Empower Joyous Expansion
From a startup to a multifaceted
In 2019, we took a giant leap of faith and announced Smile Turtle Group (STG) to the world. The only bootstrapped startup in Dubai, backed by decades of global experience and expertise in our core offerings of technology, research and solutions. We are a forward-focused company operating in various verticals with an exceptional understanding of our customers and the markets we operate in. Led by KV Holdings, Smile Turtle Group (STG) is built on strong values that empower joyous expansion of communities across the world. Our growing team of 230 enthusiastic, inspiring professionals is geographically dispersed, serving local markets and customers on a global platform.
Byte Blanket, BB Fintech, BB Digital and Enter Bubble Technologies (EBT) are dedicated to partnering progression by connecting technology, people and businesses. We create and accurately deliver disruptive products and solutions that empower organisations to experience and share the real-world impact of advanced technologies with their customers.STG also runs the STG Foundation, our community-focused initiative and Thrive, our investment arm.
Vijay Antony Alen
Founder & CEO
Vijay Antony Alen (Vijay) is the Founder and CEO of Smile Turtle Group (STG). Vijay has close to 20 years of experience in Technology and Core Banking. He has worked with Core Banking clients and Credit Unions across the globe and has effectively delivered several successful product architectures, innovative trends, designs and solutions as well as projects in this domain.
Prior to founding Smile Turtle Group (STG), Vijay spent 18 years in Temenos, a Swiss-based Core Banking software giant, where he started out as a developer in 2001. He carries a passion for innovation and leveraging technology and has been appreciated by all his clients, for his deep focus on client satisfaction and reciprocation of the trust that clients have bestowed on him.
Having worked with over 500 institutions, Vijay built a world class team at Smile Turtle Group (STG) to continue to support Core Banking clients, Credit Unions and other large corporates in effectively achieving their business needs and digital transformation goals.
Mr. George Koukis (Founder of Temenos) has referred to Vijay as one of the best Temenosians on a global level.
Vijay co-founded the entire expert services practice for Temenos, working with Mr. Steve Williams, the Founder of Temenos Expert Services, who is now a part of our team.
“The Man with All the Answers” – This was the first official Temenos Expert Services global press release which featured Vijay’s role as the first ever Temenos Client Architect.
Rajesh Varadarajan Senior Director, STG
STG’s offering to employees is truly unique, providing everyone with an opportunity to not only build on their skillset but also exceed individual goals.
Ganapathy Sitaram Senior Director, STG
STG is a great place to work with a lovely atmosphere. Simply amazing!
Johann Heinrich Roos Senior Advisor, STG
The Smile Turtle Group encompasses phenomenal and compassionate leadership, mature and advanced internal organisational systems and processes, along with world-class products and solutions which are poised to overwhelm most industries, globally. A privilege to be associated with STG.
Balasubramanian Ramanathan T24 Principal Business Trainer, STG
Even a small spark in a tiny act is identified and nurtured here at STG, so that the sparks grow together into a glowing fire, spreading warmth and light.