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On the first Monday of 2016, we started our year with a Team Townhall to reflect on the previous year and plan for what is coming next. Looking back, 2015 was an amazing year for us at SocialCops. Here’s why.
Decision making is complex. Analytics and visualizations mean nothing if the data powering them is rubbish. We are now one of the only platforms that support you through your entire decision-making process — collecting primary data, accessing and searching through a massive repository of secondary data, integrating all your existing data, cleaning and analyzing all of the data you aggregated, and finally visualizing the data through custom dashboards.
2. We saw real scale
3. We worked with partners who inspire us
4. We tackled complex problems
We partnered with the Tata Trusts, Member of Parliament Mr. Srinivas Kesineni, and the district administration to bring data-driven governance to an entire constituency — 264 villages and one million people.
India has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world. The Indian Health Action Trust used our platform to track deliveries in Primary Health Care Centers in UP to understand the root cause for maternal deaths.
5. We went mainstream
We partnered with AIB’s new comedy show, On Air with AIB, to take data to the masses!
6. We also went international
7. We are building an awesome team
Some of our new team members are not from India. So far, hiring an international team member in India has taken us an average of 18 documents, 21 internal emails, and 11 external emails. We’ll do whatever it takes to get the best talent to work with us.
2015 also tested us as a team — 4 team members broke their legs at different times of the year, while others went through dengue and a spate of other illnesses. We made it together as a team.
8. We are building a culture we’re proud of
Our Friday Demos (think Google’s TGIF meets YC Demo Days) are setting examples for ways to manage team feedback and communication.
Our culture hacks got us 4,000 upvotes on Quora and dozens of mentions around the world.
9. We got amazing recognition
So what’s next? If 2015 was about building the foundation — a kickass platform, team, and culture — then 2016 will be about scale. Let’s impact a billion people.
Thanks for all the support so far. Wishing you a wonderful 2016 from everyone at SocialCops!
Prukalpa, Varun, and Team SocialCops