I’m really thrilled to introduce our new team member Sethuraman Ramgopal (Sethu), who joined us just before Christmas to head our technical team in India. In the past 18 months we have grown significantly as a team (22 people now) including people like Ricardo Torre, who joined us back in 2013 from Microsoft.
Sethu has spent over 15 years at Honeywell, Bangalore. One of the companies I admire with over 100 years history and some dramatic innovation in Aerospace, Manufacturing, Oil and Gas industries. Sethu worked at Honeywell in various positions in his 15 years career over there from a Software Developer to a System Architect working in a wide spectrum of software products in process industry catering Enterprise Asset Reliability, Petroleum Terminal Automation and Enterprise Application Collaboration.
One of the main thing that inspired me with Sethu, is his experience working with a product development company. In India it’s relatively easy to get someone from a service based industry, because in the last decade or so – Indian software companies were mainly targeted towards providing consulting/service based work to the west. I believe it’s completely different mindset between building products and providing services.
I had personally interviewed Sethu for over 3 hours, during my last visit to India (Aug 2014) and was well impressed by his passion towards building useful stuff. After that he has gone through multiple levels of interviews with us, including building a prototype of something we are going to bring into BizTalk360 at some stage. He is one of those hands on guys, and not just a white board architect.
As a product development focused company it’s very important for us to build the right team, as Jim Collins mentioned in his book “Good to Great Companies”
“In fact, leaders of companies that go from good to great start not with “where” but with “who.” They start by getting the right people on the bus, the wrong people off the bus, and the right people in the right seats. And they stick with that discipline—first the people, then the direction—no matter how dire the circumstances.”
Sethu has completed about a month with us now, spending time with all the team members in our India office and he is currently in UK for a short period to understand our vision and direction of the company moving forward. This is the wordings from Sethu, in his own words
I am committed to make the product line I am associated to stay ahead of the Market and help the Business grow
He relocated to Coimbatore (where we are located in India) from Bangalore (after spending 15 years there) with his wife and son, sorting out a new school for his son. It just shows the level of commitment he has taken to join us.
We are technology focused company, and at this stage we are focused purely on hiring people with deep technical knowledge and less focus on Sales/Marketing. We believe if you build awesome products, customers will find you. Our 250+ customer mark is the proof.
Stay tuned, there will be more announcements and interesting stuff coming out from our team in 2015.