Hacking at HackerRank
The idea started when I asked Hari casually, “what can be done to make the world move faster?” A better version: what can be done to experience the “2030-version” of the world by 2014? Why couldn’t the iPad come 5 years back? Surely, Steve Jobs would have been playing around with a virtual one
Problem solvers control the way in which the world functions and progresses. These players include hackers, programmers, mathematicians, etc. When world problems are solved faster, innovations will be invented faster, eventually prompting the world to move faster.
We’re not trying to disrupt the recruitment industry, not trying to disrupt the education industry, etc. We are building something different. Imagine if there was a room in SF where the top 5000 brains of the world came to everyday for several hours.
The value of that room is incredibly high, and its occupants would have the power to decide the pace of the world and how it should work. We’re building THIS, online. It sounds like a monumental task, because it is, and it is something we’re truly excited and passionate about.
We (founders) are extremely hardworking guys, and that runs into the culture of the company as well. This might sound cliche, but you have to experience it to realize the intensity of the work. We’re a small team of hackers and designers. I have no idea where each one graduated from (or whether they even did graduate). We value focused, hard work and persistence, a quality you can expect from a founder. Naturally, our hiring process is pretty tight and it requires a clean YES from everyone.
We’re in Mountain View, right opposite to the YC office and within a mile from Caltrain.