2018 Corporate Excellence Awards Supplement

CORPORATE VISION / Corporate Excellence Awards 2018 167 CORPORAT VISION / Issue 7 2018 53 and a trusted design partner for global top 10 semiconductor companies. The company continues to aggressively expand its global footprint, leveraging two core assets – Lean Tall Engineering (LTE) and EYWA. Lean Tall Engineering is a focused return to first principle engineering tenets of yesteryears where a single engineer was massively multi-skilled, rather than skills and capabilities being sliced and diced across a slew of less experienced engineers. EYWA is our home grown, unique technology framework that allows optimisation of human and compute resources enabling complex designs to predictably converge to closure.” This advocacy for LTE fits well with BlackPepper’s approach to their ‘Pepperites’, valuing their skills, opinions, and creativity. This is reflected in the culture of the company, and their employee engagement plan. Basavaraj explains more, “BlackPepper is a forward-looking organisation with an inclination towards employee engagement around credibility, pride, fairness, learning, Defining the Future of Technology and Automation g recognition, and camaraderie. To help employees identify with the company’s values and goals, we developed an efficient employee engagement plan based on the extensively researched Great Place to Work (GPTW) framework. The plan, which was finalised during early 2016, aims at building and nurturing a culture that: 1. Reflects transparency and is boundary-less 2. Encourages learning aligned to business needs and objectives 3. Recognises and values Pepperites for their skills and depth of knowledge 4. Nurtures high-performance among Pepperites 5. Creates an environment where Pepperites take pride in their work” Recognition of good work, across all tiers of the business is, according to Basavaraj, a key driver of employee productivity. BlackPepper takes it one step further, with their ‘Thank You Card’ initiative – epitomising the power of small, every day gestures – and their ‘Appreciation Week’, which offers the opportunity for every employee to thank a colleague who has helped them in their professional life. Coming to the close of the interview, Corporate Vision touched on BlackPepper’s plans for the immediate future. Basavaraj explained that the plan, ultimately, was to continue as they had from the beginning – with a focus on the defence, automotive, medical, industrial automation and IoT related sectors. As the only Indian company to be listed as an Arm Approved design partner – guaranteeing that they are seen as a trusted, experienced entity in the years to come. As for BlackPepper’s plans for the years ahead, Basavaraj spoke of financial goals that the company wanted to achieve, “BlackPepper’s core objective is to be listed by 2021 with a valuation of about USD 1 Billion as a first spec to hardware company in India. We are growing year on year rapidly and building up to the IPO goal, so diluting equity is going to be essential as well. However, we are not aggressively approaching investors even though we have been getting requests from various funds and organisations. Currently the company is raising debt capital to ramp up the revenue and build the necessary technical verticals for end to end system design. We have specific milestones defined and accordingly the company will choose to dilute equity to strategic, large fund houses and global PE funds.” By all regards, it seems that BlackPepper’s future is bright – a future of growth, development and innovation. Company: BlackPepper Technologies Ltd Address: No 1/1, Vintage Building, Jakkasandra Koramangala 1st Block Bangalore, 560034, India Website: www. blackpeppertech.com Telephone: 0091 9880 703087

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