Technossus partners Ravnish Bhalla, Giri Kalluri and Kevin Castle joined fellow 2014 Inc. 500|5000 honorees at the JW Marriott in Phoenix, AZ for the Inc. 5000 Conference and Awards Ceremony.  This year’s event feted the achievements of the companies that appear on Inc.’s prestigious ranking of America’s fastest-growing privately held companies, and featured high-profile speakers and networking receptions focused on entrepreneurship and business innovation.

Dubbed “The Oscars of Entrepreneurship,” the event featured a number of keynote presentations, including talks from Michael Dell, Founder and CEO of Dell; Hamdi Ulukaya, Founder and CEO of Chobani; Kip Tindell, Founder, chairman and CEO of The Container Store; and Marcus Lemonis, star of the CNBC entrepreneurship-based television show The Profit.  Other featured events included topical breakout sessions led by esteemed business leaders, networking cocktail receptions and a closing Black-Tie Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony.

This year marks the second consecutive year that Technossus has made the Inc. 5000 list, capping off another successful period of continued growth and success for the company.  Speaking from the event, Technossus founder and CEO Ravnish Bhalla remarked, “This is truly a great setting to be sharing our success with other entrepreneurs, and a terrific forum for exchanging ideas and experiences with some of the great minds of business.”

For more information on the event, visit http://conference.inc.com.

Technossus corporate headquarters is in Orange County, CA and last night, our leadership joined the OC Tech Alliance in recognizing some of the most inspirational companies and individuals in Orange County’s vibrant tech scene. Congratulations to all the winners!

High-Tech Innovation Awards – CEO’s and Companies

Large Company CEO: Jim Peterson Microsemi
Mid-size Company CEO: Simon Arkell Predixion Software
Large Outstanding Technology Company: WD (Western Digital)
Mid-size Outstanding Technology Company: Telogis

High-Tech Innovation Awards – Product/Technology Categories

Clean Tech / Green: ViridiSTOR LLCThe ViridiSTOR Solution
Cloud / SaaS / Web Platform Solutions: WD (Western Digital)My Cloud Personal Cloud
Consumer Devices & Software: SensyTouch Inc.: Projected Capacitive Multi-touch System
Cyber Security: Sekur.Me, Inc.: Sekur Me
Enterprise Hardware & Devices: Airwolf 3D: Airwolf 3D HDX
Enterprise Software: Levyx, Inc.: Helium
Semiconductors: Conexant: CX20921 Far Field Voice / Speech Processing SOC
Mobile & Wearable Technology: Martian Watches: Martian Notifier

Innovation in Education Awards

In addition to the corporate awards, the event also partnered with Project Tomorrow, a national education nonprofit group based in Orange County, for the Innovation in Education Awards.
Innovative Schoolwide Program of the Year in Science, Math & Technology:
Jose Sepulveda Elementary School – Science and Health Focus Program
High Impact Teacher of the Year in Science, Math & Technology:
Ed Hernandez – Tustin High School, 9-12 Engineering / Math Teacher
Emerging Student Innovator of the Year in Science, Math & Technology:
Samantha Langit – Aliso Viejo High School, 10th Grade

Nominees

And as they say, it is an honor just to be nominated, and even those that did not take home awards were an impressive collection of OC’s finest technologists and technologies. Congratulations to all those nominated!

CEO Nominees:

Joey Benadretti, CEO SYSPRO
Tom Edman, CEO TTM Technologies
Dean Stoecker, CEO Alteryx
Feyzi Fatehi, CEO Corent Technology

Corporate Nominees:

Astronics Test Systems
Bitcentral
Compo Energy, Inc.
Corent Technology
D-Link
Kareo
Kofax, Inc.
Local Corporation (Krillion)
Netlist, Inc.
Phoenix Energy Technologies
TTM Technologies
SecureAuth Corporation
SRCH2
STEALTHbits Technologies
SYSPRO
VIZIO

What makes a great developer?  Whether you are a developer yourself or are in the business of hiring developers, this is an important question to answer.  As a developer, just knowing what it takes to stand above the rest can be key to success.  From a business management perspective, knowing what makes a good developer for your organization guides recruiting decisions and helps to ensure the individual is the right fit for the role for which they are being considered.

