Techies vie for this workplace
Rapid Circle India is an apt example of what an office must be, to allow the community to grow as a whole and for individual growth too
There is a sense of freedom and equality when you walk into the Rapid Circle India office on Baner-Pashan link road. Long wooden benches with chairs on either side, a huge wall that jumps out at you with vibrancy and happiness on the faces of those working there is something that does not go unnoticed. Started in 2010 by Suyog Patki who is now the Managing Director and Daniel McPherson who is the Chief Technology Officer, it was formerly called Zevenseas and is a Microsoft Cloud Company.
A unique work culture, free meals, no hierarchy, and a game room are things that this venture boasts of. Empowering people to take initiative, being people driven, and ensuring that work becomes an enjoyable experience are beliefs that they strongly abide by. It is the work culture here that boosts the happiness index of all, and is something that must be replicated if we are to grow as a community.
Development for all
Working in the IT sector for over 12 years, Suyog was inspired to start a venture like this because of what he hoped to see in the place that he was working. When Rapid Circle India started off in 2010 it was a small place under a metal sheet roof and this was a risk that he was willing to take.
Born an brought up in Sholapur, in a family that wasn’t too well-off, he had never even known what a computer was till he went to an engineering college. Soon he fell in love with programming and has never wanted to do anything since.
“My vision with this place is to make people better human beings and love what they do rather than those who run behind their monthly pay cheque. The idea is to love what we do and do what we love,” he said. Building a workplace culture that is beneficial for all and maintaining transparency is key to making the company and the employees self-sufficient, he added.
When there is not much to bother about internally, the people working with the venture can focus on giving the customer whatever it is that they want and the way they want it. Another thing that Rapid Circle India does to ensure that the happiness quotient of the people there is high is to allow for flexible working hours and the guideline that one doesn’t have to be present in office to finish their work. They could sit in their home or in a cafe and work as long as the Internet connection is good, Patki said. The office space is also used by a few other start-ups to operate from and that too for free.
“We encourage anything that is innovative and needs the push to excel. Being a start-up ourselves we are aware of the kind of struggles that they might be going through and so every little help counts,” he said. In addition to all of this, reviews every six months by reviewers that the workers themselves select and not having the regular corporate divisions like a human resource department etc, are also things that they follow. Suyog’s wife Avani Patki looks after the responsibilities of an HR department but her designation is culture consultant at this venture. Rapid Circle India was voted number one partner by Microsoft in the Healthcare domain in 2015 and is also one of their gold partners for Cloud. They also have teams working in Amsterdam and Europe.
It was not a smooth ride
Apart from people not trusting that the venture would do well since it started off under a metal sheet roof, the biggest challenge is to ensure that the ‘values’ that Patki and the other founders are trying to stay away from does not creep in from some way. “Since we are a people-driven place, we train everyone here to take interviews so that they can choose their own co-workers. By picking people who share the same passion as ours we know for a fact that the leniency that we offer won’t be taken advantage of,” Patki said. When they started off there were a lot of technicalities that they weren’t aware of and so mistakes were a given. Even so it is important to learn from them and grow, the team believes.
Originally published on The Golden Sparrow