Manish Gulati Co-Founder & CEO- ChicMic

ChicMic – Building Smarter Applications For Smart Users

The COVID 19 epidemic has turned the way of businesses. Most of the businesses shifting to a brand new address, the internet. App-based operations can be the messiah for businesses that can help them to survive in this situation. Now a day, everyone expects everything on a single click. Businesses can provide all their customers need using the latest and advanced technology.

In this context, many companies are providing such solutions to businesses in all areas. ChicMic is a leading name in the landscape of Mobile App and Game Development that is transforming businesses with its cutting edge and comprehensive offerings.

In a talk with Mr. Manish Gulati, Co-Founder & CEO at ChicMic lets discover more about the company and their quality offerings.

•    Tell us about the company

ChicMic is a software development company with core forte being Apps and Games development on the mobile (iOS and Android) and web platforms. We offer end to end solutions from ideation to launch.

Founded in April 2012, ChicMic has grown to a strong workforce of 80+ with footprints around the globe. We are the technology partners to entrepreneurs, start-ups, small/medium scale enterprises, and even Fortune 50 companies. We are focused on building world-class apps that deliver a seamless experience to the end-users.

Highlights of our work include:

  • Apps &Games with 5+ million downloads.
  • 1000+ projects delivered
  • 300+ clients served
  • 40+ million app installs
  • 5+ apps & games ranked #1
  • 3 Fortune 50 clients

We follow Agile, Scrum, and Kanban methodologies that provide quick turnaround, complete traceability, and high-quality output.

•    What were the initial challenges you faced? 

Finding talent in the market that is the right fit into your company’s culture is the biggest challenge and we have been facing this all these years. However, our interview process is very strong leading to only the right candidates.

We being a company with great technical skillset and strength were not able to find the experienced candidates as the candidates’ skillset did not match their experience. So, we started hiring the right talent from the college campuses and groomed them as per our requirements. As on date, this talent is our core strength.

•    Which was that point that triggered the growth of the company? 

We have been consistently growing year after year and there is no single point that triggered the growth of the company.

The biggest risk is not taking any risk… In a world that is changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.

Mark Zuckerberg

•    What is the reason behind your company’s long-standing success?

Our commitment to quality supported by an excellent team and vision to provide a good workplace culture driven by an ethical and honest approach.

•    What are the products/services the company focuses on? How are your services different from those in the market?

–    Mobile Application Development

–    Web Application Development

–    Game Development

–    Design Services

Every client wants a high-quality product, value for money, the fulfillment of commitment, and an ethical team that can technically guide in the best interest of the client and we fulfill each one of these religiously. Our agile methodology, constant client communication, and transparency help the clients build trust in us.

•    How do you decide to take the company a step further in terms of your products/services?

Our vision is to constantly grow this company and hence we do not leave any growth opportunity that comes our way be it expanding our services, searching for direct clients, opening sales offices in other countries, etc.

•    Is there any new addition to the list of products/services? Anything exciting you would like to share?

This is really a continuous process and we take on all the new services that come our way. In the last 2 years, we have added Blockchain, Python, Flutter, RoR, Ionic, Roblox, Three.js, and Build box development.

•    Can you please brief us about your professional experience?

After completing my B.E. Computer Science from Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology, I joined Quark Media House as Software Engineer in July 2001. I spent 9 years developing Java-based Enterprise applications including Quark proprietary Workflow Management System and Content Management System. My key roles included design, architect, and develop these enterprise applications based on Spring framework and J2EE platform.

Then I co-founded a company wherein we developed in-house apps and games for the iOS and Android stores. We developed more than 60 games and apps and a couple of them reached #1 rank in different stores. Also, one of our games was published by Clickgamer /Chillingo (the original publisher of ‘Angry Birds’ and ‘Cut the Rope’). In 2012, I co-founded ChicMic with the details above.

•    What are the key achievements of your entrepreneurial journey?

  • Developed world-class apps & games with 5+ million downloads
  • 1000+ projects successfully delivered
  • 300+ clients served with almost 99% client satisfaction
  • 5+ apps & games ranked #1 worldwide
  • Worked with Fortune 50 clients and many Enterprise clients

•    How do you look after your employees? What makes your team unique?

I have worked as an employee for 9 years and have been on the other side myself at ChicMic we frame policies which are employee friendly and beneficial to both employees and the employer. Also, our core employees are part of decision making as well which in turn means decisions are from employees’ perspective only.

Our team is unique as we have the best of talent in the industry (thanks to our interview process) and each one of them is groomed to work ethically and with honesty. Our team makes sure that we fulfill our commitment and because of this our clients have a huge trust in us as a company. And our responsibility is to take care of their professional and financial growth.

•    One person who you admire the most?

I admire Ratan Tata for his generosity and impeccable work ethics.

•    Whose business story do you find the most inspiring?

Steve Jobs success story has been a true source of motivation for me since long.

Our team makes sure that we fulfill our commitment and because of this our clients have a huge trust in us as a company.

Manish Gulati

•    Constant vigilance- a need or a strategy? Please share your views.

It’s definitely a need as no two people are the same. Just as our children need constant vigilance so does our business especially since our workforce is quite young. The vision, experience, and foresight that come with experience come in handy with constant vigilance to handle things correctly before it’s too late.

•    It’s a rat-race out there. How do you cope with that?

With my 19 years of experience I have acquired the wisdom to not get into the rat race but focus on doing our work diligently and providing a quality service. This eventually leads to success and also maintains a work-life balance for everyone at ChicMic.


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