Showcasing their dedication and growing interest in India, Microsoft-owned software development platform and community Github this week announced their plans to hire a new General Manager for their India operations.
Nat Freidman, the CEO at GitHub tweeted this week that as India is their third largest community, they are making major investments here, “starting with a GM to build our office from the ground up.” Friedman added, “We’re looking for an entrepreneurial, experienced leader who understands developers.”
According to a job posted shared by Freidman and posted online, GitHub is looking for the following qualities in their India GM:
- Engage the developer and student communities in India to understand needs, provide opportunities to learn and collaborate and expand access to GitHub
- Build a Developer Relations team and ongoing rhythm for community engagement, including events, sharing, and networking
- Drive community connections and collaboration outcomes in terms of co-development projects, learning
- Build relationships with Maintainers, thought leaders and influentials to help guide and build community
In January this year, GitHub’s parent company Microsoft had announced that they would be implementing changes to the pricing. In a move to make software development more accessible to smaller groups of developers, Microsoft had announced that the option to make repositories private would now be free.
At the last count, the Indian subcontinent had over 5.2 million programmers. The US programmer population of 4.1 million shows that India has much more manpower in the programming field, which usually results in the creation of better technology.
This move, notwithstanding Microsoft’s approach to bringing on larger customers to GitHub, was an interesting opportunity in 2019 for Indian developers and startups. With the reduced barrier of entry and incentives of source control, this move by Microsoft will influence a change in the way Indian developers code.