We aspire to build great products and services, empower and educate, and be a democratically run organization.
For the first 12 years of our existence, we did not operate with a defined vision. The vision pretty much was, "Try and survive, while improving the product". But in 2021, we are in a much stronger position and this gives us the opportunity to really define the dream in stronger terms. Before we had our vision we came up with a set of values that define how do we prioritize things. The vision is based on the values, but paints a picture of what kind of company does Frappe cares about being. So here it goes:
Build outstanding products and services
Apple quality outstanding. This means well designed, thoughtful, powerful products and services that are delightful to use. It would require going deep into how the software is architected, deployed, maintained. People who use the product or service should feel that there is something “right”, minimal and aesthetic about it. There should be a conceptual and semantic consistency across the entire user experience. Our products should be built to the point where skill blurs into art. We wish to go beyond ERPNext and reuse existing platforms and expertise to build new products and services.
Free software is at the core of Frappe. While it was an accidental decision, it has become the core DNA and the key part of the identity. Free software creates public assets and does not seek rent. Strategically, it is also a powerful differentiator and distribution mechanism. Free software at its core, is about empowerment and education. By providing our assets and knowledge to our users, we do not seek to unfairly bind our users, but to empower them to do greater things.
We believe our tools like ERPNext can help organizations reduce waste and complexity. Frappe + ERPNext has the potential to be a “full stack” replacement for not only ERP (SAP/Oracle) but also the entire enterprise stack (Java/.NET). Our role should be between “transformation” and “here is the code”. We should help organizations achieve their goals and be better by supporting their technology platforms. This would mean having a strong functional and technical consulting practice.
Be an organization where people can thrive
We aspire to be an organizational culture where people feel at “home” and are able to explore their full potential, feel safe, make great friends, and have a fulfilling journey. This means balancing external goals with internal ones, ensuring fairness and freedom along with stability and customer deliverables. It means balancing the interests of customers, employees, shareholders and the society. We plan to achieve this by being a democratically run organization where the people who are part of the team have an equal voice in deciding the things that affect them.
That's it! If you are excited to be a part of this vision, come join us.
Published: 21st January 2021