On July 2nd 2013, we left for an 8 week journey around the US together with “Sugar Ray”, “Gin Blossoms”, “Vertical Horizon” & “Fast Ball”. It was an amazing experience. I’ve never been on a tour with SUCH camaraderie between all the bands. It was a love fest.
One day we got to a venue that I HAD to get a panoramic shot of Stage AE in Pittsburg, PA . After trying a few lame excuses for panoramic apps, I decided to try “360”. I was SO happy I downloaded it because it did SUCH a great job!!!
TeliportMe is relatively young company, the average age of each employee is ~25. As a company we have existed for 3 years doing a myraid of things (Examcrunch.com, bits360.com, phototour.in ) before we started working on 360 (which eventually grew into TeliportMe) in early 2012.
Our culture and vibe is still evolving and its too early to say what our exact culture is but I can put down a couple of things which have been true since we started working on TeliportMe and I have a strong gut feeling will be a part of the ethos of who we are moving forward. While there seems to be no real right or wrong culture as you can see a lot of successful startups that have very different cultures/values. I think the real trick is in understanding the existing culture and nurturing it by bringing in people and elements that really enhance that culture rather than clash with it.
Blue collared work ethic:This probably comes from the founding team but there is a strong focus on giving your 100% everyday without any over glorification of your work. Some of the things we do in Image processing and Android are not even done well by companies 3-4 times our size. There is a very “shut up and do your work” type attitude. This means that it can also be a relatively boring place to work if you are not really passionate about your work because for the most part that is what is the most exciting part of what we do here.
Excited about products and not about startups: We are super excited about products in general and not really interested in the startup scene. We are super focused on building great technology products and hence are able to solve tough technical problems without tweeting/blogging about how awesome we are. None of us spend any time in conferences/meetups/tweetups etc, and most probably nobody even knows we exist other than our users, its not that we are against any of this but it just seems to be how the team vibe has transformed into.
Diversity: Each one of us comes from different backgrounds, paths and generally contrast each other in almost all facets of life. This kind of diversity in thoughts/opinions/experiences brings out the best in everyone. Its a fine balance between looking for people like ourselves and people who are diverse but fit the culture (this is a great post on the difference between the two) We constantly challenge each other’s intellect but have also learnt to trust each other too. We are not impressed by credentials (like college, place of internship etc.) but more interested in what you are able to do and how quickly you can learn. One of the reasons we have a diverse group of people is because we like to take risks with our hires and not conform to a single “success” profile. We believe that this risk can either kick us in the ass or give non-linear outputs, and so far this has worked out really well for us.
Failure is OK, laziness is not: We are constantly pushing the envelope of what can be done from a technical standpoint and because of that we are always breaking things, lots of bugs here and there. We are fine with breaking things because that’s the nature of how things are when they are built at a breakneck speed. The one thing almost everyone in our company is allergic to is laziness – its something which is very apparent in a person and that attitude nevertheless affects everyone’s productivity and in turn the quality of the product.
Github runs the company: We use GitHub a lot and has become our de facto company management software, its where we track and share our code base. I am not sure if this is a part of “culture” but its important to recognize that we do spend a LOT of time interacting with it.
Flexible work hours and days: We have a motto “you can work any 15 hours of the day you want” . We have no fixed holidays, we work on most public holidays and take off whenever we need to. We are not big fans of remote work as we believe that while code can be committed from anywhere a cohesive team is built through working together and really knowing the people you are working with to take on the world.
This is our office right now, pretty comfy huh ?
We have a long way to grow and develop as a company and we hope that we are able to improvise on some of our values and culture. If you want to know more about how it is to work at TeliportMe send me an email at email@example.com.
My name is Lúcio Quintal, I’m Portuguese and I live in Madeira islands, more specifically in Funchal town.
While working for the CIVITAS-MIMOSA European project we had a project meeting in Rome in February 2013. Even with very limited time for touristic visits in the city, I had the opportunity to walk a bit around and take some 360 panoramas of that stunning Roman city.
Since the early 2000’s I have been using PDAs to help me organize and bring more fun to my professional and personal life, namely while travelling. I now use an Android Sony Ericsson XPERIA (smart)phone and, with it, many conveniences become at hand. One of such conveniences is the 360 panorama capture app by TeliportMe. I use it regularly to record and share some stunning landscapes or spaces I happen to be seeing / experiencing.
One of our users Anirudh went on a trip to his ancestral village of Khetigarh in Uttarakhand. He used 360 to document his trip and captured some spectacular views of the untouched beauty of Uttarakhand and also a small part of the beginning of the natural disaster that was coming in 24 hours.
