Introducing #GeekCapsule videos series

You have been a star follower for months (or years), and you already know the genuine passion we put on doing every single thing; every single project, every single product. We never will stop to do that.

Couple months ago we started a podcast; all you invited to listening.

I’m pretty happy because a couple days we published the first #GeekCapsule video (introduction). So, what the hell is #GeekCapsule? Simple: it’s videos series, interactive, about business, product design, product development and product marketing.

The plan is create and share with all you our experience and knowledge in fields that we are experts.

So, feel free to subscribe our YouTube channel in order to get notifications when a new topic is up, and share with your community and business network on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

I would like to use this opportunity to ask you: What’s topics is more critical for your business at this moment? What business problems are you facing? Please share with me your comments below.

Best.

Introducing Product Marketing Services

For years we have been supporting companies by designing (Product Design) and developing (Product Development) their own digital products, like mobile apps, web systems, chatbots, cloud services and so.

We have accumulated a lot of experience on turning simple business on successful products. Prove to yourself by browsing the Portfolio page. Remember you can download a full case study for some projects here.

We really understand how difficult is to launch and to keep a product profitable, because of multiple facts. To be honest with you, tons of products will never achieve business stability.

Today, we are closing the circle. We’re happy to announce you that our team will also support product marketing services, focused on $3M+ in revenue companies. Now you can get all you need in a same place. And I think this is a very positive fact, because designing and engineering team can be so close to the marketing team.

If includes a wide variety of services but I can mention:

  • Setup and manage marketing strategies
  • Branding
  • Social Media
  • Paid Media (CPC, CPM) on Facebook, Google and LinkedIn
  • Blogging and SEO
  • Email Marketing
  • Growth Hacking techniques and more.

For now, we are just accepting an small batch of products to market a month, in regions like United States and Latin America.

Guys, you know we love to share 100% valued content with you, so take a look at product Marketing category in order to learn more tips, specially written for CMOs and Head of Sales about how to attract more leads through digital marketing and growth hacking techniques.

All of you out there, are you facing sales and marketing challenges? Feel free to drop us a line in order to understand your start point and show the way to the next level. If you hate contact forms 🙂 you can pick a date to talk with me.

Why 4Geeks is Different to Other IT Firms? Here is 3 Key Points To Understand It

Hi there! In a varied market is important to identify the actors (the real ones). I started this article to show the differences between 4Geeks and other software companies or agencies.

As I said before: “we hate to compare talent, but many people get confused, and they believe that pricing is an advantage”.

Sergio and I founded 4Geeks because bad experiences with other software companies, related in most cases with a misinterpretation of the market. We firmly believe in personal relationships as the engine of a healthy company, both for customers and employees.

Please let me explain you, in 4 key points why 4Geeks is not like a regular software company:

Key #1: Family first

If you come to the office, you can see all team members are a truth family. I’m not kidding. In a family they take care of each other, in all aspects; and that is exactly what happens in 4Geeks.

What would you be able to do for your own family? Everything you can. We too.

The following video is a slide of a weekend team at the beach apartment singing She Will Be Loved by Maroon 5. We are not responsible for possible issues on your ears. Then if you plan to sleep tonight like a baby with no nightmares here is the original song. 🙂

 

Key #2: Continuos learning habits

In 4Geeks it’s forbidden to do nothing for yourself, that is why we encourage each team member to improve their skills, both personal and technical, in order to become the people they want to become.

My partner Sergio is in charge of culture here in 4Geeks, and he implements a Career Path. It’s a plan to measure and to empower the team, one-to-one.

Ivan and Diego in meeting with Sergio

Technical skills are important, but personal development is in the mainstream.

Byron, Allan and Diego practicing boxing.

 

Key #3: Driven by passion. 10X mindset.

We are not simple coders, designers or consultants. We have an entrepreneurial mindset. Family and passion are two of our best team features, and we have some methods to recognize a “driven by passion” people.

Byron practicing swimming

“Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss it you will land among the stars.” —Les Brown.

The last month we did a workshop about dreams, and how to materialize it by visualization. It’s a ver huge gun! In the following video you can see some team members explaining their “dream paths”. Feel free to replicate it in your company.

 

A couple weeks ago we published a business article that puts 4Geeks and Indian (and other) companies face to face. I really love all of them, but I hope this can help you understand better the main benefits of working with 4Geeks vs other agencies and companies around the globe.

Have questions or want to come to visit us? You already knows what to do.

Until next. Bye!

