With a population of one billion and a tech talent pool of 200 million, India is arguably the fourth most important market for tech companies to target. Today, GitHub, the one of the most popular repositories for code, has announced that it’s launching a subsidiary in the country, after it’s received a license from the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.
According to GitHub, it will offer the same services that the company has in its US, UK, and Australia offices – think free help desks, developer guidance, and a dedicated team of engineers. According to GitHub, India is home to the fifth largest GitHub community globally. With that, it’s looking to tap the potential of this new business in the country.
It’s not that things were going bad before GitHub launched the unit in India; the company reported over 500 percent year-over-year growth in the country in 2017, and with the growth in interest from developers, the company hopes it will be able to keep pumping more resources into the country and hopefully boost its overall developer culture.
The hybrid license will allow GitHub to have an office in Chennai and Bengaluru, though other offices will be located in India as well. “We want to provide the same access to GitHub and training as companies like Google have,” explained the company.
GitHub currently has 200,000 developers using its services worldwide, and it’s looking to help as many as 20,000 more access it in the next three years.
It makes sense for GitHub to penetrate the country – especially in light of its global success – as its Indian subsidiary will get to benefit from the growth in interest from developers over the past couple of years. Its Zinc product for managing your GitHub repositories has the potential to do well in the country since 50 percent of the developers use GitHub to manage their archives.
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