CodiLime is one of those Dream Teams among IT companies.

This consulting and software Poland based company, turned out to be really ambitious and became very international on its early stage. Their first client was Japanese telecommunication services NTT, which is pretty impressive, especially because the company was still quite small at that time, and had no founds from outside investor, by choice not lack of opportunities.

This consulting and software Poland based company, turned out to be really ambitious and became very international on its early stage. Their first client was Japanese telecommunication services NTT, which is pretty impressive, especially because the company was still quite small at that time, and had no founds from outside investor, by choice not lack of opportunities.

It must be the team that makes it so special.

Tomasz Kułakowski knew exactly what he needed when starting CodiLime in 2011. He went to the best polish technical universities and found young talents with great perspectives. Although he had to compete with Google and Facebook on that one, because they were also interested in polish software engineers, he was determined and believed in the project. He succeeded. Now CodiLime has about 80 employees. Many of them gained Silicon Valley experience working for Microsoft, NVIDIA and mentioned before – Google and Facebook.

Time for Dealavo.

Dealavo Smart Prices is their newest product. It is an advanced business intelligence tool for price monitoring designed for everyone who sales on the Internet – from tiny web stores to international FMCG manufacturers. It supports e-commerce sales by collecting and analysing huge e-products data and presents it in a way you can understand it. That basically means you can check your competitors’ prices and build better sales strategy for your e-business. You can find out more on http://dealavo.com/.

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To understand better the company means to know what’s on CEO’s mind. Tomasz Kułakowski shared a bit about his journey with CodiLime.

1. What made you decide to start CodiLime?

Most of my working life was about business development. In 2011 I thought, it’s the right time to start my own business. I believed in a potential of the polish software engineers from the beginning and I wanted to make a use of it, even though they all said, those guys will probably choose international corporations instead. Well, they were wrong and we have the top-notch IT specialist in our company.

2. Was there anything that surprise you at the beginning of your business?

The ease with which our company has grown from day to day;-)

3. What are your goals for Dealavo?

Dealavo was created to serve the people at every level of e-business. We want to convince both, smaller and medium-sized enterprises, how powerful information is and what are the advantages of business intelligence tools. Give them access to the solutions that were available for the largest international corporations only.

4. What do you want to accomplish within the next 2 years regarding Dealavo? 

Currently we’re expanding our team of specialists, that works on innovative solutions and tools and sales team. So far, Dealavo was used by Polish entrepreneurs, so now we’re trying to reach e-retailers in European countries and the United States. We want to get to know a foreign customer and meet their expectations. It’s a big challenge for us, but CodliLime always aimed height and we want to keep it that way. Within 2.5 years, we have increased the number of staff to 80 people. Our target is 300-500 employees over the next 30 months.

5. Why do you think this company can beat the competition? 

We employ leading IT specialists, talents, often winners of IT contests, including international ones, but also the outstanding self-taught. We have former employees of Facebook, Google, Microsoft, or NVIDIA working for us. Thanks to close cooperation with NTT we have access to the latest and best practices, that we have been successfully developing in Poland.

6. What advice would you give to e-commerce startup?

First of all, bet on young talents – provide them with good working conditions and observe how they spread their wings. A well-knit team and professionalism from the start is essential. A bit of willingness to take risks and you have recipe for success.

7. What other CEOs do you look up to?

Michael O’Leary, Ryanair CEO.