Co-Founder & CEO
Learn more on what the founders of Segwitz have to say.
Co-Founder & CEO
I am Mukesh Maran, co-founder and CEO of Segwitz. Founded Segwitz after 2 business failures. I started my first business at the age of 18, right after my high school. It came to a halt just after 12 months of running it. I then started Joe Games, a video game development startup, launching 4 mobile games which were all failures. While I was running Joe Games, I had to do extra things to generate money to be invested in Joe Games. That’s when I was offering IT Consultation and web development services as a freelancer. I have no resources or experience to run a business, but I do have a strong desire and drive. I had a vision. I always wanted to be a driving force of technology in South East Asia. Over time, the demand for my web development and IT Consultancy services keeps increasing. December of 2018, I decided to stop working on Joe Games and started Segwitz.
Since the age of 5, I have been a computer geek. I started coding at the age of 13 in C++. I went through a formal programming course where I was initially rejected due to age restrictions. I fought my way in, proving to the tutors I am worth the shot. I ended the course with the highest grade passing course.
I always know I wanted to run a software company and make it one of the biggest in the world. Since a tender age, I have been equipping myself with selling skills. At 7 years old, I was known as the guy who rides bicycles around the neighborhood helping the other guys installing games and fixing their computers. In school, I used to sell many different kinds of products appealing to the other students.
After the failure of my first business, I enrolled for a Diploma in Business Management, where while I used to skip a lot of classes to build my video game startup at that time which leads to the founding of Segwitz. I pretty much self-taught myself how to code and how to run a business. In 2020, I found a business coach who is now coaching me on how to build a million and billion-dollar company.
Segwitz has what it takes to grow into a giant and sit at the same table as IBM, SAP, Cognizant, and Infosys. It will take a long time before we are able to achieve that, but in the journey towards there, we would have touched hundreds of companies in digitizing them. In 2028, we are looking to become a public listed company in the ACE Market.
Our no 1 focus is to be a tech enabler for growing SMEs, corporates, and startups to become digitally-centered. While I was doing freelance IT consultants, what I was actually doing was helping companies who are in trouble for outsourcing their web or app projects to companies with no good track record or proper management or talents. I am like their superman who will come in and save them. Companies who are on track to investing in tech to leverage for growth do not really get what they paid for. I have come across a company that invested RM700,000 on building their web application, after 8 months what was delivered to them was nothing as they initially wanted. The delivered web application is not something worth RM700,000, it was more like something that is worth RM50,000.
I keep getting more and more calls from companies who facing issues with their software development vendors. One question kept going in my mind, this company allocated the right budget in developing their plans, they had a good digital roadmap, but why do a lot of software companies fail to deliver what they wanted. As I drill deep down into this, a lot of factors unfold.
Too many inexperienced entrants in the market. Running a software company is not just gathering a couple of developers. There are way a lot of other factors that need to be considered. Slowly I went from someone who saves companies in trouble to someone who builds the applicants for them.
We are the company that actually cares for our clients and the reason is we are all techies who love to be a part of every companies journey of digitizing. We want to be a part of a unicorn startup. We must be able to say to others, we are behind the app which got sold for another company for a billion dollars. We want to take that kind of pride. We are all very passionate about what we do. Our hiring process is very strict to the level where we already had a dedicated HR manager way back when we only had 5 full-time employees. Which tiny company has a full-time HR manager? Now, we are 25 people strong. Not just 25 people, 25 highly skilled and passionate individuals with the same thinking now sharing the same culture.
We do not only want to be a software company where other companies want to outsource their projects, but we want to be the company where other companies want to form a tech partnership. We want to integrate ourselves as a tech department in our client’s companies. This is actually what a lot of companies need.
I like how Sir Terry Leahy overturned Tesco, a struggling company at his time by introducing ClubCard. Tesco introduced ClubCard back in 1995 and its not just a loyalty scheme, it allows Tesco to collect the purchases data of all their customers. Data are then analyzed and used for business decision-making purposes.
This was one of the successful earliest use of Big Data that was the pivotal point for the turn-around of the struggling Tesco. The power of technology was realized early on and I got goosebumps every time I read the story. I want to be able to help enterprises to be competitive in their industry for exponential business growth through digital transformation.
Our promise to our clients is that we will take you where you want to go. No one can say that a development project will go smoothly. If someone is claiming that, it is a lie. We assure you that no matter what issue arises, we will solve all issues and discrepancies in the best way possible. We have hit rough roads with our clients during the development, but ask them, they will always say one thing, that we successfully delivered the project and helped them achieve what they wanted. This is our promise.
Co-Founder & CTO
I am Mohit Kumar, Co-Founder and CTO of Segwitz . After my post-graduation in computer applications, I started working as an iOS application developer and since then I recognized the huge impact mobile applications going to put on businesses and communities worldwide. I steered my career from native application development to cross-platform apps, backend & databases, and web applications.
I am working with mobile and web applications for the past decade. Software development is an increasingly competitive field and differentiation is becoming more critical. So, I had chosen to focus on a wide variety of languages and platforms to broaden my knowledge and skillset. I had contributed to 25+ native iOS applications, 30+ hybrid applications, around 8 web applications, and few desktop apps.
Segwitz is a fast-growing software development company and I have no doubt about it. Segwitz will definitely become a tech leader in southeast Asia by 2025 by providing high-quality and cost-effective software development services to small and medium-sized enterprises and startups.
In our early days when we founded Segwitz, I found myself responsible for just about everything that could possibly be considered technical. I used to code most of the time of my day and had fewer people to manage. But then we started scaling up and I had less time to code and investing most of my time in hiring and team management. I learned to delegate and trust in my team, rather than focusing on creating the right environment and system, and processes for them. I spent a lot of my time building things, but now I spend my time building the team to build things.
We try to distill all the insights, ideas, and feedback to create a product vision first with the clients. This will let us understand that WHO will use the system, WHAT problem is being solved, WHY the solution is important for them. We work with the latest technology stacks that suit the business needs for product development. We also take into consideration the ability to scale the product in the future and the cost your company will pay for the project support and maintenance.
I highly focus on monitoring and assessing new technologies, continually evolving the system and processes, and providing a technical vision to complement the business vision, setting the tone and direction for the company’s technologies. In the software industry typically there are widely valued dimensions like scalability, robustness, portability, integrability, modularity, and many more. I used to focus on scalability, robustness, and modularity.
I personally believe in the “Make and Keep” policy. I try to make sure the delivery of products/services on time and as promised. I also assure that the technology stacks used for the product development withstand the current market trends and ensure an extensive element of service provision as part of our offering to clients