Introducing 4Geeks Teams

You know we are obsessed to help global companies to find their potential, build better products and improve their ROI. Today we are happy to introduce you 4Geeks Teams, a new effort to insert the most possible value on modern companies hungry to get succeed in the information era.

Similar to other products in our portfolio, 4Geeks Teams is built with 100% love, honesty and a rude business mindset.

4Geeks Teams is a powerful product to help principally US-based small and mid-size companies to start their own extended technical team in Latin America, on-demand. All-inclusive rate. You can expect up to 55% cost operation saving on your company starting first month.

We know about all the problems currently US companies is facing related to high operations cost because of government taxes, payroll, office, etc.

Historically some companies were putting their eyes on India to outsource some technical work like web and mobile development, and QA/testing. But this brings with hundreds of new unstoppable problems like team collaborations, timezone, etc.

With us, your engineering or consultants team could be located in any of our delivery centers in Costa Rica or any trusted partner in Latin America. By default your team is fluent in English.

You can hire software developers experts in PythonGoJavaRuby on RailsMicrosoft .NETAngular,PHPNodeJSReact  React Native Flutter (Android, iOS) or Data Analytics.

Payment and contract terms are going to be simple: You will receive only one monthly invoice that includes everything (office, workstation, computer with webcam, etc ). You don’t need to take care about any extra thing, process or legal documentation. Once you apply the 7-days trial period you will receive a complete business audit. After that, if you agree, the contract extends to 6 months. There is no a minimum team members to hire, so you can start with 1, 2 or 3 guys…. or even a 9-people team.

If you run a tech startup, digital agency or software company, maybe 4Geeks Teams is for you.

So, now all your business problems comes to be fixed thanks to 4Geeks Teams.

4Geeks Teams is currently an invite-only product; you can request an invite here.

Meet Josue Fernandez

We have internship programs at the office, with a successful and retention rate of 80%. So that means, most of our interns remains at the company after they finish the internship. Josue is one of them, actually he didn’t finish the internship, He just last a couple of weeks to demonstrate his willing to growth and his abilities.

Josue is from Turrialba, Cartago. Nice place to live, very quite actually, little bit far from the city. In Turrialba many dairy products are produced, in fact, year after year, the famous “Feria del Queso” takes place in that place.

He has high writing skills, actually He has translated some books for a book reading community, very interesting actually, It’s called Blue Phoenix Translations. He has translated two books Hail the king and Swallowed star.

I will stop here and let Josue answer our habitual questions.

How will you describe yourself?

Calm, positive, friendly, adventurous.

What do you do in your free time?

Read mostly, play video games, spend time with my family.

Best series you have ever watched?

  1. Breaking Bad
  2. House MD
  3. How I Met your Mother
  4. Friends
  5. That’s 70’s shows.

Mountain or Beach ?

Mountain, is calmer and I feel I can leave behind all my problems and just enjoy the moment.

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

I used to practice archery and baseball. But I like adventure and extreme sports, even though I can’t practice them more often.

Which type of music do you like?

I’m not picky with music, anything is fine.

What are your top 5 books of all the time ?

  1. Harry Potter
  2. Hunger Games
  3. The Maze Runner
  4. Hail the King
  5. Super Gene

Not in that order 🙂

What are your top 5 movies of all the time ?

  1. Inception
  2. Interestellar
  3. Cars
  4. Lord of the Rings saga
  5. Batman Dark Knight Rises

What is the most excited part of being Software Engineer ?

I can create new stuff and put my ideas into something that is useful for someone else.

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

Everything was working fine, and out of nowhere, EVERYTHING fails. So you have to go back and check everything, even when you know that the problem probably is not there.

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

The people. From day 1 you feel like you are one of them, and after that you don’t feel like an stranger, just enjoy you work 🙂

What are your goals for this year?

Loose weight, I guess. Read more books. Learn more about everything..

As you see Josue loves what He is doing. Personally I enjoyed all of Nolan’s Batman saga.

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.

Improving Team’s Health

We are engineers and designers that spend most of our time sitting in front of our computer. Cool right ? Well yes and no. Spending 8 hours of our life sitting is not a good practice at all. It increases problems with our health. but It’s not only about being sit, it’s about the food we eat.

We are not stoping and checking what we are eating, is it really sustainable to be with that diet ? Drinking coffee ? Consuming tons of sugar ?

Well, at 4Geeks we have stoped and think on that. We are seeing the problems we can face as a company for not being healthy, all of US. We can not have an unhealthy CEO. He has to be 100% for decision making, to lead the company to a better future. And yes it starts from the statement of being healthy, that’s the bottom line for us.

People with an active physical lifestyle and with a good mental health will work their work better, that’s a true fact. The question to this is how can we, as a company, improve it, how can we impulse our people to be in a good shape ? to eat better ?

We have been doing some effort with that. I will like to share with you our movements and the result of them.

