A few months back, a colleague of mine wrote an article about completing two years at Gate6 (shout out to Lad!). This inspired me to tell my side of the Gate6 story (and fess up to my age!). 2012 marks the 16th year of Gate6’s existence (formally Prismsoft) and the eighth year of my tenure here.
Before joining Gate6, I was working at a small company based in Chicago, which I joined right after completing my masters in New York. I had been working there for just two months when I got a call one day from an old friend about a position out west. I took a flight to Phoenix the very next day, arriving in the summer of 2004. And what a ride I was in for.
When I came on board, Gate6 was a small organization with four team members working out of a Phoenix office and approximately 18 staffed at our offshore office in Indore, India. At that time, Gate6 was mostly involved in building websites for small- to medium-sized businesses, just barely tapping into the up-and-coming field of digital marketing. I was hired to help Gate6 get started in the arena of custom software development, which involved building business automation applications for our customers.
As the customer base grew at Gate6, so did the complexity of the projects I was involved in. I can still remember the pride I felt at staff meetings, where I would jokingly mention that I was “managing the largest project.” Obviously, I had a great team who supported my boastful claims! With a team of young technology enthusiasts who were always pushing new, more efficient solutions, I was confident we would always meet the needs of our customers. And so it’s been for the past eight years. My team continues to earn the right to be called the “Awesome Department” here at Gate6!
The majority of projects that I’ve worked on over the last eight years have been different than the previous ones. Gate6 takes pride in the fact that we don’t stick to one vertical. Rather, we take a client’s business problem, work to understand it, and come up with a solution to increase their daily productivity.
To us, each new project is not just a business deal, but an opportunity to create a relationship with our customer. Over the years, I have spent time with my clients at various parties and social events, and even helped set up home computer networks. Whether we have an active project with a client or not, we strive to provide a level of service and appreciation that exceeds expectation. And it shows in the long-term relationships we’ve held with our clients for years.
In addition to providing me with challenging business problems to solve and contributing to my individual growth, our fearless leader, Manish, has his own way of keeping my (and every other team member’s) inner “geek” alive. He’s forever lavishing us with the latest toys (phone, tablet, etc.) to play with, which keeps me engaged and motivated to push through any project.
As mentioned by Lad in his earlier post, we have a great team with a plethora of talent, not just in our day-to-day work life, but outside of it as well. From team members who joined a year after me (hey, Jenna!) to the newcomers (too many to list), we enjoy each other’s company and are personally vested in the well-being of one another.
I have to agree with Lad that everyone at Gate6 has contributed to my growth as a professional as well as an individual. Every day starts with the excitement of taking on a new challenge and the knowledge that I have a great team to fall back on.