5 Learned Lessons From TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2018

I really really love to learn and share knowledge with colleagues, entrepreneurs, makers, startups and companies into technology field. And Disrupt is the perfect event. That’s why I attended this event in San Francisco, California.

TechCrunch Disrupt is an annual tech conference hosted by TechCrunch in San Francisco, New York City, and Europe (London or Berlin), with one 2011 conference held in Beijing.

TechCrunch Disrupt hosts an event called Startup Battlefield at its conferences where startups sign up to pitch their business ideas on a stage in front of venture capital investors, media and other interested parties for prize money and publicity. Past participants include Dropbox, Uber, Beam, Coinbase, Trello, Mint, Yammer, and others.

So, in this post I will share with you what I learned, impressions from my point of view (and phone camera). Hope you can enjoy (and learn) as much I did.

 

Lesson #1: Other places are emerging as the next Silicon Valley.

This is not a new topic actually. There are some emerging cities not just in USA but around the world that are doing a great work putting together entrepreneurship, technology and investors.

Silicon Valley is not about money and technology, it’s about entrepreneurship mindset.

Inside USA we can find places like:

  • Austin, TX
  • Boston, MA
  • New York City, NY

Outside USA we have places like:

  • Guadalajara, Mexico
  • San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Vietnam City.

BTW, Guadalajara and San Jose are cities where 4Geeks has offices.

Lesson #2: Innovation is at the heart of entrepreneurs.

Every hall during the event, I found absolutely brilliant people and with a lot of passion for what they do. The innovation is completely in your DNA, which allows you to find solutions to day-to-day problems.

Definitely entrepreneurs around the world are called to a simple thing: solve problems.

And if you think about it, the solutions that humanity enjoys today in the field of electricity, transport, communication, have been thanks to those entrepreneurial minds that never stay still until they find a solution. This makes us advance as humans on this planet.

 

Lesson #3: AI is a trending topic among startups

If you are not familiar with the term, Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the set of many advances in the field of information technology, which allows us to use the brain of machines to make decisions. These machines learn with every interaction, similar to humans.

So if we take this concept to startups, we find solutions such as systems that predict natural disasters, chatbots for customer service, find less congested routes in the city, book a flight, etc. The ability of AI today is immeasurable.

2017 and 2018 were years of introduction to this type of technologies, where the big players like Google, Microsoft, Apple and HubSpot integrated AI to the majority of their products. Some startups also started to create smart products based on Machine Learning.

2019 will be a year where we will see even more cases of AI success in society.

 

Lesson #4: Investors look for people not ideas

The main investors of Silicon Valley and New York were in Disrupt SF 2018; they sought to meet the best entrepreneurs and products in the room.

For years we have believed that for an investor the product and the ROI is important. Yes it is, but the personality, passion and experience of the team behind the product is much more important.

Ideas are worth 0, people have no price.
Investors are looking for a team to trust, honest, to know how to execute ideas as quickly as possible.

Why? Because an idea may not be successful, but the resilience of the team will pivot it until it finds a correct path.

So, if you’re in the stage of discovering your partners, take your time.

 

Lesson #5: Networking opens doors and make business

By now you should recognize the importance of meeting new people and connecting with them. This is the main reason for the TechCrunch Disrupt SF event.

If you have the interest and disposition, in less than 10 hours you can find your future partner, client or supplier. How to achieve it? By asking.

If you ask the right questions to the right people, you can change your own future.

Did you attend this event? Liked it? Please use the comments section below to share what you think about this kind of events. What’s your favorite tech/business events?

Take care!

Appetito24 Partner Up With 4Geeks to Deliver Food in Panama

Have you hear about Appetito24 before? Yes? Cool. No? Well, it’s a food delivery app where users can order food from their favorite restaurant in the city to their house or office, in Panama.

In this field you can find some providers similar to Appetito24, like Uber Eats, Glovo, Eat24, Instacart and Amazon.

I’m very proud to tell you that 4Geeks engineering and design team helps to Appetito24 run, by making possible that the mobile app to be up and running. It sound easy to say, but it’s a titanic work. Details counts.

Plus to order food by the mobile app, users can buy market products directly from home (chicken, eggs, cheese, apples, etc).

Nowadays the app serves more than 200K users, and tons of orders daily.

  

Appetito24 CEO Enrique Valencia says this about 4Geeks:

We have been closely working with 4Geeks for months, developing in different languages for our ongoing operations in Central America. Support/Quality and delivery time are always met. We look forward to continue doing business with them in this and new projects to come.

Appetito24 is today under the PedidosYa group. PedidosYa is right now delivering food in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Panama and Uruguay.

