Building software? It might be hard to hire a developer. Through 2020, there will be 1.3 million open software jobs with only 400,000 computer science graduates to fill them in the US alone. That's a serious skills gap.
At the same time, I've been ridiculously inspired by the smart, ambitious software developers and designers I've met from South and Southeast Asia over the years. Couldn't we connect them to some of those unfilled jobs?
The teams are in South and Southeast Asia, starting with our HQ in Sri Lanka, and the companies are anywhere in the world. (We have product managers in the US and Europe.)
But the thing I’m most excited about is how much we invest in our developers. By selecting for grit and fast learning, by surrounding them with the infrastructure they need, and topping it off with personal development, mentoring, support, and a culture of continuous growth, we can enable them to thrive.
Yes, that means they do better work. But it's also a big opportunity to bridge the divides between tech hubs on different sides of the world. It means that we're setting up our developers to become leaders on a global scale and pump more resources into where they live.
The Long Throw
Our plan is to build in more opportunities for ambitious people to make an impact in tech, wherever and whoever they are. We’re starting by delivering great results one client at a time, and building the right environment for our developers to reach their potential.
We know that talent is evenly distributed, but opportunity isn’t yet. By diversifying who gains from tech innovation, we can make tech work better for everyone. And we can build some fantastic things along the way.
I’m grateful for the hard work of our team and the trust of our early clients to get us to this point. The best part is that we’re just getting started.