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Digital Scientists welcomes new scientist, Hemanth Pai

September 29, 2009

photo Hemanth Pai of digital scientistsThere’s some new faces at Digital Scientists (perhaps you’ve noticed the gentleman with the big smile on our scientists page).

Hemanth Pai is the latest addition to the team, bringing his knowledge and expertise of emerging web and mobile technologies to our development department. This Georgia Tech graduate (Masters in Computer Science) possesses skills in HTML, JavaScript, Ruby on Rails, and Objective C (to name a few). He is currently working on the Blackberry version of the Mission Zero app, as well as various iPhone applications for our clients.

Of course, that’s all shop talk. We asked Hemanth to tell us a little more about himself. Who knew we had a budding entrepreneur on our hands!

Where do you originally hail from?
I was born in Udupi, a coastal city in South India and brought up in Bangalore, a major metropolis in South India.

Where did your work prior to Digital Scientists?
I worked for Intuit (makers of QuickBooks and TurboTax) as an intern over the last 2 summers – summer of 2007 in India and summer of 2008 in California.

What’s something we don’t know about you (and would never guess)?
My friends and I could have been the inventors of electronic cigarettes. About four years back (right around the same time when some Chinese guy applied for a patent), we participated in an Innovative Business Ideas competition. We were all electronics & electrical engineers (with quite a bit of entrepreneurial skills), so we came up with the idea of electronic cigarettes.

We designed a heating element that was cylindrical in shape and would vaporize nicotine (in liquid format). We also came up with a rudimentary, yet solid business plan. And all of this happened in less than 10 hours, and our sole aim was to win. We did win the competition hands down, but the irony is we never thought of taking it forward and actually implementing it. We did use the same idea to win a couple other contests.

What’s on your iPod playlist?

Mainly Metallica, Iron Maiden, Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Nirvana and some Hip Hop & Pop.

What is your favorite blog?
My favorite blog is Zen Habits.

What blog do you wish your wrote?
I wish I wrote Engadget (getting your hands on the coolest, newest gadgets + bragging about it = nirvana).

Whose quotes are at the end of your email or what comic is on your fridge?
XKCD

If you could have dinner with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?
Alizee Jacotey

As a digital marketer now, tell us what you love most about the industry:
Marketing involves anticipating and understanding the needs of the consumer/end users and satisfying those needs in a better way than the competitors. How one uniquely addresses the needs of the end user is a challenging task. There is a lot of scope for innovation and creativity. That’s what I love most about marketing.