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Getting Started at a Startup!

YOW! CTO Summit 2017 Melbourne

Start ups have some interesting challenges and conversely some exciting opportunities.

  • They have a limited runway of cash – this drives an intense focus on delivering value (before the money runs out)
  • They have no existing culture or processes – there is nothing to undo as they create a new culture
  • There is no existing code to build upon - there’s no legacy code to deal with, and you produce applications that match what you need to do
  • There is no set of commonly understood processes – you get to adopt whatever works well and that fits your needs.

This case study talks about the last 9 months of our start-up where we went from “no team, and limited functionality” – to launching a successful and thriving business backed by completely custom trading platform and fulfilment engine.

Nish Mahanty

Director of Engineering

REA Group


I am Director of Engineering at REA Group with over 20 years experience working in IT, having worked in several start-ups and consultancies before long stints at MYOB, SEEK and exchange. 

I am passionate about building high performing teams in order to deliver great business outcomes. Having experienced several "death march" mega-projects, I was convinced that there had to be a better way of delivering software, based on valuing team members as individuals. Agile and Lean were a natural fit, and I have spent the last 15 years driving Agile transformations within companies.

I have been fortunate to have worked with a range of experts from across the Agile, Lean, and Kanban communities, and love the challenge of adapting what I have learned to each new business situation.