In our very first edition of Life @ Netskope, we talk to Bhumika Kapadia, Senior Director of Product Management, or as most of us know her, the Chief Ice Cream Officer (CICO). In her two years at Netskope, Bhumika has not only made a huge impact on our product, but she’s also been an advocate for company morale as an organizer of our Awesome Women of Netskope (AWON) group and the leader of our weekly ice cream walks, hence the title of CICO.
What made you choose Netskope?
Lots of different things! First, I mostly come from a consumer background, which means that end-user experience is of key importance but, in enterprise, that’s traditionally not the case. So when I started talking to Netskope, I realized immediately that the team was really focused on making the product, not only really useful but also really easy to use. In addition to that, at the end of the day, it’s all about the people. I think that’s the underlying, absolute checkbox, it has to be a place where you’re going enjoy working and with a team of folks that you can rely on at work but also have that relationship outside of work.
How do you describe what you do to friends and family?
I make our enterprise customers happy using our product by bringing consumer delight to enterprise products. The end-to-end experience is what I’m passionate about. I also work on other core parts of the product to help us achieve our iconic security platform vision.
What was something that stood out to you in the interview process?
I loved the fact that we had at least nine people on my panel and interviewers from all different groups, from executives to individual contributors. That was really key for me to feel comfortable, knowing I was talking to the individual person responsible for a very specific part of the product all the way through to the people who are responsible for the larger strategy.
And it was a very quick process; it wasn’t drawn out over six weeks of interviews over different days. It was very well thought out in terms of who I was going to be working on a regular basis and making sure that there was enough representation from various teams. It was not only an interview to see if I was a good fit for Netskope, but also for me to feel like I had a chance to talk to a broad spectrum of people to help make my decision. They even gave me the option to ask if there was anyone else I wanted to speak to before making a decision, which I had never had before.
What’s one of your favorite experiences here?
Many of my favorite experiences are around our Awesome Women of Netskope (AWON) group. I love the fact that we have the AWON here as an organization within the company that’s focused on ensuring women are getting the support they need, but also being able to strive beyond our general day-to-day job. It’s about how do you become a better employee, a better citizen, a better friend? I would have never expected to have that, nor have I experienced that before. With Netskope, I realized just how awesome it was to have a team of women who worked together not just within the company but worked together to support each other in their journey, career-wise or in general.
What does AWON mean to you?
I think AWON is an opportunity for an industry, which for whatever reason doesn’t attract women, to encourage women and to know you can be supportive within the workforce but also outside of the workforce. It helps us explore all these different factors and discuss different concepts and when we meet very little is actually about work. It’s much more about a system of support and how do you grow as an individual with support from other people who may be on a similar journey. And to me, that’s probably the biggest thing.
What’s one thing on your bucket list?
I want to go to Bhutan mainly because I find it very interesting that the country doesn’t track gross income but they track gross happiness. I think that in the pursuit of life, it is about finding happiness, whatever that means to you as an individual, and I’m just curious to understand how they do that for an entire country.
You’re stranded on a desert island, what three things do you bring with you?
Ice cream! I can’t survive without it, and it’s hot, and I definitely need my sugar. I’d want a book to help me escape the reality of my state and water, to be practical. But I need ice cream! I don’t need any food if I have ice cream.