As bright as the future may seem, we are still pushing ourselves every day to make our customers even happier and gain even more speed. We all mind waiting!
team members have taken part in Garage48 events before and after the
event we won that changed our lives. Visiting Garage48 hackathons and
staying in tune has been inspirational.
It’s not just about the “next killer startup” or even going beyond the 48
hours. Definitely not all the teams or ideas have to survive - but the people
and lessons do.
“Startups win by being impatient over a long period of time.”
developer Kristaps Grinbergs has both a BA and an MA in iOS, but he still went
back to Garage48 Riga because it was a challenge for him to learn Android
development, which was a bit behind for us at that moment.
Siim Raud joined Qminder with the aim of developing a Nokia Meego app, just
because he “had
done something with QT a decade before” and we wanted to win the Nokia sponsor
price – it was only later we learned that he was the architect behind the world record
breaking Estonian census project.
Our developer Martin Verrev, MSE specializing on startups, shall also take the trip to Belarus Garage48 Minsk 2013 event. It is a wonderful opportunity to connect with the people who have shown interest for Qminder from that market, with some hands-on hardcore coding and pushing oneself.
Qminder and Garage48 Tartu weren’t the first events or projects I took part in. For example,
I had been part of a team called Smashr – quite an absurd app idea that
challenges you to destroy your phone. To mention some of the people from the
team: Toomas Römer (co-founder of Zeroturnaround, Martin Villig (COO of Modera), and Rain Rannu (founder of Garage48
and Fortumo). The next time I met Rain was in
Silicon Valley, where he was living at the time, and it was my first visit
there. To have the option to call these people up is amazing.
The people you meet at Garage48 is an extraordinary combination of characters and they are great examples of being persistent while being impatient. The founder of Skype and the young chap who is determined to build something bigger than Skype come together.
We at Qminder
managed to find the balance and the team of cross-functional people with skill,
experience and ambition. We have taken the risks and gotten the taste of
I highly recommend it!
Stay hungry. Stay foolish
Text by: Rauno Rüngas (founder of Qminder)