‘Different’, Australian/Sri Lankan start up looks to Sri Lanka for software engineers | Daily News


‘Different’, Australian/Sri Lankan start up looks to Sri Lanka for software engineers

Founder Different,  Australia Ruwin Perera
Founder Different, Australia Ruwin Perera

‘Different’ is an Australian and Sri Lanka company is setting up office in Sri Lanka to hire Sri Lankan software engineers for his Sri Lankan operation.

“Sri Lanka has a huge opportunity to harness the talent of local people and create a great technology export industry. There is unlimited global demand for Sri Lankan software engineers earning USD$ 1,500 a month, living and working in Colombo,” said Co Founder Different, Australia Ruwin Perera, who was in Sri Lanka, to finalise arrangements pertaining to hiring top notch Sri Lankan software engineers for his Sri Lankan operation .

Different, founded by former global head of product for Uber, Mina Radhakrishnan [who was one of the first 20 employees at Uber], and her Sri Lankan born husband Ruwin Perera, an Australian who was a Softbank director and former global business strategy principal for Google.

“Different offers the entire gamut of property management services from listing, pricing / rent setting, viewing of properties, tenant selection, payments, landlord protection plans, maintenance, inspections, paying of rates and taxes, while your owner portal ensures that all your important documents are just one click away”, said Perera.

Different is a full service property management agency with a monthly fixed management fee per property. “It has built in apps which give tenants a way to easily lodge problems in the property that need to be fixed, as well as pay rent”.

“We do not see ourselves as a real estate company that does technology. We are a technology company that does real estate. We manage many hundreds of homes, and hundreds of millions of dollars worth of property across Melbourne and Sydney and have raised several million dollars from leading Venture Capitals (Australia’s largest Airtree) as well as Foundation Capital”.

Different is making property managers more efficient and productive while delighting tenants, which is a genuinely groundbreaking feat in itself.

Different is looking at building a company and creating something that was really fundamentally about creating a joyful consumer experience for everyday people.

Different will be investing heavily in Sri Lanka, Perera said.

“Our plan is to create a great product company, and hire the very best engineers in this country and challenge them in ways that other companies are not able to do”.

Perera went on to say that Sri Lanka has 300,000 students sitting university exams every year and only 30,000 places. “We have a huge untapped opportunity in our educated, striving, young people and this is the talent we want to harness here in Sri Lanka”. 

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