Unfortunately, this question is almost as hard to answer as it is important.  Often, the best developers seem to come from the least likely places and show no indication of their rock star nature during the typical interview process.  Other times, it’s obvious from the first brief conversation that someone could do great things for a project or company.  Even after working with a developer for years, it can be difficult to nail down exactly what makes one developer better than the next.  There are a few common threads, however, that I have found over the years of interviewing, hiring and working with developers that distinguish great developers from the rest.  Regardless of the role or organization, a developer without these qualities will not contribute as much as a developer with them.

The four pillars of a great software developer:

1.Has a Passion to Learn
2.Communicates Well
3.Takes Pride in their Work
4.Gets Stuff Done

There is purposefully nothing in this list that is specific to software development, or even technology at all.  I have found that specific technical prowess or years of experience are surprisingly poor indicators that an individual will be a great developer.  Technology in general and software development in particular changes almost daily and only those that can adapt will excel.  It is common to run into developers with 15+ experience that a fresh college graduate can run circles around in nearly all aspects of their trade.  The more experienced developer may not be able to adapt and suffers from what is referred to as “15 years of 1 year of experience” – i.e., they learned for one year and have been doing that same thing ever since.

That said, let’s define what each of these traits actually mean.

1. Has a Passion to Learn

Technology changes.  Software development technologies change *fast*.  If you aren’t learning new things constantly in this industry, you are going to fall behind quickly.  Great developers know this and are driven to learn new things as a matter of habit.  Ask a great developer what they plan to learn next and you will usually have a laundry list of technologies, frameworks, platforms and tools that they want to sink their teeth into.

Great developers aren’t satisfied with maintaining the status quo and are happiest when they are pushing their boundaries.  Being comfortable in the uncomfortable is something that is innate in some and a learned trait in others, but important either way.  By continuing to push and learn, the path is paved towards further learning and production.

2. Communicates Well

The idea of the solo basement hacker building the next big thing without the support of a team is glorified, but impractical.  Beyond the most basic of businesses, more than one person will be necessary to bring an idea to fruition.  Without a strong line of communication, plans tend to break down fairly quickly.

Highly technical people can talk about their work fluently.  Look at some of the most productive developers in existence (think John Carmack, Oculus CTO and legendary creator of Doom) and note how they can talk for hours on very technical topics without losing their nearly always less technical audience. It is a skill that indicates someone has reached another level with their technical knowledge.

Of all of the traits of a great developer this is possibly the rarest to find.  The significance of good communication is often mentioned in recruiting efforts, but it isn’t normally made a top priority of technical interviewing and in the ultimate hiring decision.  This is a mistake both from an interpersonal skill assessment and from a technical assessment.

3. Takes Pride in Their Work

A developer has to care about their work.  Like the rest of the traits of great developers, this can be applied to nearly any occupation, but it particularly important for software.  Software development isn’t always sexy or glamorous.  It often consists of slogging through mundane tasks for days or weeks at a time in order to take a project to completion.  Great developers take even the most basic tasks, however, and turn them into something that they can be proud of.

A developer that takes pride in their work will write cleaner, more consistent code.  They will also be able to motivate themselves and others to just get stuff done.

4. Gets Stuff Done

All of the brilliance and talent in the world is useless without a drive to take a given task to completion.  If the Golden Gate Bridge spanned only 99% of the San Francisco Bay but was then abandoned for the next project, it would be useless.  Similarly, if the original developers at Google completed their entire search engine then never bothered with the menial task of developing the webpage with a search box for users, it would not have been particularly useful.

Developers are notoriously attracted to the novel; drawn to the next big thing.  Great developers temper that predilection with the motivation to take projects to completion.  You may have heard about the idea of the “10X Developer”; the developer that is worth 10 times the amount of a “regular” line developer.  What gives them this label?  It isn’t that they are 10 times smarter, or that they have 10 times as much experience.  At the end of the day, they get 10 times as much work done and this ultimately is what defines much of their worth to a project or company.

