Employee Profile: Software Engineering Development Manager Vineet Rohatgi

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Vineet “Vinny” Rohatgi, Software Engineering Development Manager 
Lives in: Austin, Texas
Joined HomeAway: September 2013

Describe your weekday morning routine.
Snooze the alarm up to 3 times; get yelled at for snoozing; get ready; catch up on email & skypes all while my wife gets our kid ready for school. My background “music” can range from laughter and giggling to stomping, whining and crying. Then, we do our hugs & goodbyes, drop the kid off at school (hopefully during the time period where I can just drop him off thru the kid drive-through lane [it is exactly what it sounds like].  It would sure be nice if they offered some coffee as well. Then, I head to work. After 45-60 minutes in Austin traffic, I arrive at HQ.

What day of the year do you most look forward to and why?
There isn’t any one-day that I prefer over another except for those that are associated with lots of yummy food. If there was a single day or a set of days that I do look forward to, it would be the days with events in space, e.g. meteoroid showers, comets passing by, special planet configurations. I am not very knowledgeable about astronomy, but the world of space fascinates me.

With his family

With his family

What qualities do you value most in a best friend or significant other?
Honesty, respect, and good-natured.

What interest/hobby haven't you pursued, but always wanted to?Learning to play the guitar or the tabla. Those two instruments have always intrigued m because of the beautiful sounds they can produce. There are probably a ton of excuses as to why I haven’t pursued it, but the ones that come to mind are 1) I’m not quite sure I have any musical rhythm in my body, 2) it requires consistent focus and practice that for some reason I can’t find a way to allocate the right kind of time for, and 3) the guitar made me bleed once — she’s not very nice. Not a big fan of having to bleed just to play an instrument.

Vinny was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana and loves Mardi Gras

Vinny was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana and loves Mardi Gras

What ingredients would be on your perfect sandwich? 
Let’s just be clear and upfront about this: I hate peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. In fact, I started a Facebook page to help convince the world of its repulsiveness (30+ likes – oh yes, I’m starting a movement). On the flip side, my perfect sandwich would have to have jalapenos, fried shrimp, remoulade sauce, Cajun seasoning…. yum. I’m getting hungry.