“What in the world am I doing here!” was my first thought as I woke up to the sounds of honking auto-rickshaws and motorcycles on the streets of Bangalore. That was 2007, when I setup my first software/BPO relationship with a small firm in Koramangala. The mission: develop a specialized data processing application & setup an operations team. Today this relationship has reduced costs 75% for the client while improving turn around times.
Crossing the Fagaras mountains on winding country roads into Transylvania was another experience altogether. In 2008 I began a search for software engineering talent in Eastern Europe. We chose Romania. The timing was critical, as mobile was exploding and we needed an iPhone app built fast with one Romanian provider, while developing the prerequisite web service API’s with another Romanian provider. Today, those same companies have built 8 phone applications on both the Andriod and iPhone platform, Facebook applications, API infrastructures, and completed many other key projects.
In Vermont, finding software talent is a ratio problem – how many talented engineers exist in a region of 100,000 people? While we were slowly and carefully building our in-house development office, we were faced with a choice: either augment our resources elsewhere or suffer delays in getting to market.
I have started TeamFound with the idea that I can help other companies better manage their remote work forces. I have established and project tested relationships in India, Philippines, Romania, U.K, and Ukraine.