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Rajat Singhal

Entrepreneur, technical architect and product master. CTO @ Hitwicket.

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Rajat Singhal is CTO at Hitwicket - cricket manager game, a product of Octathorpe Web Consultants Pvt. Ltd. Right after graduation from college (B.Tech CSE) he joined the startup as a software developer and as first employee.

Octathorpe is a bootstrapped startup, initially it had both web services work and Hitwicket, but later after fund-raising shifted full focus to Hitwicket’s development. Hitwicket is a cricket management game, in which a user plays the role of a cricket club owner, and manages his club in the multiplayer universe. Every aspect of real world cricket, including a live match, is simulated using Artificial intelligence. Millions managers play the game.

Other than the wide range of tech experience from architecting Hitwicket and service projects, being in a startup from its earliest days to the multi-million-dollar-club days gives him a great deal of knowledge and experience with recruitment, management, product, monetization, marketing and growth hacking etc.

He is said to be allergic to miscommunications, bad code, BS and all things shallow. 'POA' is his trigger-word. "Roll up the sleeves and get it done" is the motto he follows.

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CTO - Hitwicket (Octathorpe Web Consultants) (Mar'16 - Present)

To accommodate growing team, refined our agile development process. In the need for FB and iOS apps, and a transformation from app theme to game theme, started exploring game engines. After ... took a decision to switch to Unity3D and shelve Native Android app. Built and lead Unity team and released on all platforms by Jan'17. Kept scaling product, tech and team.

Tech Lead - Hitwicket (Octathorpe Web Consultants) (Jan'15 - Mar'16)

After the tech-cofounder exit in Dec'14, took control of complete stack and tech team. Redesigned and re-architectured the android app from scratch for a much more neat, sleek, responsive, and fast Hitwicket'15 android app. Released a Match_Viewer app for iOS. Focused on recruitment for all tech divisions, training of new recruits and team growth. Started pair programming for new guys. Modified backend and cloud architecture to keep up-to-date with scaling.

Senior Software Developer - Hitwicket (Octathorpe Web Consultants) (Jul'13 - Dec'14)

In Jan'14, as a New Year's resolution to learn a new Tech, started learning Native Android development. Things escalated quickly and in 2 weeks presented a 3 page working app to team. Got approval to work on it for full time. Released a mini app with just Hitwicket live match watching functionality by mid Feb. After immensely positive feedback, built team for Android development and released first version of main-functionality app in June.

Software Developer - Hitwicket (Octathorpe Web Consultants) (Jan'12 - Jul'13)

Worked on a broad range of web technologies for Hitwicket and various service projects. Most projects involved Ruby on Rails or Yii (php) as backend MVC frameworks with html, less and javascript for frontend. Some projects were also based on Magento, Spree, Phonegap, Wordpress, Backbone etc. Released Hitwicket's beta for web on 31st May'12 and public in Dec'12. Some quality exposure to product building and growth-hacking. Some experience with cloud (aws) and devops as well.

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