Over the years, I’ve collaborated with dozens of successful European startup founders. Many of them weren’t interested in building remote companies.Continue reading
Articles by Maciej Gałkiewicz
What is strong company culture?
It’s not a set of benefits, a gaming room with the newest Xbox or kombucha on tap.Continue reading
In April 2018, my business partners at Ragnarson and I joined a local group of IT entrepreneurs in Lodz, Poland. We usually meet once a month and discuss topics that are relevant to our interests. It's a place to learn from each other and share our struggles.Continue reading
Getting a referral to an investor is one of the best ways to speed up your fundraising process.
But you need to follow a couple of rules when asking for a referral.Continue reading
There is a common problem that we’ve seen in many pitch decks of impact-driven startups.
It’s the lack of balance between emphasizing financial returns and the purpose behind ideas and companies.
Some startups focus too much on the financial side...Continue reading
During my studies, I became a DevOps engineer at Ragnarson, a software consultancy based in Łódź, Poland. The company was run by Łukasz Piestrzeniewicz, one of the key people in the Polish Ruby on Rails scene.Continue reading
Are you using Heroku or a similar provider and you are not sure how cost-effective it is in the long run?
Are there other limitations of a Platform-as-a-Service of your choice and it would be great to know how expensive and complicated it is to migrate if necessary?
If you are concerned by either of these let me show you if and when it’s worth to start considering a change.Continue reading
Finding the right environment that best supports one’s professional goals can be a daunting task, especially in the current labor market since it offers an abundance of opportunities. Based on many years of experience conducting hundreds of interviews at Ragnarson, I would like to share a few observations of our team to assist job applicants.Continue reading
A few years back, Romania wasn’t the primary destination for impact investors looking for interesting projects so far, but it’s changing now.Continue reading
Huge crises happened to us a few times.
When Łukasz, the founder of Ragnarson, passed away in 2014, Ragnarson almost collapsed.Continue reading
On average, investors review dozens, hundreds, or even thousands of pitch decks in a year.Continue reading
Investors consider many factors when making an investment decision.
One of them is the team - they expect it to be solid, hands-on, and motivated to deliver what the startup promises.
That is not always the case.Continue reading
One of the common problems impact-driven founders face is finding the right investor. It means someone who cares both about the profit and impact.Continue reading
The most common sources of funding for startups are venture capital and private investors.
There is, however, one more very interesting alternative source. It’s the public sector.Continue reading
In 2016, a crisis was at our doorstep at Ragnarson. We just lost two major clients, needed to lay off our people, and struggled to get new projects. There were more and more software agencies appearing around us, and we felt like we were “just like everyone else,” with the same, undifferentiated offering.Continue reading
Water is one of the Earth’s priceless resources and, being involved in almost every aspect of our lives, it’s the foundation of the world’s economy.Continue reading