GoBear to open regional code unit in HCMC

GoBear, Asia’s first and only metasearch engine for insurance and banking products, will commence operations of its new regional software development team, known as the GoBear Code Unit, in Ho Chi Minh City on February 1.

The GoBear Code Unit will be responsible for building GoBear’s next generation application code. This includes branching out into newer technologies like Microservices, Serverless Code Execution, Schemaless Databases, AI, and In-memory grid computing.

“In line with our strategy to continuously improve our product offerings we are expanding our in-house software development team,” said Ms. Ivonne Bojoh, Chief Experience Officer and Co-founder of GoBear. “The expansion of this team is an integral part of our continuous growth and the need to ensure our platform achieves optimal performance while developing new technologies for our business.”

She added that Vietnam was chosen for various reasons. “The fact that software development is an encouraged sector in Vietnam reflects the country’s potential and ambition to further strengthen their tech community,” she said.

As Asia’s first and only metasearch engine for insurance and banking products, GoBear has shown tremendous growth in its three years, with a presence in six countries helping over 15 million users and featuring more than 1,200 products.

True to the startup culture of GoBear, the GoBear Code Unit will be located in The Hive Saigon co-working space in District 2. Developers will have a choice between hugging a couch, working in the GCU studio, or hot-desking when they feel the need to switch-up their environments. GoBear will also actively contribute to the tech community by hosting regular meet-ups and organizing events.

Mr. Stephan February, GoBear’s Technical Director, will head up the new team in addition to his current team in Singapore. As a practicing software developer for more than 20 years, he has experience in a broad range of technologies, from Linux and Unix to Windows, and in systems administration, systems architecture, network architecture, and software development.

“We are building a team of front-end, back-end, and full-stack developers,” he said. “We seek individuals who are serious about code craftsmanship and have an always-be-learning approach to our fast-paced industry.”

GoBear was founded based on the simple premise that a consumer should find freedom and ease in choosing complex financial products like insurance, credit cards, and loans. Headquartered in Singapore since early 2015, GoBear has established a presence in Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Manila, Hong Kong, and Vietnam, and will continue to expand across Asia in 2018.

[Source: vneconomictimes 31st January 2018]