I decided to take a small vacation to my native place Khetigarh which is in the district of Lohaghat, Uttarakhand. It had been a long time since I had been there and I wanted to take a break from the hustle bustle of Delhi. For those who do not know, Uttarakhand is one of the new states carved out of the former Uttar Pradesh and has some of the most beautiful hill stations.
One of our users prak04.sid went on a trek to the largest monolithic Rocks in India – Savandurga just at the outskirts of Bangalore. He used 360 to document his trek and captured some spectacular views on the way.
Savandurga is a hill 60 km west of Bangalore (Karnataka,India). It is a popular destination among amateur trekkers and adventurers, basically people who would love to climb Mount Everest but would not like to get in shape to do so. It is an easy climb which takes about one and a half hours (two if you like to sit a lot on the way). It is also one of largest monolith hills on Asia, meaning the entire hill is just one single gigantic rock.
We are excited for this months update as we have added some amazing stuff and we hope you all will enjoy the new updates.
New capture experience:
We have completely revamped our capture experience with a new capture layout, better cues while capturing a panorama and a brand new settings panel. We put in a lot of thought in each of these components to make them easy to understand, responsive and more intuitive. We took off elements that were confusing and in the way to make it a clean smooth experience and we are excited to see how the results are going to be.
Non-compass mode capture:
This has been the most requested feature since we launched our app almost 2 years back. This is great news for people whose phones do not have a compass or a gyroscope. The manual mode can be selected through the settings menu. The capture is a little different where all you have to do is align the current frame with a part of the previous frame – as simple as that.
New profile page:
A bigger profile pic, cover page and some more stats on your activity. We are excited to give this facelift to your profile so do not forget to change your profile pic so that you can get a nice higher resolution profile pic to your profile page.
One of our users Ankit Sobti (@sobtiankit) made the epic journey to Mt Everest and used 360 to document his trip, he was gracious enough to also write an essay documenting his journey and we hope you can enjoy this as much as we did. I would encourage you read part 1 and part 2 for continuity.
Day 7 – High Camp
Post snow mornings are always the most ethereal. The semi-green pastures sprawled with hungry devouring yaks was now washed over by a shimmering white sheet of snow with just fed, in their element yaks. A couple horses had showed up from somwhere though, not in the least at ease with their rather unfamiliar surroundings. Oh, I almost forgot, today we received the most incredulous warning about animal induced landslides and Yaks who throw rocks on your head. Weird.
It rained some snow
One of our users Ankit Sobti (@sobtiankit) made the epic journey to Mt Everest and used 360 to document his trip, he was gracious enough to also write an essay documenting his journey and we hope you can enjoy this as much as we did. ( you can find the first part here )
Day 4&5 – Manang
Manang was the name on all the trekker’s lips from the very beginning. At Manang, begins the carefully orchestrated game of serious acclimatization, with half-cut Diamoxes being popped all around. All the travel books suggest spending at least two nights here. Breathing slows down when you sleep and you’ve “conquered” this altitude once you’ve spent a night there. The best way to acclimatize at these heights is to go about 200m higher than your destination for the day and then come down. Our most adventurous trekking always happened on these steep and dangerous 200m ascents. This is known in climbers parlance as “climb high, sleep low”.
The way to Manang from Upper Pisang is another stunning exploration of the Himalayas, crossing thunderous rivers over rickety bridges, over terrain that is easier than what’s to follow but long.
One of our users Ankit Sobti (@sobtiankit) made the epic journey to Mt Everest and used 360 to document his trip, he was gracious enough to also write an essay documenting his journey and we hope you can enjoy this as much as we did.
“Sobti, Titans never quit.”, whispered a faint voice behind me, almost lost in the winds bellowing across the mountain, sweeping along shimmering flakes of snow. Now, these are exactly the kind of ridiculous statements that go down in history as famous last words. Sobti is me, or my family name at least, and somehow the awkward, almost mocking pronunciation has always made another nickname moot. Titans is one of the four sports teams of the school we just graduated from and has clearly left an indelible, imbecilic mark on my friend’s brain. I remember mustering just enough strength to push a light chuckle through, but the thud rushed my hypoxia addled brain back to some semblance of reality, from what seemed even a vicarious dream. Seeing your best friend sprawled across the snow, fainted does tend to do that. There’s something I learnt about Sherpas over this so called “vacation”. When the shit hits the mountain top, they really really do know what to do. A helping hand reached for my friend’s bag, another picked him up, handed him some warm water, spoke the ubiquitous Nepali English, “Is good?” and propelled him along. AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) can be a big fat bitch at 3500m, above 5000, ah well.