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Meet Luke Hostyński – CEO Concise Software

                       Today we have selected Luke Hostyński to take his interview. He is the CEO of Concise Software.

First of all, how are you and your team doing in these COVID-19 times?

All good, they are staying healthy, which is the most important nowadays.

Tell us about you, your career, how you founded or joined this company?

Long story short: I am one of the initial co-founders, together with my partner – Robert, who is a CTO – we founded Concise Software 11 years ago with a mission to provide top-notch software development services to tech entrepreneurs across the world – that was our ambition.

How does your company innovate?

We try to stay on the cutting edge of technology, so whenever there is a new tech stack in the market or breakthrough technology, we are putting lots of effort into discovering what lies behind it and if we can offer it to our customers who are looking for innovative and effective solutions. That was, for example, the case with blockchain technology where we were one of the first adopters, at least in Europe as the technology provider.

How the Coronavirus pandemic affects your business, and how are you Coping?

We were lucky enough to have clients mostly from the sectors not affected highly by the worldwide lockdown. So we mainly continue with them and provide required services. But have to admit it is a challenging time for us.

Did you have to make difficult choices, and what are the lessons learned?

Pandemic is a situation that forces each of us to face difficult decisions and challenges for which no one has been prepared before. Even so, we are in a good position. Our business has always been built on a foundation of digital, remote communication. Our services do not require physical presence. As a result, our team was able to adapt to complete remote work quickly. Communication with our clients wasn’t problematic because this is how we have been operating for years. Handling the pandemic from a purely human perspective was quite a challenge. This situation has brought a lot of uncertainty, both in business and in life. Our role as entrepreneurs was not only the efficient management of the company. We also had to focus on ensuring the team’s safety and maintaining relationships that would help us go through this difficult time. A good understanding of the situation and a flexible approach to pandemic challenges was the key here.

What specific tools, software, and management skills are you using to navigate this crisis?

Speaking of software, this is where apps like Slack, Google Workspace, or any other cloud-based tools have performed excellently. In terms of management skills – here in the foreground was the ability to cope with stress and uncertainty, stay calm, and bolster our approach to remote working, on which we have always based our business. Empathy is also very useful in such crises as a pandemic – towards the team, partners, and customers.

Who are your competitors? And how do you plan to stay in the game?

Many agencies are helping their customers build digital products. However, our magic formula is to stay as close with the customer as possible and be flexible enough to meet their expectations. Also, our key added value is the opportunity to add other companies from the group (TruVenturo family) that specialize in business consulting and business research and are very domain-driven.

Your final thoughts

I try to see opportunities in the current situation. The health crisis we face and its consequences for the economy are still a good impulse for digital change. This will only speed up the digital transformation and development of platforms and apps that ease remote handling of many everyday matters. We already see a lot of interest in this sector. The development of digital services is also an opportunity to bring new technologies closer to the masses of new people. At Concise Software, we’ve been providing easy access to the benefits of technology for many years to millions of people worldwide. In this dimension, the pandemic has simply
indicated new areas in which we can help.

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