Anders talked with Erik Hedberg from Webbgaraget about their company and how they recently hired their first employee.
In your own words, what is Webbgaraget?
Webbgaraget is the web agency of Uppsala with a broad technical competence. We create websites for customers with high demands on functionality, but at the same time user friendly administration. A major part of our work consist of providing technical consulting and competence to digital agencies lacking those skills. A lot of agencies have the competence to design a web site, but no in-house development competence. We do also produce web sites to end-clients, since we possess the required skills.
What does Webbgaraget mean?
Webbgaraget means “The web garage”, naively translated. We wanted a name that wasn’t generic and would make our audience to automatically associate it with our branch.
How big is your team and what is your background?
As of now, we’re four people. Webbgaraget was started in 2008 when the founders Anders, Andreas and Erik were studying information technology at Uppsala University. Post graduation we immediately proceeded with running the business full time. Our fourth colleague, Lisa, joined us in April this year. She has a background in freelancing as web developer and storytelling
You started the company straight out of university , how was that and is there anything you would’ve done different?
The huge benefit was that we were used to living on student aid. Therefore, we didn’t have much spendings and were able to focus on developing the business while growing the customer base. There’s probably a lot of things we could have done different, there always is. But as of today, we’re in a position where we’re quite happy. We have many loyal clients and challenging projects.
What’s the biggest strength that Webbgaraget has? What sort of development do you enjoy most?
It might sound cliche, but we do enjoy the variety the most.
Thanks to our background as engineers, we’re very picky on the entire process. Many of our clients have been dissatisfied with their former agencies, not delivering the requested functionality and leaving out parts of the scope. They have expressed their gratitude in our detailed time plans, including deliverables and the expectations on each stakeholder
It might sound cliche, but we do enjoy the variety the most. In my personal opionion, a challening frontend job is always welcome.
You just hired your first employee, tell us about that?
We needed another developer to shorten the time to delivery. Some of our clients require small and quick releases. In order to meet that requirement, while also working on larger projects, we decided to expand the team. We were surprised by the number of applications that were submitted. To be an attractive employer is one of our best credentials. We also want to point out that about 25% of all the applicants were female. That’s a number far bigger that we had expected.
It was hard to pick one among the people who showed up for an interview. In the end, we chose a multi-competent developer who we thought could be a appropriate contributor to the team. She was also possesing the entrepreneurial personality, thanks to her freelancing experience.
Have you considered taking external funding?
No, so far we haven’t been facing that situation.
Anything you would like to add?
Everyone should have a go at running a startup!