Tiny heart no more. Meet Quadri, the PM with a big heart and a black belt.
Tell us a bit bout the project you’re working on.
Alongside Anusan Sivakumaran and others, I’ve been on a project to help our client build a blockchain-based identity network with the aim of standardizing the KYC/Anti-Money Laundering (AML) verification process.
What about prior to joining Connected?
Before Connected I was the Product Manager and Director of Operations at Tiny Hearts, an award-winning mobile app studio. Our products were featured in WIRED, the New York Times, and by Apple. Tiny Hearts was acquired by Shopify in 2016.
Cool! Any apps we might have heard of?
Amazing, I love Wake. So what do you like about working at Connected?
Connected has the best people because they're smart and humble at the same time. The management team also makes it their priority to foster happy employees, which is not something you see every day.
What might most people not know about you?
I have a first-degree black belt in Taekwondo. I teach Taekwondo to students of various ages and experience levels across the GTA. Plus I take Krav Maga classes.
Wait, what? A black belt? Actually?
Wow. Ok. And Krav Maga? What’s that?
Krav Maga means “Contact Combat” in Hebrew. Developed in Israel, it’s a military self-defence and fighting system that focuses on neutralizing a threatening opponent as quickly and effectively as possible.
Any other side projects on the go?
In my spare time, I teach Product Management courses and workshops at Bitmaker to teach people how to bring products to market.
I also like to unwind with movies and books. One of the best things I read recently was a quote by Miyamoto Musashi (considered the greatest swordsman to ever live): “If you know the way broadly, you will see it in all things.” I think this applies to Product Management, in a way: if you learn adjacent skills, you get better at achieving your own goals.
Sounds like you’ve been keeping busy and racking up the achievements. Anything else?
Well, I was high school valedictorian. And in 2012 I was given the Youth Agents of Change award from the Centre for Social Innovation. As a prize, I was given a free workspace and exclusive programming opportunities, which was awesome. I was also awarded for being an Outstanding Delight Member in 2016 when I worked for Gigster as part of their Delight Team.
What about your favourite spot to eat in the city?
Mushkaki, an East African restaurant located in Etobicoke. Try their Mushkaki Fries if you get the chance.
What advice would you give to someone just starting at Connected?
It’s a storehouse of knowledge, so meet as many individuals as you can, learn from them, and share what you’ve learnt as well 👍
This is the fourth entry in our Connector Spotlight series. Stay tuned for more profiles about the great people here at Connected.