Cloud-first! From on-prem!

Facctum inaugurated its Bangalore office on 27th July. We also used the opportunity to bring everyone in Facctum to this brand-new office for an entire week. We spent the week experiencing the very thoughtfully designed facilities of the new office. The sense of belonging was palpable almost as soon as we walked in. Until this inauguration, the Facctum team – now almost touching 30, hadn’t ever gathered in one physical place let alone spend a full week together. What an amazing week it was!! We had icebreakers, two separate hackathons, a session each on culture / values, ways of working, Product Roadmap, Path to Revenue, Customer Experience, and team-building activities including a hugely exciting race around Bangalore on the same theme as the Amazing Race, solving riddles in Escape Rooms, and dinner/drinks every night to talk shop and have fun at the same time.

Everyone was not here just physically but fully present mentally and emotionally. The time we spent together will forever be cherished. It brought all of us closer and finally the pieces started to all fit in and we all felt very energized. Post the week-long fun-and-tech-fest, the velocity has gone up, and collaboration has increased significantly. A simple proof-point of this was our All Hands call last week during which, everyone switched on their cameras with most proudly wearing Facctum T-shirts. The smiles, confidence, clarity, and camaraderie were on display like never before. The entire team felt 200% more engaged and connected.

The office itself was built over the previous 3 months at frantic pace – architecture, design, and construction elements that all needed to come together – a lot of moving parts all at the same time –very different from a large corporate throwing money and resources at such challenges. For us, we needed to keep costs as low as practical which meant getting personally involved in designing every small detail, to build a modern and efficient place to collaborate. The entire project was done in a true start-up style. We set a milestone – half of it was based on plans and estimates and the other half just on whim. We went all out to achieve the milestone as you do in a start-up and, while we could not achieve our milestone fully on time, we came very close to it as we overran by only 2-3 weeks – expected in any start-up.

We created wonderful moments throughout the week. In 3-5 years, we shall all look back at this week and know it was a defining moment.

Facctum is currently spread across three locations – Pune, Bangalore, and London. These are all long-term strategic locations for us – hence, we intend to build our own offices in Pune and London in time to come as we grow our employee and client base. Until then, we will continue to operate from co-working offices in Pune and London. Here is hoping that I am writing another blog in about a year’s time on our new office opening in Pune.

Audere est facere

The early months are critical for any start-up, and they certainly are for Facctum too. We have been thinking hard about the kind of culture we want at Facctum. In simple words, we are striving for a ‘connected’ culture. Our colleagues, customers, and partners to be always connected. Many exciting steps are being taken to achieve this – none more exciting than the highly talented colleagues already on board and several more in the pipeline, and another equally exciting project is our in-progress office at Vaswani Augusta @ Embassy Golf Links Road in Bengaluru. 

We have had multiple debates on the pros and cons of getting our own office. Do we really need it? In the end, we decided in favour of it because we believe that an office is the ideal setting to learn, contribute, challenge, and produce. Collaboration at all levels is key to building connected culture. We want to motivate rather than mandate. So now we are working hard to create a safe environment where our colleagues can enjoy their work, collaborate with one another, and achieve their objectives as well as those of Facctum. Our office represents a force for unity, stability. positivity, direction, and celebration. We, at Facctum, are passionate about real interactions – we want debates, discussions, and then decisions – all to enable our colleagues as well as Facctum to achieve our full potential. We want to work hard for our customers – we will go to any length for customer success. The design of our office is being done to create a modern setup with a clean and cosy experience. As employees seek greater connection with fellow colleagues and aspire to be part of a cohesive team, we believe that creating more opportunities to engage in team settings, especially for our younger colleagues, will accelerate learning and development for all colleagues at Facctum. When the day is not going well, an office setting can also be immensely helpful for emotional bonding. We will surely have a few of those days! 

We are looking forward to move-in by July 1st – hoping to see our colleagues forge friendships, build relationships, and we invite you to come and experience Facctum at its best at our new Bengaluru location. We have colleagues in Pune and London locations, and these are and will remain strategic locations for Facctum. While we aren’t yet getting our own offices in these locations, we are still as committed to providing an office environment for our colleagues from co-working locations. After all, it is not about the office; it is all about belonging. 

We look forward to welcoming customers, prospects, partners, and of course our current and future Facctum colleagues.