The actual dream of creating Little Eye Labs began in 2012, but the emotional dream started in 2010 when former colleagues and friends—Kumar Rangarajan, Satyam Kandula, Lakshman Kakkirala, Giridhar Murthy, Aditya Kulkarni, Gaurav Lochan and Srikant Sahay—decided they wanted to step off the usual techie path. “We all know that doing something different means doing something on your own,” begins Rangarajan, who is called the Chief Ion (as they refer to themselves) of Little Eye Labs, the company that created Little Eye: a performance analysis and monitoring tool that can help identify and fix performance problems in Android apps. And that dream got bigger when Facebook acquired the company last month—the first foray into Indian companies for the social networking giant.
Like the KGB and CIA, the Ions do covert operations for mobile apps. “We smooth out all the bumps and make a good app even better, by looking into minute but important details. For example, if an app uses too much power, we fix that so it doesn’t drain your battery,” Rangarajan tells us.
Facebook trained its sights on this dynamic team, when they were brought into the limelight by Google in 2013, at the annual Google I/O conference in London. “We give in-depth context about the app—the kind of person using it, where, how and why,” the Chief Ion says, adding that it doesn’t even need coding. “All you need to do is plug it in and you’ll be ready for an app profile.” And that is exactly what the team (that’s moved to the US) will be doing at the Facebook headquarters in California.
— Aakanksha Devi