niedziela, 1 lipca 2018

Le grand voyage

sobota, 5 maja 2018

Crossroad


And it become a fact. I have taken a regular job as Java Developer. It does not mean that my dream of having own company is dead now. They has just proposed something I never dream of. A work from home.

The office is in Warsaw but I'm working from home. I have more freedom that in normal job and do not lose time on travel from and to the office. I turn the computer on and I'm in the job. I turn it off and it is free time. 

But the dream of own company is not over. In May we have been invited to EduCamp III in Warsaw. The main prize is million Polish Zloty but we do not aim at it, as we are not educational company. Still we have a chance to be selected. 

Last year they invited us to finals but at the end said that we are not educational. Well, we will try to work more on our action plan in this area during the camp. We will see the effects soon.


sobota, 27 stycznia 2018

New Hope


I have bad news for all this head hunters that was storming me in last weeks. I have obtained personal founding for next six months and decided to spend this time on my company - Jaaz Portal.

If things will gone wild and we will not obtain further funding and will stop my contribution to this project but for now I'm quite optimistic.

We are in touch in several small investors interested in the project. We hope that in March we will launch some equity crowdfunding campaign on Seedrs or CrowCube to which you could also contribute financially.

Now I'm and Bishesh that joined us some months ago are focused on it. I'm also coding little bit but paper work is something that consumes most of my time...

piątek, 8 grudnia 2017

Looking for a job


It's funny but on the 150 anniversary of Jozef Pilsudski birthday some fundamental thing has changed in my life. After begin selected to the final stage of Edulab.io contest, we at Jaaz has been completely rejected on that day. 

For me it is mark of the fall of some dream. Of me begin a chief of own company. We passed through some hundreds of other startups but failed on that day. Very symbolic day.

It also says you something of 'Good Change' that ruling party is performing. For me personally, looking from the professional point of view it is very symptomatic and dangerous.

I cannot let you know how it will be and how this thing will be resolved by the current rulers but I have observed something already. The gates to the governmental companies are closed for me. Nowadays, in difference to the time I was looking for job few years ago it is a huge loss.

You know that for some people not only in Poland my character and the personal story can be a controversial. Believe me, in business, it is even harder. The companies do not want in general to have somebody like me to work with their clients directly. 

They rather would want to have me hidden somewhere in their Research & Development departments. And such positions are really hard to find even nowadays when the number of offers has tripled since the time I was looking for job in Warsaw.

środa, 29 listopada 2017

Changes


Upcoming New Year is a moment of time in which it is good to make a changes. My one will be maybe biggest in my life so far. We have decide to terminate contract with my current employer - Insys. 

There are two reasons behind. For first work here was like in middle of 90'ths mainly because obsolete technology on which company is based. Namely 4GL - little know language of 4th generation, as they call it.

There was also issue of me handling installation of Informix and other devops activities that was disrupting me in coding fancy Angular applications. Now it is behind me I can focus on development.

What I will be doing? I want to move back to Warsaw where I spend 10 years and where I have friends. Everyone from my little town has left it, so I was living past years alone with my mother. 

I will continue my adventure with Jaaz Portal Limited but if in relative short time I will not obtain source of founding I will need to look for another job. 

We will see. Tomorrow I'm heading to Warsaw on the meeting in EduLab.io. We have been chosen from hundreds of companies to have 3 hour meeting on which we need to convince them to give us up to 250 000 Euro. Keep your fingers crossed...

wtorek, 4 kwietnia 2017

Working


Since long time I was not updating you on my developments. Well, since three months I'm working in a company specialized in software for fashion designers and boutiques. But I did not gave up on Jaaz.

To be honest I'm investing a lot of my earnings into my own business and soon I hope this will bring me a fruits. The company is now registered as UK entity and we have started serious fund raising campaign.

On beginning we started from small individual investors but we do not have big hope it will work. Mostly they want to put their money in some companies that are well established on the market not into idea that will need a months to hit it. 

But we are looking for web-hosting companies. We have a base of more that 100 profitable UK businesses acting on this stage and soon we will address them with our proposal to form Jaaz Alliance. Our way to develop landscape changing software. So cross your fingers, dear friends.

niedziela, 6 listopada 2016

Looking for co-founder


Behind me weeks of business development. Definitively I need some coding so from next week I'm returning to our Beta Version of Jaaz Portal. What has been done so far? Foremost we have decided that we need a co-founder.

We are so far without success looking for foreign investors. We have received some warm replies but always they state that they are not investing in the companies from outside of the United Kingdom or the United States.

Therefore we have found a idea to try to look for some co-founder that will help us to open our business in the UK or US. We will left our R&D activities in Warsaw but will move our headquarters to the London. 

We have asked some possible co-founders to team up. There are great sites like Founders Nation, Co Founders Lab or Founder Dating. Some people has replied and we are talking right now. Will give you an update, soon. I hope.