The BizSpark startup of the day is CodeVine Software Company, based in Turkey. You will find below an interview with Ersin Ateş, Co-Founder and General Manager of CodeVine Software. All the best to them and congrats for being the startup of the day!
Interview with Ersin Ateş, Co-Founder and General Manager of CodeVine Software
Tell us who you are and your role in the company:
I’m one of the co-founders of CodeVine Software and work as general manager.
What did you do before creating your company?
Worked as software developer and IT specialist for some private companies, had several self business opportunities, especially experienced in Microsoft CRM and Silverlight. My partners too had worked as software developers for prestigious companies and also they were members of Imagine Cup 2008 Turkey Winner Team, Lorientalis.
How do you feel being the most promising ‘Startup of the Day’ per Microsoft BizSpark?
It’s always fine to see appreciated for what we did or we are still doing, also gives us courage to rise up the abilities a bit more which we are capable of.
What is your company’s mission?
Our mission is to create wise and agile software solutions for our valuable costumers and try to run closer with the newest technologies ahead. With the help of this idea, CodeVine Software already found its place on the areas of Finance and Stocks. Our “Vob Client” product is one of the most speed-wised, secure and user-friendly Stock Market software, in use for some prestigious Investment Companies and Commercial Banks.
Also we progressed on developing CRM based solution for Insurance Experts, waiting for final tests to take in to market. Beside all for a dream of enviro-conscious and responsive society, we are building a unique, social platform for people to donate for lot of different environmental campaigns such as planting trees, protecting endangered species etc.
How did you get the idea for your company?
Considering with my partners, we all had individual experiences on different aspects of software, such as CRM, ERP, SharePoint and Silverlight etc. We knew it was a “must” for us to collect those experiences and bring new perspectives, fresh solutions and stronger products. So that the idea of “must”, we decided to take our shot when the right time was up.
Tell us about your funding history. Are you currently looking for funding? If so, how much?
Funding? Who doesn’t need funding though? But actually for the entire lifetime of CodeVine, we did what we did without any special funding. Unlucky though for all of us, we couldn’t see what CodeVine could have scored with the right investors to come.
How many employees do you have? How many developers?
Two partners with me, co-founder, co-owner and developers all three.
Are you hiring? If yes, what are you hiring and where?
Not yet, but surely we have plans to hire people very soon to enlarge the company.
Which platform are you building on? Why?
Microsoft Visual Studio 2008, a unique tool to develop stronger software solutions, making it so easy.
Where do you see opportunities today in the Software/internet area?
Web based software solutions have more value than ever nowadays and social entertainment platforms will still find players to join. Reaching mass of internet users creates the value and we are aware of that.
What do you think about the BizSpark Program?
I must admit that I’m so glad to be a member of BizSpark Program. We are happy to have chance to experience valuable organizations, to attend well-required seminars and to be entitled to use the latest software products and platforms of Microsoft Family.
Do you have any advice for young Software entrepreneurs?
Being so proud to be one of them, I want all talented young entrepreneurs to do their bests of their own. Very first courage made us to take the road and surely it will lead us. (Be strong and straight to get paid what you deserve of course).
Who’s your role model?
Personally, there are some local heroes that guide us, but besides we admire Microsoft and Google.
What’s the ONE THING you would like readers to take away from this interview?
CodeVine Software is a young, talented software company, already has many satisfied customer references with well answered expectations and I strongly believe we can be so much more than we are.