I’m CTO at Glisser, a London based startup that provides a platform for presenters, teachers and their audiences to interact.
Could you please introduce yourself
Sure, I’m a French developer now based in London, via Belgium. I have been doing software development for around 10 years in fields such as telecommunications, office solutions and education. I’m currently in the media and event industry.
My role is to architect and extend a web solution, with all the challenges that brings… improving a service from a MVP to an enterprise level with a focus on business continuity and security. Lean methodologies, ‘fail-fast / learn fast’ and continuous integration plays a huge part in this, because resources in a startup can be limited and the deadlines tight.
How did you start working with Ukrainian team? (where did find them)
In the early stages of a start up, pushing a prototype out can be a huge amount of initial development and finding a core development team can take time and be difficult. Good developers are not easy to find. Outsourcing development can be a great help to get the initial product out of the door. We found the company based on word of mouth, and ended up working with them for several years.
What was the key reason why you chose them?
They offered expertise in modern technologies with good problem-solving capabilities and a responsive attitude – this is was simply what we were after.
What did you like in the working process?
Probably the thing that I liked the most was to be in touch with very talented developers writing quality code with good engineering practices. A code that is looked after and kept up with good standards is always appreciated.
What you didn’t like?
Like any remote working, communication can be a challenge. It comes from both ends really, but you just can’t beat being in the same room.
Generally, I thought that the most difficult was to get the ‘why’ across rather than the ‘what’ we do, as people are technical enough to understand the ‘what’. Also when people come and go, it can be a little tedious for new developers to learn a whole new IP which affects any development team really. Overall, this has been a pleasant experience.
We’re now moving towards bringing our development team in house as our product is maturing.