Learn more about the BusyFlow team and the people behind it via our “Meet the Founders” interview series. Our next and final interview, in our series of posts, is with Jaro Šatkevic, our CEO at BusyFlow, who talks about his story below. Feel free to follow him on twitter, Google+, facebook and Linked In.
How did you get started as a developer or entrepreneur? Did you catch the entrepreneurial bug or knack for coding at an early age?
When I was 13 years old, my friend bought ZXSpectrum machine with 32kb RAM and tape data storage. Yes, that’s right, 32 kilobytes, not megabytes That was wonderful time. If you wanted to play, the only way was to create a game by yourself. We coded in BASIC, but then we got a tape with Pascal compilator. For that we needed more RAM, so we soldered our computers and gave them 128kb of RAM
My first money I earned during school years was when together with my best friend we started creating web pages, setting up local companies’ networks etc. During summer before university we became Internet providers in my small home town. That was my first entrepreneurial steps.
Describe the years after middle school into high school and college. What did you study, major in etc? Did you start any projects or startups before?
During the first university years I became a big fan of Open Source and together with a few other people we created the Open Source association for Lithuania. We participated in exhibitions, talked with the government, organized FLOSS meetups in Lithuania etc.
When I was on the 4th year of my software engineering studies, together with my friends Rimantas and Rimvydas (he is also a co-founder of BusyFlow) we started our first startup Toostis. At that time nobody in Lithuania talked about startups, global internet projects etc., so we read a lot on Internet, participated in events in Poland and other countries. A year later, I decided, that if there is no infrastructure, I need to create it for myself and others, that’s how the Lithuanian BarCamps were born. That was the first events in Lithuania that were dedicated strictly to tech startups, where people could share their knowledge and talk to each other. Now, after 3 years, in Lithuania I see a rapidly growing startup scene and I am happy to have contributed to these changes.
What is your favorite hobby or activity? Why?
I love Martial Arts. I tried lots of them, from Aikido, Karate to Escrima. I was in South Korea twice (4 months combined) to study WonHwaDo martial art where I got a junior instructor level belt.
Martial arts help me concentrate, eastern philosophy helps me find my way in my life. That’s why I started my own small WonHwaDo class in Vilnius, where I share my knowledge and skills with my students.
What do you love doing the most in your free time? at BusyFlow?
Hmm, free time? Probably I will have it after IPO or my first big exit?
There is not so much free time after BusyFlow, social activities, and martial arts, so I spend it with people I love.
What excites you the most about your current startup? why?
Our team has a strong technical background, and I am happy that using these skills we’re going to solve the problem we had personally and we saw that other people have the same problems as well.
Where do you want to take BusyFlow in the next few years? How and what role do you intend on playing in that effort?
I see a big future for cloud app market, I also see big possibilities for integrating them and I believe, that BusyFlow could become one of the main players in this area. We have at least 3 additional ideas how to use our backend by solving different integration problems, so BusyFlow.com as a project management solution is only the beginning!