So Where Do I Find Great Developers?

After defining what a great developer is, the next logical question would be, “How do I find great developers?”  This is a useful question to ask whether you are hiring software developers or are looking for a place to work to surround yourself with high level talent.

Look for future posts where I’ll explain my process for identifying and hiring the best developers around.
Harrison Spain
Director of Software Development

Technossus

Irvine, CA, 9/22/14 – Technology consulting and software solutions provider Technossus has been recognized by the Orange County Business Journal (OCBJ) as one of the fastest-growing private companies in Orange County for the second consecutive year.  Recording an impressive 85% revenue growth from June 2012 through June 2014, the company ranked 47th in the Journal’s 2014 “Fastest-Growing Private Companies: Small Companies” list.

The 88 businesses recognized on this year’s list nearly doubled their growth over the last two years, and increased their combined Orange County workforce by more than 75%.  Companies on the list operating in the technology services arena realized higher than average growth, reflecting the larger surge of technology services-related economic development in the local area.

With year-over-year average annual growth of 130%, Technossus has been riding a wave of success and profitability since their founding in 2008.  Speaking about the ranking, Technossus COO Giri Kalluri said, “We are excited to once again be recognized as one of the fastest-growing private companies operating in such a dynamic and thriving business community.  With a large segment of our business coming from the local area, and we remain focused on helping to drive Orange County economic growth, and we are especially grateful to our local clients who continue to trust us with their varied business technology needs.”

In addition to the OCBJ ranking, Technossus was also recently recognized in Inc. Magazine’s annual ranking of “America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies,” placing in the top 17% of an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing companies. Among all Inc. 5000 companies, Technossus also ranked 73rd among the fastest-growing private software companies nationwide.

About Technossus

Founded in 2008, Technossus is an Irvine, CA-based software solutions and technology consulting company providing platform solutions and custom application development to key business verticals, with particular knowledge and expertise in the Healthcare and Life Sciences industries.

Irvine, CA – Technossus has once again earned the distinction of being one of the fastest-growing private companies in America, according to Inc.’s annual “500|5000 Fastest Growing Companies in America” ranking, which was released in the magazine’s September, 2014 issue.

Technossus ranked in the top 17% of the nation’s fastest growing companies this year. Of the software companies nationwide that made the list, Technossus ranked 73rd, as well as 57th among all of the companies on the list headquartered in the Los Angeles Metro Area.

The companies featured on this year’s list represent the highest level of entrepreneurialism, and the industries they operate in are diverse and many. According to Inc. editor Eric Schurenberg, despite the variety of business types making up this year’s list, what remains constant are “…the themes of guts, determination, and endurance that somehow find their way into most stories of entrepreneurial success.”

Technossus has grown rapidly since being founded in 2008, recording a 130% average year over year growth rate from 2008 through 2013. Explaining the company’s impressive trajectory, CEO Ravnish Bhalla explains, “It’s all about creating and nurturing the right environment for fostering creativity and innovative thinking. When our talented group of people work collaboratively in that kind of environment, that’s when great things happen.”

Complete results of the Inc. 500|5000, including company profiles, methodology and an interactive database, can be found at www.inc.com/5000.

About Technossus

Founded in 2008, Technossus is an Irvine, CA-based software solutions and technology consulting company providing platform solutions and custom application development to key business verticals, with particular knowledge and expertise in the Healthcare and Life Sciences industries.

Hong Kong– The technical “dream team” from Technossus LLC, a software solutions company based in Irvine, CA, took home the top honor at the MoDev Hong Kong 2014 Forum, Disruptathon & Hackathon for their education-based mobile sharing application, which they aptly named “Maestro.” This achievement marks the third major Hackathon win in a row for the Technossus team, and their first win overseas. Their previous two Hackathon wins have the distinction of being awarded at the inaugural and second annual MoDev Hackathons held at the CES International Convention in Las Vegas, the largest app event in the world.

