Building & Managing Technology Teams in Asia 1: The Tech Conundrum

In Asian countries, most mobile-web technology start-ups have found major difficulties in building technology teams. A few factors contributed to the problem, with lack of talent being the most common cited reason. Other factors include weak entrepreneurial ecosystem and inactive programming communities. Any start-up founder with a business background will tend towards outsourcing the building of the technology to freelance programmers or programming houses as a result. The problem is also endemic in large technology companies in Asia. The common argument put forward by most business owners is cost effectiveness. However, drawing from various anecdotal evidence, the small and medium business owners tend to end up spending more. In the first of the series, I want to debunk the cost argument and reveal some hidden costs in building technology that most business owners do not see that would come back to bite them in near future, and present this conundrum of whether to build an team within the organization or outsourcing the technology to freelance programmers or programming houses in a clearer light. Continue reading Building & Managing Technology Teams in Asia 1: The Tech Conundrum