First Meteor Meetup this year

Yesterday we arranged a really successful Meetup to start this years Meteor activites.

This years first Meteor Meetup in Gothenburg -18 people showed up, more than expected and more than registered in beforehand on meetup.com – which is a first! So I can tell you that it was really successful already the beginning.

Pizza and beverages were served in Findwise Gothenburg office. Big thanks to Sebastian Ilves and Benjamin Lilland from Devkittens for helping out with arrangements.

We started up with a short presentation about what has happened in the community and in Gothenburg since last meetup last year. Here is the presentation with some newly added facts.

Then we carried on with demonstrations of some apps we have built at Findwise with Meteor, just mentioning a few:

  • Burnout – A search driven problem finder for websites using crawl-techniques and a search engine backend to deliver diagnostics to the Meteor front end application which handles user sessions and user specific data.
  • Keybox – A brilliant and quick app, which sprung out of a problem with key accesses on many different environment. The app helps out distributing access to servers for people just like you manage your keys in Github but for servers.
  • Signatures – Also a search driven app that helps Findwise staff to generate their email signatures by themselves, using the search to gather data from the company active directory.

Between a couple in-house app demonstrations we invited people from the community to demo what they have built or are working on.

Patrik Göthe first demoed an iPhone app built with Meteor to paint vectors with SVG almost like you paint with the pen tool in Photoshop and you can also change the background hue of the artboard your painting on. The original idea was to enable people to get nice colored background images for their phone, with a hue one could control just by the touch drag event.

Patrik demoed another application for people who do live coding. The app was reconfigured from being only a Meteor in the browser to being a desktop app. You can open code files and divide the code into chunks. In addition you can use this app in the background to help paste each part with a short command in the Mac when you are presenting and live coding a piece of software.

Andreas Rolén from GBG Startup Hack was here and demoed an app that can be used for hackathons or competitions. You can login to the app and adjust the teams and score etc from your phone, and updates would then be visible live on the website and on screens mounted in the hackathon location.

In total I think we got to see 10 apps demoed. As that wasn’t enough, Robin Lindh Nilsson and Johan Carlberg caught everyone’s attention when we all suddenly were playing their game on our own laptops and live on the TV. This was fun and exciting to say the least. Here’s a link to the game: http://globbyonline.diamonde.se/

Robin also demoed his conversion app that has been live for a while now – you can convert anything on this app: http://www.convertercentral.com/

Finally Mickaël Delaunay held a presentation about how you can in the best way publish your app on your own server, which was very professional and greatly done.

So thanks for this great meetup, I hope we see more like this soon again!

Finding the right information requires finding the right talent

At Findwise we are experts in helping organizations setting up systems to find their corporate information and presenting it in every way imaginable. But we are not only good at finding the right information, we must also be good at finding the right people to come work for us.

The people working here are highly skilled consultants within different areas such as business consulting, information management, text analytics, user experience, system design etc. They all have two things in common; they were handpicked to work here because of their unique expertise and passion for search technology and they could all easily have chosen to work someplace else.

Our way of finding these people is based on the notion that talent attracts talent. That means in order to find new talented people we must make the ones who are already working here thrive and come to work each day filled with joy and anticipation. That creates the ripple effect we need to compete for talent with the giants of the IT industry.

How do we accomplish that? Well, talented people must be respected as equals and be given the freedom to create and innovate. You don’t hire a talent to tell him or her exactly how to do what they are talented at. That would be like hiring Michael Jackson and then telling him how to write a hit song. We want our talented people to feel encouraged to act independently and bravely, that is how their talents best are put to use for Findwise and our clients.

Within the corporate world today these are still surprisingly uncommon ideas and two of the major daily newspapers in Sweden have both written about our approach to management, an article in SvD last fall and one recently in Dagens Nyheter.

To summarize the news, Findwise approach to management is to continue to uphold an open, trusting environment with a flat corporate structure, in which flexible working hours, freedom and own responsibility are principal. »Use your own judgment« is the golden rule which encourages a fighting spirit and the desire to develop new ideas.

We gladly walk this talk. And it has paid off so far. We are now employing more than 90 people, have managed more than 700 client projects and have enjoyed steady and profitable growth since the start in 2005. We are well on our way towards becoming a world-leading enterprise in our field, and it is all thanks to the talented people who work here.

/Olof Belfrage