Kerala is immensely fertile with highly talented IT professionals
Abin Jose Tom, CEO of the startup WebandCraft and Kerala’s youngest CEO, in conversation with Sanil Augustine.
How do you look at Kerala in terms of qualified IT professionals?
Kerala is immensely fertile with highly talented IT professionals who have proven their skills over the years and for the rest who are yet to explore their talents this is the precise time for one to prove their worth to the world. Currently there are six Keralities who are working for our organization and I believe this number is going to ascend in the near future.
How far the government and its IT policies help the growth of IT here in Kerala and at the same time the kind support you expect from the Govt. of Kerala to promote the IT industry?
As we are new in this field and operate as a startup we strictly adhere to the policies which are set by the government and its IT policies even though me yet to explore these terms and policies in depth.
What are the plans and polices that you as the CEO of an IT firm wish to put forth for the further growth of IT and predominantly of Kerala?
Each individual appearing in this world has genius hidden inside. Find it, drag it out and grow beyond the horizons. Set a goal and earnestly work for that.
How far Software Technology Parks of India (STPI) and Special Economic Zone (SEZ) helping young entrepreneurs in setting up IT firms?
Instead of commenting as a whole I assume it would be wise to analyze my case as an example of a young entrepreneur. According to me, these parks have played a vital role in realizing my dreams as from the phase of commencement of our organization we were offered with supreme resources and dedicated services to aid us a rich ambience.
Kerala always carries a bag tag ‘NOT INVESTMENT FRIENDLY’ (frequent hartal) and did your perception change over the years and how do you differentiate Kerala from other states, in terms of IT growth?
Kerala as we know is God’s own country and has been a great place for me and my team to work except the factor of frequent harthals which is one major hindrance for the smooth flow as it effects all the Plot and Plan which we strategize in accomplishing our tasks. I personally assume these harthals has got a role in dwelling a negative feel to the IT growth in Kerala compared to the other states.
What brought you to Thrissur, to be precise to Infopark-Thrissur?
I had a dream to set up my company in a location which has a rich ambience for enhancing our growth and wished to provide my employees with ample resources dwelling themselves the zeal to work to produce elite results.
How far Infopark and the infrastructure facilities provided here helping the growth of the company?
I have completed one year of success journey by the end of August 2012 in Infopark. I would like to strategize my life at Infopark in three phases
Past: Infopark had been of elite help by aiding me with ample support and motivation without which my dreams would have remained in the darkness and would have never blossomed.
Present: At present we are on the stage of expanding but unfortunately we are not helped with sufficient space and it is affecting our growth to a great extent.
Future: I believe my future will be supremely prosperous as the current issue pertaining to the limited space will be solved with the emerging of the 2nd phase of Infopark
How do you look at your company’s growth having set up your operations here in Infopark-Thrissur?
I believe, it’s a tough ask for a startup company to attain heights without a prestigious banner even though they possess elite quality. Fortunately, Webandcrafts’ entry to this privileged park turned out to be a blessing in disguise for us as the quality along with the brand name of Infopark has played a pivotal role in our growth and in the future years it’s going to even play bigger with the emergence of the new phase of Infopark.
What would be your ‘one line message’ for the company that plans to set up its operations at Infopark-Thrissur?
“One should possess a honest mind to service people with pure quality not hassling about the profit and fame”. Trust me, this mantra is going to spin you wonders as it has done for me.