It’s been 4 years. From apps, automation, digital to finding our niche in building data platforms. Our natural progression to data now seems like the obvious choice.
91social embarked its journey in 2016, a lean team of 4 people working as architect consultants, building ERP systems from scratch and slowly edging their way into the FinTech and data space. A young team mentored by Sunil, the CEO, an IIT Kharagpur graduate with 25 years of experience, not only delivered consistently across clients but also played a crucial role in product management and vision.
Over the course of 2 years, 91social evolved as a services company with extensive experience in building data pipelines, thoroughly implementing the core ETL processes. We also built mobile apps, implemented automation and created product metric dashboards.
By the end of 2019, we had grown to a sizeable team of 30 plus people mainly focusing on Java and React. Our clients’ lives got easier with our OOB solution for a data platform, datasahi, a SaaS offering. Along the way, we also realised that performance and scale, which cause major issues for most software companies, never really bothered us. We build things to scale, assuming there will be millions using the platform — something I will talk about in a later post.
So what really bothers us? Skilling. Scaling. Growing fast enough. I believe these are good problems to have, almost a sense of validation that we are on the right path. To solve this, we started an internal bootcamp for our employees and also opened it up to anyone who wanted to learn. Our mantra, learn to learn with our goal being learning plus up-skilling.
As a services company, numbers matter. At 91social, quality matters. With just 30 young minds, we’ve been able to meet demanding customer needs and become the heart and soul of most products we’ve built.
Data is at the core of our solutions. Data is the tech world’s oxygen. Serving big names such as CRED, Arcesium, CTD and yantralive, and helping them grow has only reinforced our belief in the contribution of data solutions in today’s day and age.
What are data platforms? Look out for our next post.