Get more details about the work we did on this product, like the technology stack, the solution we implement and some extra key points, by visiting the case study page. Also, if you are curious person,  take a look at the 4Geeks Product Development Cycle to get know how we design and build products like Appetito24.

So guys, if you are in Panama and you are so hungry, just download the mobile app for Android and iOS.

4Geeks is a product development and design company. If you need help with your product, no matter your product stage, become a client. We have a robust engineering team

Bon appetit!

4Geeks is Recognized as one leading B2B Company in Latin America

Guys, you already know how we love share the best with you and customer on each product we build. I’m very happy to announce that Clutch just featured 4Geeks as top software development company in Costa Rica.

Clutch just published a press release about Leading Service Providers in Central America and the Caribbean . Over 65 companies were named the best business service providers in their respective countries based on client feedback, work quality, services offered, and market presence.

Clutch is an independent Washington, DC research company busy with identifying leading software and professional services firms that deliver the best results for their clients.

A variety of industry segments were featured in the report, including marketing, design, development and IT services. Clutch Analysts conducted in-depth research by interviewing and verifying each company’s clients to evaluate work quality and client feedback.

SmarterSelect CEO Robert Davis, one of happy customers says:

We have been very happy with 4Geeks as our dedicated development team. They work extremely well with our Product Manager on meeting our requirements. And, they use very professional standards for coding and development documentation.

If you want to learn more about 4Geeks I suggest to subscribe our newsletter to receive our latest content, it includes blog posts, webinars, podcasts and more.

If you want to become a client, let’s talk.

Happy week!

Meet Kris Alvarado

Welcome to another interview of the series Meet our Geek Team. In this opportunities we talk to Kris Alvarado, which is in charge of making sure all finances are making sense at company level.

She is from Golfito which is a in the Southeast cost of Costa Rica. She likes new challenges, that why besides doing all the numbers work she is always trying to learn different ways to help the company in different areas. She studied at some point pharmacy, so she is the first person we ask if we don’t feel well, Kris always knows about what we can take to feel better.

How will you describe yourself?

I consider myself a quiet and reserved person, kind, a little clueless, but brave and dedicated to take on challenges and be in the work area as the personal area.

What do you do in your free time?

 In my free time I like to read, watch a movie or series with my daughter also I like to go out for a walk.

Best series you have ever watched?

  1. Safe
  2. Merlí
  3. Two and a half Men
  4. CSI
  5. Law and order
  6. The Big bang teory

Mountain or Beach ?

I do prefer the mountain, because I really like the sound of the wind among the trees, the humidity, the smell of its colors and animals.

Do you do sports (adventure, extreme, endurance) ?

I am currently in the gym but I like to ride a bicycle a lot.

Which type of music do you like?

I have no favorite singers or genres, I like a little of everything.

What are your top 5 books of all the time ?

  1. One hundred years of solitude
  2. In memories of my sad whores
  3. Don Quijote

What are your top 5 movies of all the time ?

I really like science fiction and fantasy movies, so my favorites are Harry Potter, Lord of the rings, The Hobbit and all of Marvel productions.

What is the most excited part of being Finances manager ?

Besides doing just finances, which really is not an excited position. I really love to put myself on the process of selecting new collaborators and organizing small events so that the team stays together.

What is the most challenging situation you had faced in your current position ?

Learn a new idiom.

Which is the best part of being part of 4Geeks team ?

I have met excellent people in different roles, put into practice the knowledge I have acquired and that this has helped other people on the team

What are your goals for this year?

Train and acquire new knowledge in my area and in others.

Whenever you need help on how to start making ideas into reality though technology, 4Geeks team is up and ready, just reach out to us at hello@4geeks.io.

Meet Byron Hernandez

Hi 4GeeksNation! Some Mondays we have shared with you about our team. You already meet a big percentage of the team members. Today, I would like to present you Byron Hernandez. Hi has a very successful story to tell.

Byron is a Software Engineer here at 4Geeks, and has moved from San Carlos, his born city, to the capital, just to be with all the 4Geeks team. Byron loves cars, swim but what he really enjoys the most is to code and learn trend technologies.

Let me show you a little interview of Byron tastes.

How will you describe yourself?

I consider myself as a proactive, dynamic and creative person, eager to learn every day and give the best of myself in each activity.

What do you do in your free time?

I like to invest my free time in knowing new technologies, besides that I enjoy doing sports, mainly swimming.

Best series you have ever watched?

  1. Dr. House,
  2. Two and a Half Men
  3. Friends
  4. The Walking Dead

Mountain or Beach ?

