The startup story #2: the direction & frustration
The startup story #2: the direction & frustration

The startup story #2: the direction & frustration

Friday, 29 July 2016

Like many of us perhaps know, the first day of work is always a little scary. You don’t know your colleagues yet, you don’t know the workplace etiquette and even the coffee machine is unfamiliar. I’m pretty sure we’ve all gone through this phase once before, I know I have. In an existing company this is usually the process, you know your job before you start it, but what about a startup?

‘The startup story’ is a series of blog posts about the ins and outs of our startup journey.

Let’s begin with saying that a startup is something different than an existing company. A startup is just beginning to form its business and most of the time not entirely sure what they will be going for. I mean the main goals are set, but how these goals will be reached is still variable, other than in an existing company where the route is already outlined.

Our startup started off as a software development company. We’re able to turn your ideas into an application, let’s say you need specific software in your organization. We can write code turning your ideas into this software for you.

Other than developing software ideas we have also created a product of our own, an IT infrastructure monitoring system Oversight. We adjust this system continuously in order to be able to monitor in the best possible ways. Oversight is an out-of-the-box product, ready to use. You won’t have to build or adapt the system. The basis for monitoring is already included, you can adapt the system to your preferences and monitor everything in your organization.

An IT infrastructure monitoring system processes a lot of data, in order to make this data as informative and useful as possible for your company, we used a time series database based on an open source solution. An open source solution that lead to a lot of frustration to be honest. Time series data is a series of data points measured from one source at certain points in time. The goal of using a time series database is to detect patterns, trends and make highs and lows visible. This is where our route as a startup changed. We should actually rename this blog to:

"Software Engineers And Frustration: A Perfect Pair!"

I agree that it is quite a conflicting title, but in the beginning phase of our startup this certainly was what drove us. Our struggles with the time series database pushed us to take a different ‘direction’. Our main goal (our mission, check the about us page :-) ) remained the same, however we broadened our route. Let’s begin:

While most people like to stay as far away as possible from frustration, annoyance, disappointment and anything that falls in this category, we, at Transceptor Technology, found why this is not the case for software engineers.

For this short story we have to go back in time to December 19th 2014. 2014 had been a pretty great year for the small country of The Netherlands, think about the Football World Cup, the Olympics in Sochi and the Eurovision song contest. Our small country had accomplished such great things, we were on cloud nine! However, somewhere in the south of The Netherlands, there were 3 software engineers that did not join the Dutch party in 2014.

These 3 software engineers had been dealing with a much greater challenge, namely, software that did not function the way they wanted it to. For any non-software specialist; this can only mean one thing: Frustration.

As you have read in the ‘second’ title there should be something positive that has come out of this ‘difficult’ year for our engineers. The frustration about the time series database kept on growing, until December 2014. Just before Christmas, Jeroen, one of our software engineers, took the lead and spend his entire Christmas break working on a time series database of our own, that we now know as SiriDB. In the months after this particular Christmas our engineers have been improving the software and testing it with several organizations (In an upcoming blog Jeroen is going to tell you the story of SiriDB).

A startup is always trying to find how they can use their capabilities to tackle the challenges in the market. Our startup adapted its initial course along the way as well, by adapting you find your strengths. We believe that changing your direction is more a strength than it is a weakness. Using the knowledge we have in-house we found new ways to serve the market and expand our working field, in our opinion that is the true strength of a startup.

Dare to change.

Just like your first day of work, you have a new and exciting period ahead of you. Settling into the new office environment is comparable with a startup settling into the market. It takes time to find your way around.