Mr. Saurabh Sharma: A Forward-Thinker Reshaping the Software Development Industry with Ceaseless Passion


Mr. Saurabh Sharma | Sqaby Technologies

The IT industry has numerous trending verticals in its bouquet. Each day, the IT industry brews something or another that has the power to turn the tables in terms of cumulative growth rates. However, when it comes to building businesses online with the crucial support of software development, there is still a wide gap that needs to be looked at and taken care of.
Sqaby Technologies, led by Mr. Saurabh Sharma, provides unwavering support to businesses on their digital product development journey. The story of Mr. Saurabh Sharma founding Sqaby Technologies started when he saw a concerning problem statement. He saw that there were players in the industry who offered highly-priced solutions in the IT industry without a concrete justification. He knew that his inclination towards the IT industry would be his guiding light for filling this gap in the industry. With the vision of providing affordable yet robust IT solutions made with reliable technologies, he started Sqaby Technologies in 2020.
As a leader, he has shown complete transparency and integrity in his actions by taking only those projects for which he believes the company can deliver a quality solution for the client. Reflecting these values is the clientele portfolio, which comprises 150+ clients from all across the globe and over 200 projects completed in these years.
Bringing before our readers his story under the edition “10 Most Inspiring CTOS in Delhi 2024,” we aimed to bring such stories that serve as an inspiring example for aspiring entrepreneurs. Let’s dive into the conversation we had with Mr. Saurabh Sharma. We hope you will enjoy this interview and take away valuable learning from here!

Prime Insights: What are the values that you’ve incorporated in your company’s business model?

We were clear about the fact that we wanted to build an organization that proved its mettle as a beacon of innovation and expertise in the IT industry. Comprising a dynamic group of experts with diverse backgrounds, Sqaby Technologies is built on the pillars of knowledge and a customer-first approach. With an unwavering commitment to excellence, the company places a heavy emphasis on understanding its clients’ requirements to craft solutions that seamlessly align with their objectives.

Prime Insights: During the initial years of building your company, what were the major challenges you encountered?

When you’re building a startup specifically in the tech domain, hiring the right talent is the foremost hurdle any IT venture confronts. It was no different for Sqaby as well. During our hiring procedures, we encountered multiple instances where talents either had quite high salary demands or didn’t show faith in us. As we were in the seedling stage, we didn’t have lucrative projects in hand either. Hence, we had a tough time juggling between limited projects and the high-octane salary expectations of the market.
But with consistent efforts, we found our shining stars and built our dream team with multiple tests and trials. Today, the employees in our team are mavens at working with classic yet evergreen technologies and bring the best of their efforts to contribute to Sqaby’s sustained growth.

Prime Insights: Can you tell us about what type of talent the company upholds?

At Sqaby Technologies, we’re fortunate to have a team of skilled professionals who are experts in technologies like Flutter, Laravel, Node, and React. However, our focus extends beyond just technology. Our dedicated team of UI/UX and graphic designers prioritizes making our products not only functional but also visually appealing and easy to use. Meanwhile, our software-testing experts meticulously check for any issues to ensure smooth performance. Additionally, our HR team works diligently to attract and retain top talent in the industry. At Sqaby, we believe that success lies in creating products that are both functional and user-friendly, providing exceptional experiences for our customers.

Prime Insights: How have you managed to keep a balance between your professional and personal trance?

It is a task! At this moment, I am not able to manage this balance, which is not a great thing. Being a CTO, I have been working around 14 to 15 hours a day, and maintaining the balance is challenging for me.

Prime Insights: What are your thoughts on the essentiality of research and development in today’s business ecosystem?

I believe that R&D is like the salt you put in any dish. If it’s too little, you won’t get the desired taste, and if it’s too profound, you also won’t get the desired taste you’ve been looking for, right? Likewise, if we belittle research and development, then surely an organization cannot sustain itself in the long run. However, if you spend too much time on research and development, it is also not beneficial because, unless and until you launch your product in the market, you won’t get an understanding of whether it’s a fit or not.
We will soon be launching new products on the market, as they’re currently in the research and development phase. In the future as well, to achieve our targets, we will be expanding our team for the same.

Prime Insights: Talking about your company’s work culture, what are the qualities that motivate the employees to fulfill their responsibilities with consistency?

At Sqaby, we see our employees as our extended family. The inputs and hard work of each one of them are given equal importance. We are always keeping each other in the communication loop through meetings and calls to get to know each other’s’ concerns and interests. I proudly say that our environment is about working under healthy pressure and articulating a fair sense of competitiveness.

Prime Insights: Coming to value-driven leadership, what are the values that differentiate you as a leader? What are the leadership values that you strongly abide by?

I would say the foremost screening test for you as a leader is how you treat others. Becoming a leader is about how you help others grow along with you, because without my employees, I, as an individual, cannot build a respectable organization. Hence, I have made sure that I prioritize understanding and valuing them as individuals who hold a major stake in my growth and success. By fostering a positive and supportive environment, you can motivate them to actively engage in meetings and tasks. This approach not only cultivates a sense of belonging but also inspires them to initiate and execute tasks efficiently. These are the values I truly abide by as a leader, and I would love to see young leaders exhibiting the same.

Prime Insights: What is the one piece of advice you would like to share with young entrepreneurs in the IT industry or any industry in general?

For young entrepreneurs embarking on their journey, one crucial piece of advice is to focus on one project at a time. Rather than scattering your energy in multiple directions, devote yourself wholeheartedly to a project and chase success in that direction.
Profit shouldn’t be the immediate focus; instead, concentrate on the solution because, ultimately, your success is directly proportional to your satisfaction. Recognize that many clients may lack technical expertise; you have to dedicatedly sit with them and keep giving your continued support until they reach their goals. Success in entrepreneurship demands foresight and perseverance, understanding that immediate profits are often elusive, but sustained commitment yields enduring rewards.

Saurabh SharmaPrime Insights: What advice do you have for new-age founders and leaders who, in their hurry to build a startup, often find themselves losing momentum when confronted with challenges?

That’s a very important question we’re addressing here. Honestly, I’m seeing and probably forecasting that many startups will fail in the future because they’re misusing investor funds. Whenever a startup sees its vision for years to come, it’s essential to remember that when you’re using someone else’s money, there’s a tendency to invest in areas that might not be necessary.
With more money in hand, founders deviate from their sight and keep on expanding their reach or services without knowing whether they will sustain themselves as per the market’s conditions or not. We’ve seen this with certain education startups, for instance, which eventually find themselves in financial trouble. My advice here will be to run your operations with a “bootstrap” mindset as much as possible. The best path forward is to build your company with what you already have, whether it be resources, people, or finances. It’s about making the most of your resources and focusing on sustainable growth.

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