RB Group has seen phenomenal growth the past year. The India Office has been pivotal in this expansion. Our CTO Jeroen Derwort has visited the office in Pune last week to work with the team and give them a strategy update.
Having remote locations can be a challenge for any company. The importance of human to human contact cannot be overestimated. This is why we regularly make a trip overseas, and take the time to synchronize, as our CEO Richard Versluis did earlier this year.
Vibrant start-up scene
After my arrival in Mumbai, I sat down for a cup of tea and talked tech with Madhavi Solanki, director of Cyphertree Technologies and our Team Manager for RB group.aero’s India Branch. It did not take long before we were approached by two founders from another start-up. They overheard our conversation and asked her to participate in a blog about their new social product. Of course she agreed. It is a good example of the vibrant start-up scene in the Mumbai/Pune area.
Pune is perhaps not as well know as neighboring Mumbai, but it its own right a huge and rapidly developing city, with 7 million inhabitants, and many IT companies and start-ups. RB group.aero’s presence here goes back a few years now.
Last year we started our own team in Pune and since the start of 2019, we had four new hires. More will join later this year.
Talent and focus
We do not take the easy road when selecting the employees we want for our team, and it shows. We have a talented and focused group, with passionate professionals. Work is being done in an agile process, in which back-end, front-end and quality assurance teams work together efficiently, involving developers based in both India and The Netherlands.
It was a privilege to be involved in the retrospectives, demos, planning and refinement meetings, as they were conducted by the teams. The attitude is very professional. There is an eagerness to learn. This is e.g. demonstrated by the fact that just a week before, the teams had planned a reactJS training during the weekend.
The next exciting step will be to involve and service airline crew from India as well. I had a meeting to set this in motion.
With Pune’s airfield at arm’s length of the office, and major airlines such as Air India, Indigo and SpiceJet operating from India, there is a huge market to be gained.
But it’s not only about the work, it is also about the team spirit. In a lot of companies in India, this gets overlooked quite easily. At RB group.aero we want the employees to have a good time.
We believe in the mantra: “Work hard, play hard.” I particularly like the “Friday Night Game Time” that was introduced. During events like this, people get to know each other in different ways, which really helps when working together to a common goal.
In the weekend I was able to see some of Pune’s touristic highlights. We made a trek to Lohagad fort in the mountains and Pawna lake. And places like Aga Khan palace and Shaniwar Wada are magical. Visits that I will never forget.
Pune as a city can be challenging for outsiders, since traffic there is just plain madness. The sheer size of the city and the number of people living and working there are simply mind-blowing.
But we were able to find the right team, and they have built an office that will enable RB group.aero to develop and service airline crew products on a whole new level.