Here is an interview with Konstantin Boyko, CEO and owner of JustCoded.
1. What is JustCoded and why did you start it?
JustCoded is a web development company based in Eastern Europe, which provides a wide range of services in PHP development and website building. We use MVC frameworks like Symfony 2, Yii framework and popular CMS solutions like WordPress, Drupal. JustCoded was initially started by 3 developers in 2007 and these days our team has around 30 people on board. Unlike many other PHP developers who try to avoid creating HTML/CSS themselves we always do full-cycle development and frontend/UI development is one of our strong sides. We value the quality of our work above all and attention to details is one of the most important things we want our developers to learn.
We are always trying to build long-term partnerships with our clients. It could be both outsourcing/out-staffing relationships and direct contracts with business owners.
2. What is the most challenging part working for startup world?
Startup ecosystem has a lot of different players in it and they all are very different. It takes some time to understand how things are working there, however it becomes more and more interesting when you know things deeper. When you do some development for a startup there is a big chance that you start building one product and finally deliver something completely different - startup ideas change faster than you can implement them.
3. When and why did you decide to join Certified Developer Program at Startup Commons?
We joined Certified Developer Program in the beginning of 2014. It was interesting and challenging to become
a part of global initiative and take part in the development of startup community system. Of course for our business the main benefit is bringing some work for our developers, but this is not the only reason - we hope that our experience will add some value to the product.
4. What are you working on together with Startup Commons?
Startup Commons platform has global development roadmap which we try to follow as much as possible. Right now we are in the process of transition of the old platform to new and improved UI. At the same time we implement custom features requested by specific communities/customers.
5. What advice would you give to future developers starting out?
I would say that the first thing you need to do at the beginning is to understand the business logic - otherwise you’ll quickly be confused with something. You can’t develop the system without understanding how things work in startup world and once you know that things become much easier for development as well.
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