Sidu Ponnappa

Sidu Ponnappa

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Location
Bengaluru Area, India
Industry
Information Technology and Services

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Sidu Ponnappa's Overview

Current
  • Founder & Director at C42 Engineering
Past
  • Senior Consultant at ThoughtWorks
  • Creator and organizer at DevCamp India
  • Co-founder at Activ
Education
Connections

500+ connections

Websites

Sidu Ponnappa's Summary

Sidu is Founder and CEO of C42 Engineering, a boutique software consultancy ($1M run-rate) and self-funded product company (>100k active users annually).

As part of the founding team of C42 Engineering, he has been responsible for building a strong brand backed by a stellar engineering team, growing the consulting practice from nothing to a $1 million runway in 24 months with no external funding.

C42's product arm was responsible for building and launching RubyMonk.com and PythonMonk.com, helping over a hundred thousand people worldwide learn these programming languages every year. It is now shipping BureauBuilder.com, a SaaS solution for matchmakers and marriage bureaus in India.

Sidu started messing around with computers when he was six and has used Ruby as his preferred programming language since 2006. He loves programming and programming languages, and has deep experience with object oriented design.

He has spent nearly five years at ThoughtWorks doing Agile (specifically XP) and delivering projects in a distributed setting for Fortune 1000 clients.

Sidu speaks occasionally at both local and international conferences. You can find his previous talks and speaking schedule at http://lanyrd.com/people/ponnappa

Sidu Ponnappa's Experience

Partner & CEO

C42 Engineering

Privately Held; 1-10 employees; Information Technology and Services industry

March 2014Present (7 months)

C42 Engineering is a boutique technology consulting firm based out of Bangalore, India.

We work remotely with ambitious startups to iteratively architect, develop and scale their core product offerings.

We work locally with high performance teams to help them identify and adopt software engineering practices that enable them to deliver quality software, continuously.

Founder

TrustedRishta

August 2013Present (1 year 2 months) Bangalore

TrustedRishta allows families to get to know prospective matches ("rishtas") by discovering common relatives and friends and conveniently share verified biodata and pictures.

We make zeroing in on the right match discreet, easy and quick.

TrustedRishta's B2B SaaS offering targeting matchmakers and marriage bureaus has been launched under the brand BureauBuilder.com.

Founder

CodeMonk

Privately Held; 1-10 employees; E-Learning industry

February 2013Present (1 year 8 months) Bangalore

Helped RubyMonk.com, CodeMonk's first product grow into a top-tier online education destination for the Ruby programming language. Approximately 50% of people worldwide that decide to learn Ruby use RubyMonk at some point.

Launched PythonMonk.com for the Python programming language.

Founder & Director

C42 Engineering

Privately Held; 1-10 employees; Information Technology and Services industry

April 2010Present (4 years 6 months)

Privately Held; 1-10 employees; Information Technology and Services industry

April 2010January 2013 (2 years 10 months)

Helped grow the consulting business from 0 to a million dollar run rate in 24 months.

Helped start C42 Labs, C42 Engineering's product division which was responsible for RubyMonk.com, PythonMonk.com and TrustedRishta.com

Organizer

RubyConf India

Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Computer Software industry

July 2011April 2012 (10 months) Bangalore

I'm returning as a volunteer and a member of the core team after a break of a little over a year.

RubyConf India is the Indian edition of the international RubyConf focussing on the Ruby programming language and its ecosystem.

Organizer

RubyConf India

Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Computer Software industry

March 2009April 2010 (1 year 2 months)

Senior Consultant

ThoughtWorks

Privately Held; 1001-5000 employees; Information Technology and Services industry

July 2005April 2010 (4 years 10 months)

Delivered mission critical software to clients like LLBean and Rackspace.

Creator and organizer

DevCamp India

January 2008January 2010 (2 years 1 month)

Conceived and helped execute the first two Devcamps.

Co-founder

Activ

Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Information Technology and Services industry

September 2006December 2008 (2 years 4 months)

InActiv Labs ( http://inactiv.com ) is a startup based out of Bangalore.

It ran a SMS based group messaging service, Activ Mobs, launched in January 2007. At its peak, it had about 60k registered users, 6k daily active users, an output of 1.5 million SMS messages per month and advertising response rates of upto 12%. Activ Mobs wound up in 2008.

Sidu Ponnappa's Volunteer Experience & Causes

  • Volunteer Experience

    • Organizer

      RubyConf India
      • Science and Technology
      March 2009 present (5 years 7 months)

      PR, Fundraising, Logistics

  • Volunteer Interests

    • Causes I care about:

      • Economic Empowerment
      • Education
      • Health
      • Human Rights
      • Poverty Alleviation
      • Science and Technology

Sidu Ponnappa's Languages

  • English

  • Hindi

  • Kannada

  • Kodathak

Sidu Ponnappa's Skills & Expertise

  1. Ruby on Rails
  2. TDD
  3. Ruby
  4. Extreme Programming
  5. Pair Programming
  6. Agile
  7. Entrepreneurship
  8. RSpec
  9. Scrum
  10. BDD
  11. Continuous Integration
  12. Git
  13. Refactoring
  14. Sinatra
  15. DDD
  16. JRuby
  17. Design Patterns
  18. OOP
  19. REST
  20. OOAD
  21. NUnit
  22. SOA
  23. Entrepreneur
  24. Java
  25. Open Source
  26. C#
  27. XP
  28. Agile Project Management
  29. jQuery
  30. JavaScript
  31. Web Applications
  32. Agile Methodologies
  33. Test Driven Development
  34. Python
  35. Software Development
  36. MongoDB
  37. Spring
  38. Distributed Systems
  39. PostgreSQL
  40. Amazon Web Services (AWS)

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Sidu Ponnappa's Education

Visvesvaraya Technological University

BE, Computer Science

20012005

Activities and Societies: Quiz Club, Computer Club

The Frank Anthony Public School

ISC, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Computer Science

19872001

Sidu Ponnappa's Additional Information

Websites:
Groups and Associations:

Bangalore Ruby User Group, BangPypers, Barcamp, Activ Mobs User Group, Blogs, Open Coffee Club

Honors and Awards:

VITM '99, 5th place
VITM '00, 1st place
(The VITM is a state-wide, week long programming contest for students under the age of 18)

The Microsoft Imagine Cup 2005 Software Development Invitational: one of the three teams in India to make it to the finals, out of over six thousand.

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