回想九年前，我、Rick和Roy一起創業，推出首個產品協助客戶建立表格並透過Paypal收取款項。我們三人為了這產品殫精竭慮，但也因為這產品確切地幫助到一些小企業而感到滿足。誠然，這個產品還不算破壞式創新 (disruptive innovation)。它只是跟比較大規模的競爭對手分一杯羹，而當時我們亦沒有得到矽谷投資者的青睞。隨之而來，我們開始接受客戶委託開發產品。是的，我們成為了一家代理開發商。我們沒有成為誘人的科技新貴，而變成市場上已然泛濫的代理商之一。看似寂寂無聞胸無大志的小公司，沒有矽谷光環的加持，竟也默默接到一椿又一椿的生意。團隊擴充了幾回，人手還是永遠不夠應付堆積如山的案子。 Continue reading “為什麼矽谷不是我的創業首選: 還有我如何在新創的荊棘路途上生存下來。”
As my company’s grown, the number of internal / external meetings and tasks has become crazy. I have no time to wander around in office and have casual chats with fellows any more.
While people in the office have coffee and casual chats I am usually running for the next scheduled meeting or discussion item. Casual office chats is one of the things I miss most. Continue reading “I Gave Up My Desk for a Week and This is What I Learned: Management by Wandering”
我們團隊曾開發過榮登App Sore內過百萬下載次數的精選項目，我們在努力研發我們的開源產品Skygear，開發地正是這片「荒漠」。 Continue reading “如何找到可靠的軟體工程師？三個標準篩選出蘋果、Google 等級的優秀 coder”
We recently did a quarterly review with our content interns and found that one piece took 3 x 8-hour days to write.
An editor, full-time staff, and the intern were involved over the course of three weeks, which made our intern’s piece more expensive than our in-house staff writers’ pieces. You’re probably asking, why did we hire him?
Continue reading “Interns Are Not Good Free Labor”
I’m a typical developer geek and introvert — the type that just sits and listens in social gatherings and has nervous habits for public speaking. But I’m not stuck in a dark basement, and you might be surprised to know I run a web and mobile development agency with over 40 people. In fact, my company’s been around for 9 years and worked with clients like Thompson Reuters and other international companies.
To my fellow introverts: sorry, it doesn’t get easier. But it does get a bit better, and I’ll try to share the things that worked for me over the years that help me cope — maybe even succeed — in putting myself out there so that I can get contracts and pay the team members I’ve recruited and love working with.
Continue reading “How I attracted awesome team members as an introverted founder”
People often say Hong Kong is a tech wasteland. They say the city suffers from developer brain drain. That all top-tier developers are lured to Silicon Valley. Well, I think that’s crap.
There’s more to engineering than just money, or offices like the Googleplex, or just geeking-out with people in the Bay Area.
Continue reading “I don’t care what tools a developer uses. I hire based on fundamentals.”
About nine years ago, I co-founded a company with Rick and Roy and created a product that helped businesses create forms and collect payments via Paypal. It ate up three of our lives and made life better for some small businesses. Honestly, this first product didn’t disrupt an industry. It probably only took a handful of clients from bigger competitors and we don’t have investors from Silicon Valley. Oursky has no valuation. Instead, we started getting paid to make other people’s products. Yes. We became an agency. We gave up being a sexy startup to become just another agency. And we got more jobs than we could handle, so we recruited more developers to help.
Now, we’re an agency that’s worked with listed companies like Yahoo! and Philips and created products with half a million active users. We’ve also opened up a satellite office…in Taiwan. I’m sharing this because I’m one of thousands of tech founders around the world who started companies not based in Silicon Valley that make money, have happy clients, and great team members.
Continue reading “Why I didn’t build my company in Silicon Valley”
My company’s cornerstone principles is manage yourself. As long as you get stuff done, no-one will mind when you’re in the office. Remote work seemed like a logical next step for self management. We wanted to accommodate each of our 40+ team members’ working styles.
Since my company grew organically, without outside investment, and has less than 10% annual turnover for people who pass probation, I’m pretty sure we got something right.
Remote work wasn’t one of them. Continue reading “Why our company’s remote work system failed”
It’s almost 2017! Most would agree 2016 has been a roller coaster ride. Before Oursky breaks for the winter holidays, we’re taking the time to reflect on this year’s milestones, achievements, and learnings. We’re grateful to all our clients, friends, and extended Oursky family who challenged and supported us to grow as a company. Find out what we’ve been up to below! Continue reading “Code, Celebrations, and Cats: Oursky’s 2016 Year-In-Review”
Normally, we talk about code at Oursky, but a discussion about period leave in Hong Kong last spring got us thinking about our team culture. Why were people having this debate? Or rather, we realized, the question was: why wasn’t it one for us?
I’m one of 3 technical male founders, so this piece involves input from our company’s 12 female team members (representing 25% of the company). In short, we address the “problem” every day with a simple e-mail update to the entire company.
Also, our “solution” evolved organically. When I asked everyone how it started, no-one could remember. I’d love to share with you how we solved this problem before it even became one.
Continue reading “How we figured out period leave without a single meeting”