The second annual Hong Kong Hackathon competition, which was part of MoDev’s larger Hong Kong 2014 event and coincided with Interactive Hong Kong’s International IT Fest 2014, consisted of 16 teams made up of winners of past Hackathons from the U.S., China and Hong Kong. Technossus senior team members Chris Woolum, Harrison Spain and Aurelio Agundez and Kevin Castle logged in over six development hours at a custom computing space in Cyberport, Hong Kong’s technology and digital hub, to develop their concept. The event also featured panel discussions and presentations by international technology business leaders in the rapidly growing mobility marketplace.

The winning team’s Windows 8 based app features the new Microsoft Unification framework – officially introduced at the company’s recent MS Build conference in San Francisco – which seeks to create a shared experience between phone, tablet and PC. Their combined efforts resulted in two complete, interconnected apps using the common framework: a desktop app designed for teacher administration of tests and assignments, and an interactive phone app designed for students to easily take tests, view results, and receive learning incentives and accolades, among other things.

Summing up the experience, Technossus CTO and Hackathon team member Kevin Castle said, “This event was a great experience for both participants and attendees alike. MoDev, Hong Kong Computer Society and Cyberport provided a truly collaborative environment that inspired the teams to information share and create. Technossus was honored to be part of such an esteemed group of mobile computing innovators.”

Technossus LLC is a multinational software solutions and technology consulting company with corporate offices in Irvine, CA. Founded in 2008, Technossus has experienced tremendous growth in recent years, expanding rapidly within key business verticals including Healthcare and Life Sciences. Technossus recently ranked in the top 12% of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies, and placed 53rd of the top 100 software companies in the U.S., according to Inc. magazine’s annual 500|5000 ranking of the fastest-growing companies in America.

Las Vegas, NV – Technossus is two for two, once again taking home the top prize at the second annual CEA MoDev Hackathon at the 2014 International CES in Las Vegas – on the heels of their first Hackathon win at the first CES event in 2013. This year’s Hackathon, which took place January 7 at the Venetian Hotel, featured over 30 teams from around the world tasked with creating an iOS, Android or Windows-based mobile application from scratch in just eight hours.

This year, primary sponsor the Travel Channel awarded the top prize to the app that best complements, improves or extends the Travel Channel Cities app. The Technossus team of Jay Esquerra, Kevin Castle, Harrison Spain and Chris Woolum won the top prize of over $20,000 for their entry “Journey Together”, a Windows 8 tablet application that enables users to share travel and trip information on their social networks, along with information from other sources of travel data such as Yelp, Trip Advisor and Travel Channel Cities, to create a shared, dynamic itinerary. Summing up the event, Technossus CTO Kevin Castle said, “Our ongoing involvement in the MoDev Hackathon competition and participating at CES has been a terrific way to promote the growth of new technologies like mobile and wireless, and to showcase Technossus’ significant capabilities in these areas.”

Technossus LLC is a multinational software solutions and technology consulting company with corporate offices in Irvine, CA. Founded in 2008, Technossus has experienced tremendous growth in recent years, expanding rapidly within key business verticals including Healthcare and Life Sciences. Technossus recently ranked in the top 12% of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies, and placed 53rd of the top 100 software companies in the U.S., according to Inc. magazine’s annual 500|5000 ranking of the fastest-growing companies in America.

Irvine, CA – Technossus ranked an impressive 18th place on the Orange County Business Journal’s (OCBJ’s) annual ranking of the Top 100 Fastest-Growing Orange County-Based Private Companies. With a two-year revenue surge of 435%, the Irvine-based technology consulting and software solutions provider has experienced rapid growth since being founded in 2008, surpassing even growing Fortune 500 companies on the list.

The full 2013 list includes 165 companies with combined revenues totaling $21.5 billion and a 40% average growth rate. Companies include OC-based businesses owned by individuals, groups, families, venture capitalists, private equity firms and other investors. “We are thrilled to be ranked among other highly successful companies operating in the vibrant and diverse Orange County business community. We have every intention of sustaining this rapid growth rate through the ongoing pursuit of business technology opportunities in current and emerging markets,” said Technossus CEO Ravnish Bhalla.

