Posted June 10, 2018 12:04:54The next time you feel the urge to run down the street to grab a sandwich at a fast-food joint, consider the fact that you might be wasting time and money on software development that may or may not work.
Developers have been trying to figure out how to do this for decades, and now there’s a simple way to do it.
Startups are being founded at a time when it is often impossible to source a suitable developer and it can be difficult to track down qualified developers with the current supply of developer talent available.
It’s time to get back to the drawing board, and the first thing to do is find a developer with a passion for software development.
“I love building software,” says Joe Kallum, a senior software developer at an Australian-based software company.
“I love software and I love to learn how to build software.”
Kallum and his team of software developers have been building software in Australia for more than a decade.
Their team has a few clients in Australia and the US, but the majority of their work is done overseas.
When they were first starting out in Australia, they were approached by a potential client with a vision to build a platform to facilitate their international business.
Kallums and his partners looked into it and saw that this was something they could work on.
They built the platform, and soon enough it was on the verge of launch.
“We built a very simple and easy-to-use platform,” he says.
“We didn’t know what it was going to be, but we knew it had a big potential.”
They wanted to launch it first and then work with the platform’s competitors to develop the other features.
“It was like building a house from scratch,” he said.
“The only thing we needed was the foundation and the foundation alone.”
Kalli, who is also the founder of a small Australian software development startup, was initially excited to start a company, but it quickly became clear that the Australian tech market was not a good fit for his team.
“Once we got there, we were very disappointed,” he explained.
“It was just a really low-touch, low-risk business.
It was like having a baby and then having a huge party.”
He didn’t like the fact they were in a developing country, and he was not used to being a part of an established company.
“You get used to working with a smaller team,” he explains.
“You can be at your desk, but not on your phone.
That was a really tough one.”
He left his job in Sydney to start his own business and focus on developing software.
“What I really like about starting a business is you get to really develop yourself,” he continued.
“If you don’t do that, you’re not going to get anywhere.
So it was really important that I did it for myself.”
After a while, he realised that they had built a really nice platform.
“The first thing I did was to write the platform code, and that’s how I got involved in the business,” he remembers.
That code has now become a valuable resource for his company, and Kalli has been able to keep his business going.
“Most people don’t know that it was actually me that wrote the code,” he adds.
“They think it’s just a bunch of code that I wrote and put it on GitHub and everything is awesome.
But actually, the real reason that I started was because I was really looking for a mentor.”
The lessons learntKalli is now in his second year as the chief operating officer of his new company, the BlueSky Group, which he created after his time working at a software startup.
“Our business is actually about the things that we’re not good at, and I think this is one of those things,” he recalls.
“So, when we were building our product, we made sure we did all of the work, and when we put together the platform and got the community together, that was really what we needed.”
It’s an approach he hopes to repeat for his next startup, and it’s something he says has been successful.
“There’s definitely a lot of learning to be done from our experience.
I’ve been able a lot to build better software because of the learning that we’ve had,” he continues.”
So, there’s definitely value in it.
There’s definitely the value that you get from having a team of developers, and having people that have the right mindset and experience.”
Kallo, who has been a software developer for 15 years, says he is excited to see the next generation of software start-ups.
“In this generation of tech, you are really, really lucky if you’re a startup,” he concludes.
“Software development is one thing you can do, but you can’t be an international company and be a developer in Australia.
So I think the next big thing