The second in a series of interviews in partnership with JUV Consulting, Overachiever Magazine got the chance to sit down and talk with JUV Consulting’s CTO, Bani Singh.
- What do you consider to be your biggest achievement?
I think my biggest achievement is learning how to focus. When you’re in high school, you’re sometimes overwhelmed by opportunities. You want to do everything, and end up not doing your best. Right now, I have three or four things I’m giving my full, undivided attention to: focus makes for a fuller life.
- What does a CTO do?
A CTO (Chief Technology Officer) basically leads all technology related projects at a company. I lead a team of software engineers, and work on issues. An example of one thing I’m doing right now: making a code less slow.
- What has your general experience as an Asian women in tech been like?
Honestly, it’s been pretty great! I’ve been lucky to find lots of people who encourage me.
- Have you ever personally experienced discrimination?
I have, thought not often, as both a woman and an immigrant who grew up in Norway. I don’t have any hard feelings towards anyone, but do recognize the negative impact it can have on people long term.
- How do you stay in touch with your heritage?
I grew up in Norway, visited India a lot, lived in South Korea for four months, and now live in San Francisco, so I have more of a worldview, but there are parts of my heritage that I have held on to that have really shaped me. For example, humility, respect for religion (both others and my own), and a deep appreciation of elders.
- What are some of your day-to-day duties at JUV Consulting?
Making sure the code works! But other than that, checking up on my team, and generally seeing that everything runs smoothly.
- Who inspires you?
My parents, and my sister. They have the classic immigrant story: they moved to Norway from India, and really built their whole lives there. I look up to my parents more than anything for allowing me and my sister to have countless opportunities.
- What advice do you have for Asian women looking to pursue a career in tech?
Go in with an open mind, ask questions, be fierce at the decision-making table, and reach out to people/mentors for advice and questions (including me). I’d be happy to help any time.
- What is your go-to coffee order?I don’t really drink much coffee! I love matcha lattes, chai lattes, and boba tea, though.
- What do you consider the biggest problem facing Asian women today to be?
I think a failure to realize potential holds many girls back. Women I know are more hesitant to believing that they are good enough. And that’s a problem.
Bani Singh is 19-year-old Computer Science major and Chief Technology Officer at JUV Consulting. Bani is passionate about turning ideas into reality. At the age of 18, she co-developed EtherCup, a FIFA 2018 Football World Cup collectible built on Ethereum’s blockchain, which received a grant from the 1517 Fund. Her project and work has also won her prizes and scholarships from companies like Samsung, Goldman Sachs, McKinsey & Company, MATLAB, Siemens and more. Now, she’s passionate about bringing together young developer-talent to co-create software at JUV.