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Are you an industry thought leader with a strong network in mobile, cloud, or web and the ability to build new business? Fed up with endless meetings, stifling bureaucracy, and caps on your potential? Explore a unique opportunity to drive your own future as Sourcebits Studio Director.
Sourcebits Studios are discrete practice groups with focus in specific areas from Mobile Enterprise Applications to Web Gaming. Each is headed by a highly qualified Studio Director who is responsible for driving their Studio’s projects from initial client engagement to final delivery.
Studio Directors are industry leaders in mobile, cloud, and UX design—from the former CEO of the world’s largest open-source mobile platform, to an Apple Design Award winner.
As a Director you’ll share completely in the success of your studio, and have full authority to run it as your own business unit—with unlimited potential. At the same time, you’ll have access to all of the resources Sourcebits provides as a global company backed by Sequoia Capital and IDG Ventures. Sourcebits gives an unprecedented level of support and trust to Studio Directors, and Directors return that trust by delivering spectacular service and results for their clients.
You’ll work with amazing people throughout the company who care as deeply about the success of your clients’ projects as you do. Because Studios work together, clients have access to the best minds in mobile, web, and cloud development across multiple platforms and disciplines. At the core of Sourcebits Studios you’ll find more than 400 Sourcebits employees, each whom bring their extreme passion and focus to client projects across a wide range of talents and skills.
We’re looking for a few people who share that passion and focus and can back it up with a track record of success. If you think you have what it takes to lead your own Studio, get in touch below to learn more.
Sourcebits' tagline is "Design-Led Engineering," and we mean it. Our design team is made up of everyone from former IDEO employees to Apple Design Award Winners, and they each have a story to tell. In this series, we'll be highlighting a new member of our design team each week. Here are their stories.
While she experimented in filmmaking and audio in college, Bhargavi, a Creative Director at Sourcebits, is very passionate about interaction design. She highlights curiosity and empathy as key to great user design, and sees everything as a design inspiration and an opportunity to improve the world around her.
What inspired you to become a designer? Any particular influencers?
Alison, my professor from college, is a huge source of inspiration and has played a huge part in tweaking my design process and widening my perception of design as a tool for problem solving.
There is a design opportunity in everything we see, a cluttered website, the complex ticket vending machine, product placement in your supermarket, the list is endless. The dynamic nature of technology and the window design provides in changing how people perceive and interact with the world is a huge responsibility and a constant inspiration.
What has been your biggest success as a designer so far? Biggest failure?
I haven’t been around long enough to see my biggest success or failure yet, but I have been fortunate enough to work with the best people and do things I have been passionate about. The only wish I could make for is longer days to sketch more interaction design layouts and write research papers.
What's your design specialty? What do you love to design the most?
UI design - I love designing layouts that are intuitive, engaging and unique. It gives me the opportunity to explore new platforms, conform to their design guidelines and yet make something special that stands out from the crowd.
UI design is like the science behind a magic trick, because the user will never know how much thought was put into making that interface intuitive and unobtrusive.
In the past year and a half I have designed interfaces for iOS, Android, Windows, web apps and devices ranging from desktops to smart glasses. This could only happen if you are a UI designer at Sourcebits!
What's your creative process like? How do you frame a new project in your mind?
To design, I need to understand and believe in the idea. Being innately curious, I typically start by asking questions, this lets me take a step back and look at the bigger picture before diving straight into designing. I have noticed that questioning helps in challenging the norms, helping me come up with ideas that are unique to the project at hand. Empathy is also key in identifying myself with the idea, I like talking to people who fall under the umbrella of target users and understand how they might benefit from this service and take their insights to tailor my design.
I then work with my team to get alternative perspectives, prototype a few concepts and move into wireframing screens which form the foundation of the app or website.
What's something you can teach people about your work?
There is no one good design or a proven design process, so look around, get inspired and modify your process for the task at hand. Treat every task as a brief you made for yourself, once you are pleased with what you have made, it’s easier to pitch your design.