I do prefer the mountain, I don’t feel very comfortable with the heat, I also like fresh air.

Do you do sports (adventure, extreme, endurance) ?

I practice swimming and I like to play futbol (soccer) once in a while.

Which type of music do you like?

Heavy Metal, Trash Metal, DeathCore, Symphonic Metal, Jazz.

What are your top 5 books of all the time ?

  1. Green Mile
  2. Cien años de Soledad
  3. Drácula
  4. Los Crímenes de la Calle Morgue

What are your top 5 movies of all the time ?

  1. Van Helsing
  2. The Imitation Game
  3. The Avengers 2
  4. Hulk
  5. Underworld 2

What is the most excited part of being Software Engineer ?

The best part of my role in the company is to learn every day, the freedom of being creative when solving problems and be updated with technology topics.

What is the most challenging situation you had faced in your current position ?

Learn and develop at a crucial moment for the project. Learn new technologies and keep track on things.

Which is the best part of being part of 4Geeks team ?

Definitely human quality, feeling like a family, the freedom to ask and express yourself as you are.

What are your goals for this year?

Specialize in the technology in which I work and obtain some certification that proves it.

Whenever you need help on how to start making ideas into reality though technology, 4Geeks team is up and ready, just reach out to us at hello@4geeks.io.

Here is the new 4Geeks logo

Hello World !!! At 4Geeks we are very excited to present one of the smaller, but, an impactful change. A new logo is here!  This is the first step to continue with our growing, making 4Geeks more and more robust and trusted technology brand.

Some months ago We published about the 4Geeks Style, as company “slogan”.  It means Right talent, right experience, right technology.

This new fresh image will just be part of this philosophy of doing things right.

We always apply everything we create external (clients) into our own product, 4Geeks. We think It’s highly important to keep a fresh image and branding that can describe what we are. We look forward to hear from you about our new logo image.

Guys, any feedback? Feel free to email us.

Meet Diego Méndez

Welcome to another interview of the series Meet our Geek Team. On this occasion we talk to Diego Méndez, which is an software engineer here at 4Geeks. Diego is creating amazing products under 4Geeks branding, own software to make the world easier.

He is from Zarcero, which is a nice place un Costa Rica, They produce a lot of dairy products such as milk, cheese and sour cream. In Zarcero we can find a really amazing park with some tree sculptures. But let’s meet Diego:

How will you describe yourself?

I consider myself a cheerful, respectful, kind person, and always willing to help people who need it, also a person who loves their profession and that is why I always try to do my best.

What do you do in your free time?

 In my spare time I like to play soccer, go to the beach, take a walk in the mountains to clear my mind. I like to spend time with my family and friends but also I try to to learn new things about technology.

Best series you have ever watched?

  1. The Walking Dead
  2. La casa de Papel
  3. Vikings
  4. Marco Polo
  5. Game of thrones
  6. Z Nation
  7. West World

Mountain or Beach ?

I prefer the two options, since both are quite nice and they are places to have fun and recover from stress, also, both are part of nature and serve to clear the mind of all situations.

Do you do sports (adventure, extreme, endurance) ?

At the moment the sport that I practice is soccer, but then I hope to practice other sports both extreme and adventure. If we talk about extreme sports I would like to practice skydiving and motocross, and in adventure sports it would be mountain biking, diving and climbing

Which type of music do you like?

I like music electronic, pop, rap and a little rock

What are your top 5 books of all the time ?

  1. The Lord of the Rings
  2. The Hobbit
  3. The Art of Loving
  4. The Challenge of Love
  5. The Art of War

What are your top 5 movies of all the time ?

  1. Titans of the pacific
  2. BattleShip
  3. Avengers
  4. Saw
  5. The Purge

What is the most excited part of being Software Engineer ?

The most exciting part is that every day there are new challenges to be solved and with this, every day, I gain more and more experience.

What is the most challenging situation you had faced in your current position ?

The most challenging part of my current project is to implement different designs within the project, giving users the ability to select their preferred UI. 

Which is the best part of being part of 4Geeks team ?

The best part was meeting the team of 4Geeks, as they are always willing to help or evacuate the doubts you have, and the good thing is that you work in an environment where you always feel encouraged and with all the desire to work.

What are your goals for this year?

My goals in this year are to learn more programming languages ​​in order to have more experience, in addition to certify myself in the JavaScript part, another goal is to get my English improved.

Whenever you need help on how to start making ideas into reality though technology, 4Geeks team is up and ready, just reach out to us at hello@4geeks.io.