“The future is here, it’s just not very evenly distributed.” – William Gibson

We started Andela to chip away at a simple, though seemingly insurmountable, problem. The world needs millions more developers than we currently have.

Time and again, we’ve seen the leverage created for companies and countries by great engineers. But over the past decade, as the need has become increasingly obvious, the shortage of top-tier technology talent has only become more acute.

Four years and more than a thousand Andela developers later, the problem feels no less humbling — but it’s also coming into focus. As the war for talent continues, there’s one macro trend that is both enabling Andela’s growth and powering many of the companies that have found a competitive edge: distributed work.

Struggling to find strong developers? There are more great developers outside a 20-mile radius from your office than inside (yes, even you, Silicon Valley). Struggling to attract diverse talent? The world is more colorful than your city. Stuck on academic pedigree? This may sound crazy, but the majority of the world’s best engineers didn’t attend MIT or Stanford.

Combine these structural realities with an increasing ability to quantify the output of a given developer or team, and the trend becomes pretty clear: distributed is both part of the short term solution and a central fixture in the long term future of work. And if you’re a developer, you probably already know this because over 40% of you work remote at least part time already (and 80% say they prefer it).

When we started Andela, the reaction to the notion of distributed was usually coupled with general confusion (admittedly, the notion of doing software development in Africa was new to many as well). Today, after helping hundreds of companies advance their product roadmap through access to talent, questions around the concept of distributed and Africa rarely come up. Instead, the question has become: “We know distributed is part of the strategy – can you help us do it better?”

Increasingly, the answer has become yes.

In essence, over the past four years, Andela has evolved from a source of technical talent to a full cycle talent partner. We’ve done that by leveraging the data we’ve collected on developer fit as well as the systems we’ve built to monitor developer performance in order to increase the success of distributed teams.

Which brings us back to today. I’m proud to announce that Andela has raised a $100M Series D, led by Generation Investment Management, to continue building the infrastructure for the future of distributed work. One of the most successful investment management firms in the world, Generation has done deep research on the future of work, and their core thesis aligns with ours: one, it will be decentralized, and two, there won’t be enough technical talent to power it.

In short, we think William Gibson was almost right. The future is here — and it’s not fully distributed — but it will be.

featured_image
About the Author

Jeremy Johnson

CEO and Co-Founder of Andela.

More Insights

January 23, 2019

Announcing Andela’s $100M Series D Led By Generation Investment Management

Jeremy Johnson

“The future is here, it’s just not very evenly distributed.” – William Gibson

We started Andela to chip away at a simple, though seemingly insurmountable, problem. The world needs millions more developers than we currently have.

Time and again, we’ve seen the leverage created for companies and countries by great engineers. But over the past decade, as the need has become increasingly obvious, the shortage of top-tier technology talent has only become more acute.

Four years and more than a thousand Andela developers later, the problem feels no less humbling — but it’s also coming into focus. As the war for talent continues, there’s one macro trend that is both enabling Andela’s growth and powering many of the companies that have found a competitive edge: distributed work.

Struggling to find strong developers? There are more great developers outside a 20-mile radius from your office than inside (yes, even you, Silicon Valley). Struggling to attract diverse talent? The world is more colorful than your city. Stuck on academic pedigree? This may sound crazy, but the majority of the world’s best engineers didn’t attend MIT or Stanford.

Combine these structural realities with an increasing ability to quantify the output of a given developer or team, and the trend becomes pretty clear: distributed is both part of the short term solution and a central fixture in the long term future of work. And if you’re a developer, you probably already know this because over 40% of you work remote at least part time already (and 80% say they prefer it).

When we started Andela, the reaction to the notion of distributed was usually coupled with general confusion (admittedly, the notion of doing software development in Africa was new to many as well). Today, after helping hundreds of companies advance their product roadmap through access to talent, questions around the concept of distributed and Africa rarely come up. Instead, the question has become: “We know distributed is part of the strategy – can you help us do it better?”

Increasingly, the answer has become yes.

In essence, over the past four years, Andela has evolved from a source of technical talent to a full cycle talent partner. We’ve done that by leveraging the data we’ve collected on developer fit as well as the systems we’ve built to monitor developer performance in order to increase the success of distributed teams.

Which brings us back to today. I’m proud to announce that Andela has raised a $100M Series D, led by Generation Investment Management, to continue building the infrastructure for the future of distributed work. One of the most successful investment management firms in the world, Generation has done deep research on the future of work, and their core thesis aligns with ours: one, it will be decentralized, and two, there won’t be enough technical talent to power it.

In short, we think William Gibson was almost right. The future is here — and it’s not fully distributed — but it will be.

featured_image
About the Author

Jeremy Johnson

CEO and Co-Founder of Andela.

Thanks for subscribing!

 

More Insights

Building Products Users Love: A Series of Workshops by TrueCaller and Andela

This June — as well as the last week in May, we hosted a series of webinars & workshops led b...

2_July_2020

Andela to Double Engineering Talent Pool With Pan-African Expansion

Global Technology Network to Expand Access to All African Engineers New York, NY. Wednesday 1 Ju...

30_June_2020

Distributed Teams: A New Best Practice for Software Engineering

As business comes back to life from state and local shutdowns, many are rethinking their staffing n...

23_June_2020

Preparing for What’s Next: Distributed Engineering Teams for Business Resilience

A Gartner a survey of 1,500 businesses, found that just 12 percent felt prepared for the COVID-19 c...

16_June_2020

A Guide to Hosting Webinars for Your Company:

Webinars have become popular as a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic. Here at Andela, we contin...

11_June_2020

Partners in Delivery: Andela’s Model of Remote Software Engineering Staff Augmentation

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses are looking to streamline operations and find new ...

4_June_2020

Partners

Tap into a global talent pool and hire the “right” developers in days, not months.

Developers

Accelerate your career by working with high-performing engineering teams around the world.

BECOME A DEVELOPER

Hire Developers

We take great pride in matching our developers with the best partners. Tell us about your team below!

preloader_image

Thank you for your interest

A member of our team will reach out to you soon.