“My passions are programming, architecture, and scalability. I live and breath technology, coffee and funny memes.”
Sayan Bhattacharyya, co-founder of Gold Coast-based start-up Desygner enjoyed many a coffee while working out of coffee-houses with his co-creators during the small company’s development phase. With headquarters initially in a tiny apartment that doubled as their home, the team have created a product that now has “10 million users from more than 200 countries who have created almost 50 million designs” using their tech.
“It's a DIY graphic design platform available on the web, on Google Play and the AppStore.”
“We’ve been featured in the Forbes article 25 Visual Content Marketing Tools to Engage your Audience and several other media outlets worldwide. In 2017, we also won a Queensland Government grant of $96,000 under the Advance Queensland Ignite Ideas Fund program.”
“A few months ago, we released We Brand, a corporate brand management solution based on Desygner's core editing platform and have a few large corporate clients from around the world using it already.”
Sayan moved to Australia 9 years ago to commence a Master of Computing at ANU.
“I had an undergrad degree in Mechanical Engineering, but was working for a software company in India. I wanted to get a formal academic qualification in Computing.”
Canberra became one of his favourite cities in Australia, with one of his biggest takeaways from his time at ANU being how culturally diverse the campus was.
“Outside of academic studies, multiculturalism was the most interesting part of my time at ANU, for sure. It is like a mini-UN. It gave me the chance to meet and befriend people from all over the world!”
The enthusiasm Sayan felt for the cultural diversity of ANU has carried forward into his career. The Desygner team is made up of people from India, Brazil, Spain, France, Russia the US, the UK and Australia. Together, they are building a product with an international user base in mind.
“Being an ANU graduate prepares you to take on technical challenges of any level of complexity. It definitely helped me build a solid theoretical foundation.”
When asked what advice he might give to new graduates of the College of Engineering and Computer Science, Sayan suggested: “Try to make use of what you are learning in the real world. Build something. Don’t wait for your future job to give you that opportunity. Get started now!” He is absolutely living his own advice and he looks forward to continuing his entrepreneurial journey.
“There’s never been a better time to be a software engineer in Australia than now.”