The past year has been a remarkable one for Gapstars. Overcoming the challenges posed by the pandemic, the B2B software development company grew considerably and now has a headcount of 120+ IT professionals building high-quality software inside its offices in Colombo. At the same time, the company has supported the growth of its clients, many of whom are ambitious scale-ups in The Netherlands through remote software development teams. Among these scale-ups is Otrium, which recently raised $120 million in funding.
Otrium is an eCommerce retailer tackling the $180 billion problem of fashion waste. The fast-growing company works with the world’s leading fashion brands, offering them an additional sales channel for their unsold clothing. With its latest round of funding, the company is planning to expand into the US.
Throughout its journey, Gapstars has been a driving force in supporting the company’s ambitious expansion plans. Describing their partnership, CTO of Otrium, Leander Sikma, said, “As Otrium expands into new markets, it’s vital that our platform scales up to meet the growing needs of our customers and offer them a seamless experience. With Gapstars its highly skilled team based out of Sri Lanka, we found a long-term partner for the sustainable growth of our tech team.”
Considered one of the most wired countries in the world, The Netherlands is a growing technology hub in Europe. Alongside rising scale-ups like Otrium, you’ll also find global tech giants having a presence in the country.
Yet, much like the rest of the world, it faces a shortage of skilled tech talent. While tech companies in Europe have several outsourcing locations to choose from, Sri Lanka stands out for its skilled workforce. With its remote development teams, Gapstars acts as a bridge connecting talented IT professionals in Sri Lanka with the booming Dutch tech industry.
It’s important to recognize that Gapstars isn’t your typical outsourcing company with a shared talent pool. Rather has a unique approach, which the CEO of Gapstars, Hugo Hemmen, explains saying, “We recruit team members on behalf of our clients who will essentially work as one of their employees, and understand and share a client’s culture, objectives and vision.”
For this reason, Gapstars has consistently invested in recruiting and developing strong talent. These efforts cover not only helping its employees master technical skills but also crucial soft skills. Likewise, it also made great efforts to facilitate personal interactions by arranging visits between its clients in The Netherlands like Otrium and their development teams in Sri Lanka.
Hugo described Gapstars’ commitment to its talent saying, “If you join Gapstars you will not only be schooled as a developer but also groomed as a human and nurtured as a global citizen. All our employees will be part of the global technology ecosystem. That is particularly important for us.” Ultimately, these efforts have resulted in the company having a unique high-performance culture. One that supports the delivery of world-class software development by allowing people to bring their whole selves to work and flourish.
Looking towards the future, Gapstars remains committed to supporting scale-ups like Otrium to grow. Hence, even though the company passed the milestone of a 120+ strong team, Gapstars continues to hire more skilled IT professionals to meet the growing demands of the booming Dutch tech industry.
Firm in its belief that Sri Lanka has the talent to meet this demand, Gapstars continues to invest in developing local IT talent. Hugo goes onto say, “If more investment were to go into grooming Sri Lankan developers and to give them more exposure, there is no doubt in my mind that this country will emerge as the talent hub for the global tech industry over the next five to ten years.”
So if you’re looking to be a part of Gapstars, you can check out their open positions by clicking here.