Outside of your design career, what are some other things we should know about you?
Cupcakes, music, and travel are my survival essentials. I enjoy reading a good book, anything from Wodehouse's Psmith to Ibsen's Nora, to help me unwind during the weekends.
Recently, I have been trying my hand(or leg) at Kathak, an Indian classical dance form and Brazilian Jiujitsu.
Tell us a little bit about your design career.
After dabbling a bit in audio broadcasting and documentary filmmaking, I found my true calling in interaction design and started designing websites & applications while still in college. Since then, design has been an integral part of my academic and professional decisions.
At Sourcebits, I design interfaces, manage projects and ideate new app/web ideas. It thrills me to work on varied platforms and simplify the way people interact with technology.
The diverse project opportunities and unparalleled design team at Sourcebits are so exciting that I’m holding off on taking up a research offer at Carnegie Mellon University.
Sourcebits' tagline is "Design-Led Engineering," and we mean it. In this series, we'll be regularly highlighting a member of our rock-star engineering team. Here are their stories.
Chris is a Senior Android Developer here at Sourcebits, and his interest in engineering goes all the way back to his childhood, and is largely attributed to growing up in an engineering-focused family. Chris is experienced with all aspects of the Android framework, especially front-end UI work, and is proud to have worked for such high-profile clients as the FDA, the U.S. Army, and now Sourcebits.
Where are you originally from, and where do you live now?
I’m originally from Southern Tennessee. I moved to Huntsville, Alabama where I attended UAHuntsville, later contracting for the U.S. Army developing mobile prototypes. Currently I live in the San Francisco Bay Area wherever rent allows me.
Tell us about your background.
Engineering was pretty much the only possible future. My parents are both engineers and Huntsville is a very big engineering community. The only thing that wasn't so certain was the discipline. I built my first computer at 13 or 14 and I started writing simple C programs around the same time.
What have you worked on?
I started out building embedded systems for insulin pumps. They were prototypes that were being tested for human medical trials by the FDA. That was a stressful first job as I was responsible for the software that jams needles in people and pumps insulin.
I got into mobile when I was hired as a contractor for the U.S. Army building mobile prototypes for the soldiers. Eventually I was assigned to the America's Army Video Game project to make apps for them. The project I'm most proud of is the America's Army Comics app, mainly because I built it from the ground up and wasn't sure it was possible back then. Barely anybody's downloaded it, but doesn't matter. It's my first full app.
Who has been your biggest influence or inspiration? Why?
My dad has been my biggest influence. He taught me how to build computers and bought me coding books. Overall he's been very supportive of the decisions I've made.
Tell us how you work. What's around your desk? Is there music you like to play? Do you do marathon coding sessions?
My desk is organized disorder. The only time I can't find something is because I cleaned and put it away, and it’s usually populated with a lot of empty water bottles.
The music I listen to varies on anger and frustration level. Usually it's Big Beat or other forms of EDM, like Professor Kliq, Deep Dish, Timo Maas, and the like. Though I'll swap to The Sword, Kyuss, and Baroness if need be.
What's your favorite app, program, or other tech-related item?
I’d have to say Dropbox. It's not an app I use every day, but it's one of the apps I'm extremely grateful to have when I need it.
How do you approach an engineering problem?
The same way everyone does. See if someone already invented the wheel. If the wheel has been invented, use it. If the wheel needs to be invented, invent it by starting with a square and chiseling away until it's a circle.
Can you tell us something you wish more people knew about engineering?
Apparently there are some people that confuse "engineers", the designers and builders, with "engineers", the train operators. I have never driven a train in my life, and it's odd that people think otherwise.
What do you like to do outside work?
I'm interested in health and fitness. I used to be a long distance runner and now I'm a moderate distance runner with powerlifting. I run races ranging from traditional road races to adventure races, and I recently took up bouldering and indoor rock climbing. I also used to be a competitive bowler although that has waned a bit since moving to the Bay Area.
