilities to ensure they are completed first.

Before wrapping up, I save all my work and update my supervisor about my work progress. I also ensure there are no unleft important tasks for the day in my sticky notes.

SpringML: Before joining SpringML, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?

Ashish: Before joining SpringML, I worked as a Data Scientist in an investment bank where my role was to predict electricity prices for the next day using machine learning. This was very interesting since I had to analyze a lot of data points related to historic prices, weather, renewables, etc. As a data scientist, leveraging math and technology for finance was truly fascinating for me.

SpringML: If you could choose anyone, who would you pick as your mentor?

Ashish: According to me, Richard Branson is a perfect example of a good entrepreneur, philanthropist, and business magnate. I find his autobiography to be too inspiring for anyone looking to be an entrepreneur.

SpringML: What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

Ashish: My dad once told me “If you work hard for the first 40 years of your life, your next 40 years would be easy. If you relax the first 40 years, the next 40 years would be difficult”

What are 3 words to describe SpringML?

Ashish: Innovative, Collaborative and Challenging

SpringML: Best vacation you’ve been to?

Ashish: My vacation trip to Grand Canyon was the best trip this year so far. It was astonishing to see the light beams in canyon antelopes. It was a perfect combination of visiting peaceful time as well as adventure. During this trip, I also skydived from the world’s highest altitude (18,000 ft).

Ashish Grand Canyon

What’s the most recent app you’ve downloaded but are yet to use?

Ashish: Duolingo. I’ve been trying to learn an additional language but need more motivation 😀

What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?

Ashish: Road trips excite me the most. When not working, I like to explore nature and check out new places. I also like to cook multinational cuisines and read books. Netflix marathons and online gaming with friends also interest me.

Ashish Vacation
Ashish_ Skydive
Ashish skiing

How do you find a work/life balance?

Ashish: I try to prioritise my time by making long term and short term schedules. For a good work-life balance, I like to travel with my family and friends. If its a stressful day, I take 1-2 15 minute breaks for coffee to calm my mind and get refreshed for the work again.