The Uruguayan company, Kaizen Softworks, dedicated to software development, inaugurated its new offices and plans for 2018 to open a “technological hostel” that will house young people coming from other cities who work for the company.
First seen on InfoNegocios (Spanish).
Fabian Fernandez, CEO of Kaizen Softworks told InfoNegocios that the search for a new location for their offices took more than a year. “We started as a startup in the house of my partner’s father, we were running out of space in his house where we were already 17 people working there”, he said.
The new offices are located in Presidente Giro and Juan Ramon Gomez, in the Blanqueada area and have 5900 sq ft (550m2) distributed in six meeting rooms, an open space of approximately 4300 sq ft (400m2), 6 bathrooms, kitchen, dining room and an internal yard with barbecue. “We seek to make a very relaxed office with meeting rooms, ping pong and common spaces. We like the area of La Blanqueada because the location is tremendously good, we are in the middle of Montevideo where the main avenues meet and that makes any bus leave you at the door”, said Fernandez.
For next year Kaizen Softworks is already working on a new project that will consist of a “technological hostel”. As explained by the CEO of the company, the goal is to promote IT careers in other cities of the country by working in conjunction with educational institutions such as the University of Technology of Uruguay (UTEC), the technological high school Anima and Young Programmers (Jovenes a Programar by the Spanish name). “We want to help promote technology careers in other cities of the country because we know there is a need there and because in Montevideo it is sometimes difficult to get talent either because they are employed and well established or because the tech skill level is not enough good to us”, explained Fernandez.
The project will seek to employ young people from the interior of Uruguay who wish to work for Kaizen Softworks remotely, but who have the availability to stay at the “technological hostel” for one week per month or every two months. In this regard Fernandez said: “we believe that besides working remotely is convenient, it is just as important to get involved and meet people in person, so the idea is to come to work in the offices one week per month”.
Regarding the present of the company, Fernandez explained that they are working hard with the US market and that for 6 months is the only market they are dedicated to where they expect to continue growing during 2018. “We are achieving the vision we had when we started that was to create a company made by software developers for software developers. We are aiming to be twice as many people by the end of 2018 so we are going to have to step on the bottom and accelerate”, concluded the businessman.