Sourcebits Innovation Strategy WorkshopsInnovation is the best growth investment your company can make. We take a strategic consulting approach to zoom out before zooming in to discover your unique business solution.
Companies of all sizes are focusing on their B2C, B2B and B2E mobile strategy - and innovation is a hot topic in the office. Regardless of your industry, 2014 is the year for you to invest in growth - particularly through mobile, web and cloud development.
You may be considering:
- a mobile app for your consumer marketing
- a mobile version of your enterprise software
- building a new mobile-specific product
- providing secure internal solutions to accommodate your BYOD employees
- adding new features and functionality to existing mobile/web products
- delivering an innovative experience to create digital disruption in your industry
But pressure from management, and/or an urgency to execute, can lead you to quickly create products without fully examining the problems you’re trying to solve, and all the potential solutions. It can be tempting to put your cart before the horse and develop a product before you and your team fully understand the problem. Without a strategy for your innovation, you may have a product that’s difficult to develop, goes through time-consuming and expensive iterations, and generates underwhelming results. That’s the difference between a product and a solution. If it’s not solving a problem, it’s not a success.
It’s time to do product development differently. At Sourcebits, we’re not your average development company. We don’t just build products - we create solutions. And that requires engaging with our clients in a different way, and having a different conversation. We want to be passionate about your project and help you innovate in strategic ways to be successful.
Before we zoom in on your product’s specs and timelines, we zoom out to examine the problems you’re seeking to solve, the business requirements you have and your industry landscape. We know all the latest and greatest technology currently available, but we don’t stop at what’s already been done. We explore what’s possible; we push the boundaries; we embrace imagination; we discover your opportunities for disruption.
After more than 7 years in business and 500+ projects - including 30+ chart topping apps - we’ve seen the greatest success comes when development is seen as a partnership between the client and our team. We’re excited to build powerful features, beautiful designs and elegant user experiences - and we want our clients to be successful. So we work with you in a different way, from ideation through product creation and launch execution. But it ALL starts with our strategic consulting.
The Innovation Strategy Workshop Model
The Innovation Strategy Workshop is an in-person consultation process with the Sourcebits team. Since implementing this process in 2013, Sourcebits has conducted more than 40 workshops. Whether you’re an entrepreneur with an idea, an existing app startup with updates to add, an enterprise with a new product to build or an old one to enhance - or any stage in between - our problem-solution approach brings exceptional value to your end results.
We work with our clients to identify their core problems and goals, frame that within their industry, audience and business requirements, and then go to the white board together to brainstorm and examine options to develop a customized business solution. As part of the workshop process, we provide you with all the materials you need to get stakeholder buy-in for your new mobile strategy, as well as a detailed project estimate.
The workshop itself costs $25,000, but it’s a deposit towards your engagement with Sourcebits. If you hire us to build your solution, we credit the workshop fee.
Our workshop involves three key steps:
- Examination: First, we dig deep into your business objectives and goals, challenging you to surface the core problem(s) you want to solve. Within companies, especially large ones, it can be easy for direction to become unclear. We cut to the root issues and align teams to focus on a clear, unified objective.
- Ideation: Once the core problem is identified, we conduct a controlled brainstorming session to solve it. We spend a lot of time with white boards. Our expertise in mobile, web, cloud, and hardware design provides insight both on what’s in the market today, additional untapped potential and future possibilities. Combined with your team’s industry expertise, there’s no telling what exciting ideas can be uncovered.
- Clarification: No matter how innovative, ideas are meaningless without execution. And to bring innovation into reality, you need a development plan. In this phase, Sourcebits breaks down estimated timelines, costs, and talent needed to get the job done. Our experience enables us to be sure that our plans and projections will be realistic, practical, and achievable.
From this innovation and ideation phase, Sourcebits can design and develop your product with an eye on your ultimate business goals. We measure our success by YOUR success - and we don’t settle for less than amazing.
A Sourcebits Innovation Strategy Workshop is a unique opportunity resource.
To find out more about how Sourcebits can help your company, product, or idea: