EP017: Sales Engineering, Doing the Right Thing, and Immigration Discussions with Staff SE Prabhu Barathi.

Today on the Angle Free IT podcast, we meet with someone that I immediately thought “I have to get this guy on my show”. This person is none other than VMware Staff SE Prabhu Barathi. Prabhu was recently voted as SE of the year prior to our recording, and I would like to first and foremost congratulate him! Secondly, I would like to thank him for being so approachable on matters such as immigration, career paths, and mentorship.

03:00 Prabhu’s origin story and journey to SE of the year.
10:00 What does “Staff” before SE mean?
12:00 Mentorship and how to find it.
19:00 Prabhu talks about “Doing right by the customer” – one of the reasons I love this guy!
24:00 Blockchain all the things!
30:00 Why Prabhu and I love home labs and endorse them.
34:00 Himem 386 makes an appearance, and Prabhu getting into tech because of shiny toys.
42:00 Why leaders should communicate to their people WHY they want to do a project.
49:00 Building your brand, (and maybe puppies too).

I greatly appreciated having Prabhu sharing some time with me.  Look him up on LinkedIn (here).

Prabhu mentioned building your brand, and I would like to circle back to one of our christening episodes – Episode002 with Nic Cole.  It was essentially all about building your brand and is a great reference on the *HOW* of building your brand.

I appreciated Prabhu’s candor and willingness to be honest in this episode.  Unironically, we talked a lot about being truthful – something that some people find at odds with people in sales roles.  Usually for good reason.

About the Author
Head cartographer and coach on the journey of all things Tech career, Creator and Host of Angle Free IT podcast, and main blogger on both the AnglfreeIT.com blog, forum and careermap.tech websites. Oh and I have a day job of Sr. SDN and DevOps consultant, Have a wife and kids, and run another sidegig too. Check out the podcast for more of my bio.

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