Technossus also recently ranked 620th in Inc. Magazine’s 7th annual Inc. 500|5000, placing them in the top 12.4% of an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy—America’s independent entrepreneurs. Among all Inc. 5000 companies, Technossus also ranked 53rd on the list of Top 100 Software Companies and 48th on the ranking of Top Companies in the Los Angeles Metro Area. Technossus has grown tremendously since 2009, increasing revenue by 741%.

Technossus LLC is a multinational software solutions and technology consulting company with corporate offices in Irvine, CA. Founded in 2008, Technossus has experienced tremendous growth in recent years, expanding rapidly within key business verticals including Healthcare and Life Sciences.

The OCBJ fastest-growing private companies list includes companies that had annual sales of at least $300,000 for the 12 months through June 2013. This year’s list required companies to show at least 15% growth in revenue for the 12 months through June 2013 compared to the same period two years ago. Additional information about this list and other OCBJ rankings can be found at www.ocbj.com

Irvine, CA – Inc. magazine today ranked Technossus #620 on its seventh annual Inc. 500|5000, placing them in the top 12.4% of an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy—America’s independent entrepreneurs.

Technossus also ranked 53rd in Top 100 Software Companies and 48th in Top Companies in Los Angeles Metro Area among all Inc. 5000 companies. Technossus has grown tremendously since 2009, increasing revenue by 741%.

As an Inc. 5000 honoree, Technossus now shares a pedigree with Intruit, Zappos, Under Armour, Microsoft, Jamba Juice, Timberland, Clif Bar, Pandora, Patagonia, Oracle, and dozens of other notable recent alumni.

“This did not happen by chance. This happened because we really are a company of exceptional people. I have no doubt in my mind that this is just a glimpse of what lies ahead of us, and I for one certainly want to make a habit of it.”  said Technossus’ CEO, Ravnish Bhalla.

In a stagnant economic environment, median growth rate of 2013 Inc. 500|5000 companies is an impressive 142 percent. The companies on this year’s list report having created over 520,000 jobs in the past three years, and aggregate revenue among the honorees reached $241 billion.

“Not all the companies in the Inc. 500|5000 are in glamorous industries, but in their fields they are as famous as household name companies simply by virtue of being great at what they do. They are the hidden champions of job growth and innovation, the real muscle of the American economy,” says Inc. Editor Eric Schurenberg.

Complete results of the Inc. 500|5000, including company profiles and an interactive database, can be found at www.inc.com/5000. Technossus 500|5000 listing can be found at www.inc.com/profile/technossus.

About Technossus

Technossus LLC is a multi-national software solutions consultancy with corporate offices in Irvine, CA. Founded in 2008, Technossus has experienced tremendous growth in recent years expanding within a variety of business verticals, especially Healthcare and Life Sciences.

Technossus is an award-winning Microsoft Gold Partner with a unique solutions-based approach to delivering quality software along with value options that can be realized through the availability of Technossus associates in residence offshore.

Methodology

The 2013 Inc. 500|5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2009 to 2012. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2009. They had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent—not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies—as of December 31, 2012. (Since then, a number of companies on the list have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2009 is $100,000; the minimum for 2012 is $2 million. As always, Inc. reserves the right to decline applicants for subjective reasons. Companies on the Inc. 500 are featured in Inc.’s September issue. They represent the top tier of the Inc. 5000, which can be found at www.inc.com/500.

Irvine, CA – Technossus has completed the move of their corporate headquarters from Newport Beach to Irvine, CA. The new location, though just minutes from their former offices in Newport Beach, now provides easy access from both the 405 and 55 freeways.

The move to larger offices marks another milestone in what has been an ongoing pattern of growth and expansion for the software company since its inception. “This move presented us with an opportunity to update our physical environment and better position ourselves for future growth, all in a more accessible location. So we’re very pleased with the outcome,” said Ravnish Bhalla, the company’s CEO.

