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Karthik Balakrishnan

Karthik Balakrishnan

President at Actual

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Hello 👋
My next available slot is

  • Tuesday 21st Dec6:00 PM (GMT)

My name is Karthik, and I'm currently building an eclectic team of engineers, architects, and policy wonks at A^3 by Airbus (www.airbus-sv.com) in San Jose. Previously, I was CTO of Coin (www.onlycoin.com) a consumer electronics start up based in San Francisco which was acquired by Fitbit in May. Most of my previous experience is in academia, and I have also worked for NASA and The Aerospace Corporation.

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Helping a Good Developer Become a Legitimate Manager

6 December

Karthik decides to pair a green engineering manager with a senior engineer to help him changing his mindset

Personal Growth
Legitimacy
Coaching / Training / Mentorship
Career Path
New Manager
Engineering
How to help engineers from larger companies adapt to a startup environment

6 December

An engineer from a larger company was struggling to take ownership. Karthik explains how he managed to make him successful thanks to coaching and good feedback.

Managing Expectations
Company Culture
Collaboration
Feedback
Onboarding
Ownership
Hiring
Performance
Engineering
Lessons from hiring an engineer who doesn’t fit the company’s culture

6 December

Karthik reflects on what he could have done better, after having hired a technically excellent engineer who did not fit the company’s culture.

Managing Expectations
Company Culture
Hiring
Toxic Employee
Engineering
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