Today we have selected Tim Davidson to take his interview. He is the Co-founder at Clean Commit.
First of all, how are you and your team doing in these COVID-19 times?
It’s business as usual for us during these times. We’ve been completely remote since our inception, years before the pandemic struck. Most of our team didn’t have to change their cadence at all. I will say that
we’ve grown significantly over the past 18 months as more businesses have turned their attention towards their web presence and looked for help in professionalizing their setups.
Tell us about you, your career, how you founded or joined this company?
I worked as a project manager for a couple of software development agencies in Australia before shipping overseas and working with a U.S. company as the director of operations for five years. At some point along the line, I figured I’d rather be working 80 hours for myself than 40 for someone else and put all my chips into Clean Commit. I knew there was an opportunity to bring emerging frameworks like Gatsby and NextJS to the small business market, and it was just a case of getting noticed.
How does your company innovate?
We try to live on the technical edge for the services we provide. As a service-based company, we need to be careful not to build solutions for our clients that will be redundant two years down the line, so we keep a close eye
on the technologies, the big players in the scene are using and adapt them to our client’s needs.
How the Coronavirus pandemic affects your business, and how are you coping?
Well, these days, the pandemic has buoyed our business. We’ve found that many small to medium businesses are increasing their budgets for websites, applications, and web-based products. They understand that prospective clients and customers spend more time looking at their digital footprint, so they need to make sure it’s polished.
Did you have to make difficult choices, and what are the lessons learned?
I think every business owner has had to make difficult choices. It’s part of the job. As a service-based company, we don’t have a product; all we are is a collection of individuals, knowledge, and processes. Making staffing calls
are never easy. Ebbs and flows in our pipeline have put me in a position where I’ve had to let talented employees go, not at their fault. We’ve learned to diversify our revenue streams and build a constant prospecting process to achieve steady growth.
What specific tools, software, and management skills are you using to navigate this crisis?
Nothing special. We’ve got our regular suite of tools; Zoom, Jira, and slack.
Who are your competitors? And how do you plan to stay in the game?
There are a handful of other Jamstack focused agencies around the place, although not too many in Australia. Our biggest competitors are in Europe. However, we compete directly with all the other web development agencies in
Australia. We stay in the game by finding businesses that are actively looking for digital partners. We’re not the kind of company that will write you a cold email. We understand the buying journey well and know how to appear at the right time.
Your final thoughts
It’s a good time to be an online business. It’s unlikely that life will ever fully return to normal. Businesses will look for more innovative and flexible solutions to support their web development needs, and that is exactly where we’ll be!
- Spokesperson: Tim Davidson
- Company: Clean Commit
- Website link: https://cleancommit.io