US-based software development platform GitHub, on Wednesday (February 12), announced the launch of its India-based subsidiary GitHub India Private Limited.
In a blog, GitHub’s chief operating officer Erica Brescia said that the platform has the third-largest number of active developers from India. “Our community in India is thriving and it has grown at 22% in the last year,” she added. In 2019, the company also witnessed the growth of public repositories in India by 75%.
The setting up of a center in India will help the company to add more developers and enterprise customers to its platform.
For managing Indian operations, the company has also recently appointed Maneesh Sharma (GM) as general manager of GitHub India. He is expected to look after the growth strategy of GitHub’s Indian operations. Prior to GitHub, Sharma has also held senior leadership roles at Adobe and SAP.
The code-hosting platform was acquired by Microsoft for $7.5 billion in 2018. Today’s announcement comes nearly a year after GitHub CEO Nat Friedman revealed that the company would be making “major investments” in India and would build a local office from the ground up.
With its new subsidiary, called GitHub India Private Limited, both GitHub and Microsoft will be positioned to broaden their appeal to developers across the country. This also fits into a broader trend of tech giants, including Facebook and Google, going all-in to target the “next billion” internet users. On the flip side, India has also been introducing sweeping changes in terms of how foreign companies operate in the country, including the handling and storage of user data and other “big tech” regulatory oversight.
The San Francisco, California-headquartered GitHub said it will build over the next few months a team across all functions – including community, engineering, sales, support, marketing, and services – to enable customers to adopt DevOps best practices at scale and collaborate with over 40 million developers across more than 100 million projects.
Along with support for a thriving open source community in India, GitHub is also working with organizations across industries to help them deliver winning customer experiences using a modern software supply chain and industry best-practices.
A growing number of companies in India, including Swiggy and ArisGlobal are collaborating and building the software that powers their businesses on GitHub Enterprise. Additionally, GitHub Education, the platform’s education wing, is extending its popular GitHub Hackathon Grant program to students in India, to support student hackathons with up to $1,000 in grants.