Exercise challenges

I remember We started doing push-ups challenges. We do it in monthly basis. People started to feel better, but also most of them never thought they were be able to do 50 push-ups at once. We were doing a minimum physical activity, but, it was gain dues our sedentary past.

We went next to plank. This challenge was really hard since the top of it was to suffer 5 long minutes in plank position. Try it, you will 5 minutes from another perspective, 5 minutes is a long wait.

Everybody started to take consideration about the benefits of doing exercise. We felt better and started to see the changes in our body. Another important note here is that we took 10 minutes from our daily work to do that. So we have to stand, share with our team members, laugh, suffer and then continue working, with a little satisfaction. We avoid sedentarism those days.

Yoga practice

Starting Yoga is a good point to se how your body is. The flexibly of us was not optimal, the minimum stretch for us was painful and difficult. Our muscles were not in a good shape. We kew that, but we just confirmed it.

We disconnected from tech a little bit and started to feel our body and relax after a good day of work.

We got better every week and started to feel better. We were able to do another moves and to keep position. Unfortunately we had to stop this yoga time due conflicts with schedule.  But if you want to add it to your company or to you life it really worth.

Nutrition help

4Geeks pays 50% of a nutritional consult for all of our collaborators. This is the most valuable approach we have done. People are getting better on why eat matters. We are now understanding to take control of our food, not to be controlled by it.

We are trying to do a good effort to change our habits when eating. Again, if people are eating healthy, their brain will work better, that means better decision making, more concentration, more retentive.

We are halfway of the goal. Everyone is doing their best effort.

Our nutrition sessions are like focus groups. We all help to each other to accomplish the goal 🙂

Shared breakfast

It may seem not an approach to help on people’s health, but actually, we in each breakfast someone shares a topic, specially topics to be better, to improve our health specially.

How the habits work. Get rid of stress. Detach from the phone. How motivation works. Those have being some of the topics we have been discussing. It motivates people to re-think how can they get better.

Book Club

Reading for me is where we educate, where we understand things, where our imagination do their job. We started to do book recommendations and everyone at the group had to read it. We found out some really amazing books.

Now, we change it a little bit, everyone reads the book on their convenience on monthly basis, at the end of it, we share our impression. Without spoilers.

We have been creating a nice practice. The habit of reading.

Those are examples of books we had read. We just comment, good and bad thing about the book, everyone at their own peace, and when they have time.

Running team

Alongside with other team members, we decided to register in a running competition. For some of use it was a huge advance, since they were not used to even run. Some of them started to train hard to make the better run they can. It actually, make a good union between the team. Some of them started to train together. This is the start of a sport team, the 4Geeks sport team 🙂


We are thinking on another ways to improve our team’s health. We are happy that we are seeing progress and change in people. As I said we are halfway. Feel free to share another approaches.

Meet Alex M. Luna

We have been growing this couple of months. That means more collaborators, more amazing projects, more meet the team blogs 🙂

Recently Alex joined our team as a QA Expert. He lives in Guanacaste, Costa Rica, yes, a lot of sun and beaches near by his home. I think this is a perfect place to do daily work. Work and relax combination. Alex has shown us in these months the desire he has to learn and lead his team to the desire QA processes. I will stop the introduction to add a little interview we did to him.

How will you describe yourself?

I do like sports and be with friends and family.

What do you do in your free time?

I like to practice surfing and Mountain bike(downhill).

Best series you have ever watched?

  1. The Addams Family.
  2. Friends
  3. The Simpsons
  4. The big bang theory
  5. Dragon ball Z, All of them

Mountain or Beach ?

I like both, Mountain because the fresh air and the forest.There are hills to practice downhill as well. Beach is because I have always liked the water either river or ocean, I surf and have been doing it for about 9 years by now.

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

I do like sports. The sports I like are combination of both.

Which type of music do you like?

I have always thought, someone who really like music appreciates all genders but in my case the most i like are 80’s and 90’s music, I like also latin rhythms like Salsa, Cumbia, Merengue. Reggae music I like to listen often.

What are your top 5 books of all the time ?

  1. Perfume
  2. Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
  3. Para Nunca Olvidar

What are your top 5 movies of all the time ?

  1. Harry Potter, All of them
  2. Fast & Furious, All of them

What is the most excited part of being QA Engineer ?

The most excited part is to learn about the processes involved and placed in the system. The logic on how was build and the ways it could be improved. Also I get to be involved with most of my coworkers which is good to create a good relationship among the people in the office.

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

So far i have not got any challenging situation in my current project i guess is due to the great tema im working with.

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

The people!

What are your goals for this year?

To help create carrer as Quality Assurance Engineer on a growing company. To get to know better all 4GEEKS team and feel part of this great team. To achieve lot of knowledge which I’ sure my coworkers would like to share with me in this whole process of developing and QA.

I hope you guys enjoyed this little interview to Alex.

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.

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!

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