Meet the Team: Rishwanth Nannapaneni

1. Why did you join Thinxtra?

I joined the company as an RF planning intern as part of a university requirement. At that time, the opportunity helped me to enhance my skill set, gain insights, and develop a more comprehensive understanding of the IoT industry.

2. What or where is your happy place?

I love being outdoors, especially when I’m hiking and getting involved in all sorts of outdoor fun. There’s something so refreshing about being in nature—exploring beautiful trails or conquering challenging hikes.

3. What impact do you think IoT has had or will have?

IoT has transformed the way we interact with technology, creating a network of interconnected devices that can communicate and share data. This has led to advancements in efficiency, convenience, and automation across various industries.

The ability to track assets remotely allows businesses to precisely monitor the location, condition, and status of assets, such as vehicles, equipment, and inventory. This real-time tracking capability improves operational efficiency, reduces the risk of loss or theft, and enhances overall asset utilization.

Another would be the implementation of smart building systems. IoT-enabled sensors and devices are integrated into various building components, allowing for real-time data collection and analysis, enabling facilities managers to optimize energy usage, monitor equipment performance, and respond promptly to issues.

4. What's the best piece of advice you've received that has helped shape your life or career?

The top three pieces of advice that have made a real difference in my life:

  1. Dedicate 15-20 minutes every day to learn something new. It may seem like a small commitment, but when you tally it up over a year, you’ve invested a valuable 100 hours in your personal growth. Imagine the skills you can acquire and the knowledge you can gain with this daily dedication.
  2. Step out of your comfort zone to expand your horizons. Challenge yourself, take risks, and put yourself in situations that may initially seem tricky. Growth often comes from pushing boundaries and navigating the unknown. Don’t let complacency hold you back. When people say you’re doing great, consider it a sign that you have the potential to achieve even more. Break free from professional limitations and aim for continuous growth. The path to success is often paved with the willingness to change and evolve.
  3. Embrace failure as a part of the learning process. Each failure is an opportunity to learn, grow, and ultimately succeed. It’s not about dodging mistakes but how you bounce back and turn them into stepping stones for improvement.

5. Are there any special traditions or rituals you follow to start or end your workday?

I like hitting the gym early in the morning and listening to podcasts while working out. This routine has been incredibly productive in helping me focus for the remainder of the day.

6. What do you do to contribute to sustainability in your day-to-day life?

I’m conscious of my energy usage. By being mindful of my daily habits and their environmental impact, I aim to minimise my carbon footprint.

7. Is there a particular book, movie, or TV show that has had a significant impact on your life?

I’m fond of Suits – Web series. It has inspired me that we need to move on in any situation rather than hold up the past.

8. How do you stay motivated and inspired in both your personal and professional life?

I stay motivated and inspired by diving into my love for cooking. It’s a creative outlet and my go-to for unwinding and kicking stress to the curb.

In the kitchen, I get to play around with various ingredients, flavours, and techniques, which brings me a ton of satisfaction and joy. The whole cooking process is like a sensory adventure that takes my mind off any challenges I might be dealing with, giving me a much-needed break.

9. Tell us about a moment or experience at Thinxtra that made you feel proud to be part of the team.

Reaching the milestone of deploying our 900th gateway marked a significant accomplishment for our network team. I’m incredibly proud to be a part of the X-team, where we consistently support each other personally and professionally.

10. Can you share an interesting or unusual fact about yourself that most people don't know?

I’m a foodie. I love to try different cuisines. But Biryani stays at the top of the list ;).

11. Lastly, if you were to describe your experience at Thinxtra in three words, what would they be and why?

“Continuous Learning Experience” – Thinxtra has been a place where I’ve kept on acquiring new skills, expanding my knowledge, and adapting to the industry’s evolving demands.

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