Karthik Viswanathan is a zealous web developer, computer science devotee, and ultimate frisbee aficionado studying as an undergraduate at Stanford University. He plans to graduate in 2015 with a CS degree under a computer engineering specialization.
Karthik began his endeavours in computer science and web development upon entering high school. He started a technical blog, Lateral Code, exploring the latest web development techniques and tactics. Although the blog is now inactive, it still receives over 20,000 views per month.
In his sophomore and junior years of high school, Karthik was paid to write for Smashing Magazine and Nettuts+, two of the top web development blogs in the business. He continued his career with numerous freelance projects using technologies ranging from WordPress to Django to NodeJS. Karthik also got involved in the computer science and robotics clubs on campus, eventually becoming the president and vice-president of the two organizations.
While in his senior year, Karthik became a gold-level USA Computing Olympiad finalist, ranked in the top 25 of the nation's top algorithmic developers. He also went on to win third place in the World Series of Hack, a large bay-area hackathon consisting of over 200 attendees and 50 projects, with his entry, Pigeon Carrier.
After taking his first few classes at Stanford, Karthik applied for and was offered a position as a section leader for the introductory CS classes, combining his passion for programming with his interest in teaching.
In the summer of 2012, Karthik worked as a web development intern at Mozilla, a non-profit organization dedicated to their mission of bettering the web. He primarily focused on building Napkin, a rapid web prototyping tool that brings interaction to wireframing.
Mozilla has inspired Karthik to delve into the open-source community. As such, Karthik recently created Nodefront, an open-source front-end development utility that was featured on The Changelog.
Karthik has his sights set on continuing to build tools that make a difference, as he simply can't resist the joy he gets when opening vim and coding a new project. Indeed, as a great physicist once said,
I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.- Albert Einstein