Technossus LLC is a multi-national software solutions consultancy with corporate offices in Irvine, CA. Founded in 2008, Technossus has experienced tremendous growth in recent years expanding within a variety of business verticals, especially Healthcare and Life Sciences.

Technossus is an award-winning Microsoft Gold Partner with a unique solutions-based approach to delivering quality software along with value options that can be realized through the availability of Technossus associates in residence offshore.

Las Vegas, NV – A technical team fielded by Technossus, a Newport Beach, CA based software company just hours before the competition, has captured Grand Prize honors at the 2013 CES Hackathon. In a compelling story of talent, resourcefulness, and adaptability, the team created the concept of their “Travel Social” application on the plane ride to Las Vegas the night before, determining major design features the morning of the competition even as things got underway. Twenty-six teams of up to four people competed in the event, where teams worked for eight hours developing apps that incorporated aspects of travel or adventure.

The Grand Prize winning “Travel Social” is a Windows 8 application that allows users to select a travel destination and use social networks to tell them all about where they’re going and what’s popular there. You can see what’s going on there before you arrive, or use the information to determine your ideal destination. After entering the destination, you can then select from popular hash tags at that location to pull rich content from Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & Flickr. The content is presented through an interface that allows you to easily browse through commentary and pictures without ever having to leave the Travel Social app.

The team attending the hackathon, comprised of Jay Esquerra, Kevin Castle, Chris Woolum and Aurelio Agundez, won the overall Grand Prize from Travel Channel, 1st Prize from Kii, and 2nd Prize from Microsoft. Prizes included cash totaling $6000, 1 year of Kii Cloud at Garage Level, Dr. Dre headphones and Microsoft Surface tablets for each participant.

Technossus LLC is an award winning Microsoft Gold Partner with a unique solutions-based approach to building quality software along with value options that can be realized through the availability of Technossus associates in residence offshore.

Newport Beach, CA — Glen Osako of Microsoft presented Ravnish Bhalla, CEO of Technossus LLC, a Microsoft Gold Partner, with the Microsoft Partner for Success Award at an event at the Microsoft corporate offices in Newport Beach, CA today. The award was presented in acknowledgement of a partnering effort between Technossus and Technisource that produced a revenue outcome in excess of $350,000 during fourth quarter, 2011.

Technossus LLC is a multi-national software solutions consultancy with corporate offices in Newport Beach, CA and Ludhiana, India and associates currently in Orange and San Diego Counties, Los Angeles, and Phoenix AZ. Founded in 2008, Technossus has experienced tremendous growth in recent years expanding within a variety of business verticals including Healthcare, Life Sciences, Laboratories, Entertainment, Retail & Logistics, Insurance, Commercial Construction, and Financial Services.

Technossus is an award winning Microsoft Gold Partner with a unique solutions-based approach to building quality software along with value options that can be realized through the availability of Technossus associates in residence offshore.

Newport Beach, CA, — Technossus LLC, in response to significant growth in 2011 has moved their enterprise to larger offices in Suite 100 at 4000 Mac Arthur Blvd. The company indicated they were pleased to be able to stay at their current address while leasing more space that will support their current rate of growth while providing them with future options as well. Fueled by a unique solutions-based approach and a talented and energized staff, the privately held company has lofty goals for 2012, and great confidence in its ability to hit their mark.

Technossus LLC is a multi-national software solutions consultancy with corporate offices in Newport Beach, CA and Ludhiana, India and associates currently in Orange and San Diego Counties, Los Angeles, and Phoenix AZ. Founded in 2008, Technossus has experienced tremendous growth in recent years expanding within a variety of business verticals including Healthcare, Life Sciences, Laboratories, Entertainment, Retail & Logistics, Insurance, Commercial Construction, and Financial Services.

Technossus is an award winning Microsoft Gold Partner with a unique solutions-based approach to building quality software along with value options that can be realized through the availability of Technossus associates in residence offshore.

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