Vigan Bytyqi - Animus Home
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Describe yourself and your project. How did you get the idea?
I’m a product developer and tech enthusiast. I’m one of the co-founders of the company Animus Home AB. We develop products for smarter and better homes. The product is a gateway called Animus Heart and it collects all the smart home devices into one place. They are then handled from one user-friendly interface through the web or mobile app. Through the interface the user can directly control a single device, schedule events and also use home apps.
Who are you? Previous education/jobs/ experiences etc.
I am a positive guy with a creative mind. I was born in Kosovo, but have lived in Sweden my whole life basically. I studied Mechanical Engineering in LTH, specialized in product development. I have worked on this product with my two brothers for almost three years now and before this project I was a self-educated web developer working in my own Web Agency, Memoria.
What will you do during these three months? How will you spend the time?
During these months I will mainly focus on the development of our hApp World. A platform where our users can download ready made smart home solutions for their homes. Work will consist of improving the concept and finishing all UI for it. I will also work on daily tasks as building partnerships and managing the rest of the team.
What do you expect to achieve during Leapfrogs?
I expect to have developed much of the hApp World and tested a couple of hApps there. Furthermore, I expect that business will move forward as planned and more partnerships will be initiated.
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Tell us what you have done on your project so far during the Leapfrogs time.
I have mostly been preparing for the big release of our first products. This contains working with purchases, logistics and also communication to customers and partners. We are transitioning from being pure development to more sales-oriented, which is really interesting but also very challenging. Apart from that I have worked hard to reach out to new developers that wants to join our software development team.
Has everything gone according to the plan? Has anything unexpected occurred? Has something been easier/harder than expected?
I have not managed to work on the user interfaces of the App World as I’ve planned and this was because I had to prioritize the deliveries instead.
What has been most challenging this period is to work with recruiting at the same time. I realized how difficult it is to find good developers and how time consuming it is to search. If you don’t have the budget to hire a recruiting company, then you will need to assign at least one full-time personnel for it.
What will you focus on during the remaining time? Will you follow your original plan or has anything changed along the way?
I will prioritize the deliveries, making sure the products gets delivered as soon as possible to our customers. Hopefully the team has expanded to at least two more developers.
Changes in the plan have already occurred, much due to understaffed. It forces me and my co-founders to spend evenings and weekends to be able to manage all the workload, and this makes it difficult to estimate time costs. Furthermore, I will prepare some UI design work for our programmers and graphic material for our marketing team, which is part of my daily tasks.
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How did you experience the three months?
They helped me evolve a more serious view of running a company. Most helpful I found the tools that were introduced to us during these three months.
What has been hardest/most enjoyable?
Hardest during this period has been to keep the original plan. There has been so many other things coming in the way and changing my priorities. At the same time it has been enjoyable to learn so many different things and become better on multitasking.
Did it go as expected? Will you continue working on your project in the future?
I couldn’t keep the original plan but I can’t say I was expecting that to happen either. My working hours have been way over 8h/day but I still feel that I can do more. The project has been moving in a good pace the whole time and it will definitely continue. We are entering new exciting phases every week.
What would you say is the most important lesson learnt while working on your project?
Solve one problem at a time. Our product is so comprehensive that it is so easy to get lost in all the things. That’s why it’s important to make a very rough long-term plan but a detailed short-term plan. It helps you stay present in the nearest tasks.
Do you have any tips to other ”new” entrepreneurs?
Learn as much as you can during your different challenges. Be involved in every step of the process. Be persistent.