#55: Pavan Ravipati – How an account Executive became a Solutions Engineer at Github

An East Bay-local, Pavan Ravipati grew up in a family of tech people. He initially took Film and Media in college, landed some corporate sales roles, and worked his way up but he ultimately found his calling in tech. After taking some coding courses online, Pavan decided to join Hack Reactor and he eventually took part in the organization’s Hacker in Residence Program. Currently, Pavan serves as a Solutions Engineer at GitHub, a leading open source software company.

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Years in Tech2
Home TownEast Bay, CA
Current JobSolutions Engineer
Date Recorded7/20/2016

Contact Info:

Pavan Ravipati

Twitter: @pavzr

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/pravipati/

Show Notes:

[00:48] Pavan talks about his educational background in film and his transition into tech having moved from Atlanta to the Bay Area

[02:10] Starting a 3D printing vending machine company along with four friends, Pavan discusses his role and how he figured out building a website

[05:05] The struggles of creating a startup right out of college, getting into UC Berkeley’s accelerator program, SkyDeck, and the importance of networking

[08:18] The biggest lesson from several rejections they got in terms of production cost

[11:45] Pavan recalls accepting a lower level role in order to break into corporate sales and he describes the interview process.

[14:15] What the customer success role entails, getting promoted to higher roles, and what pushed him to go back to the tech space

[16:35] Resources he used to learn how to code, applying to coding bootcamps, and how he overcame the impostor’s syndrome

[22:15] How Hack Reactor prepared him for the job search and what it’s like being part of Hack Reactor’s Hacker in Residence Program

[24:00] Pavan’s job search experience at a small startup and the benefits of working at a small startup versus large companies

[27:10] Pavan describes how he landed his job at GitHub, his role as a solutions engineer, and his future career plans

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