I recently called on Zimbabwean developers to be ready for a lot of jobs from around the world. We have interacted with a few companies from Europe and North America who are interested in recruiting techies from our backyard to outsource jobs to them. We already told you you about Secret Source who are recruiting a General Manager.
One such company based in the UK is headed by Simon, a guy originally from Zimbabwe. Simon will share his story below and invite you to be part of his organisation himself. Once you respond to the call, Techzim will conduct the initial screening according to the specific guidelines we have been given.
Here is Simon telling his story himself:
The year is 2009, it was 5am and the sun had just began to rise on a lovely September morning in the sunshine city of Harare, I had just finished squashing out the last bug on my test sheet for a custom framework I had been working on for a good 12 months.
Exactly a year before, I had been sitting on the early morning train travelling from Birmingham (which is in the centre of the UK) down to the South Coast (southernmost part of the UK) to work. I was the lead software developer on a massive CRM serving a few blue chip companies. It was on these long 3 hour train journeys (2 times a week) that I would be dreaming up & conceptualising a framework that I hoped would make my job easier. I named it the ‘Backbone’.
The Backbone was birthed out of the frustration encountered by developers worldwide, when a client who has no foresight of the negative impact the change they are asking you to make will cause or they ask you to remove the same functionality that they so adamantly asked you to add just a week before and expect this to not make the solution unstable. If you are a developer you will know exactly how this feels, excuse me, I digress.
All major bugs squashed, I could now focus on building some stuff. Thanks to the power and speed of developing on the new framework, I went on to develop some of my best work for the Zimbabwean market throughout 2009 and in to 2013. Here are a few I can mention, Lendme, Zimbile.com (mobile website builder), Findaquote.co.zw and a variety of CRMs for the NGO & Government sector.
Fast forward 10 years, the very same Backbone (with obvious improvements over the years) is supporting world renowned Universities, NGOs, businesses and Governmental bodies capture, process and manage hundreds of thousands of applications every year from applicants and prospective students from across 45 countries under my new company Action Starter. (www.actionstarter.co.uk)
Hello my name is Simon Kaguramamba, co-founder of Action Starter a UK company focused on turning ‘Data Into Action’. As an award-winning, fast-growing technology company here in the UK our biggest challenge is getting a hold of the right technical talent at the right time.
Appreciating that we live in an expanding global world and the recent changes in the Zimbabwean political climate, appreciating that Zimbabwe has a good crop of experienced developers, affordable access to broadband internet across the country and the fact that the majority of developers have no problem communicating in good fluent English, we have decided to look a lot closer at Zimbabwean developers. We are looking to connect and work with experienced Zim based developers as a way to further expand our distributed team.
Interested in join us on this mission?