Christian Strobl (CEO, Founding Partner), Michael Strobl (COO, Founding Partner), Marc Seitz (CTO, Founding Partner), and Tobias Jost (CSO, Founding Partner) © Jasper Kettner
What inspired you to found your startup?
We started our journey at Hackathons. Due to this, we started Hackevents, by now the leading search engine for Hackathon. This insight showed us what hacking really means, Hacker Culture is the mind-set of infinite possibility. In business, there is a rule position yourself or be positioned. This was the key moment for globalizing hacker culture and software innovation – that’s why we founded Hackerbay.
How do you define success for yourself and your company?
We run on OKRs, so our vision is our goal. Globalizing Hacker Culture. Hack – Collaborate – Repeat.
Is there anything you’d do differently if you could do it again?
We would do the same expedition again, cause even the failures lead us to the outcome we now have. At one point though we would attack the topic “company culture” earlier, before it implodes. Not knowing what culture you want to have in your company can backfire pretty bad.
What problem does your product solve?
The misery of innovation is caused by corporate culture and the entertainment in research and ideation. Hacker Culture is the antidote to corporate culture. The Intelligence and the frameworks move corporates faster to execution and puts the entertainment in the environment of execution. We apply the intellectual power of hackers to transform businesses.
Where do you see your company in 1/5/10 years?
Category King in Software Innovation & Hacker Culture.
How are you different?
Our value proposition is software innovation, a 3-dimensional approach to creating software in today’s tech-dominated market. It focuses not only on a product as does software development but in the context of knowledge, innovation insights, resources, talent and foresight all in one place, creating a unique software entity that leads to software innovation.
How often does your product/service show up in a user’s day or week?
Software innovation shows up in a user’s everyday life. Innovations always need constant updates on insights and iterations. It doesn’t matter if it’s a past project, current project or future project.
Impact: how are you doing good and building a better future?
One of our core values is “Hackers First”. We want to create the possibility to make a living from what you love. At the same time, we want to be the antidote for slowed down corporate culture.
How has the startup scene in Berlin changed?
Spreading coworking spaces as well as bigger start-up exits and political changes in the US (Trump) attract more and more young and hungry people to come to Berlin.
What are the pros and cons of launching your startup from Berlin?
When we got the chance to get NFX in the Valley as investors it was clear for us that we had to take the chance learn from the best. But we also realized that the talent war over there is insane so we extracted the knowledge and moved our HQ back to Berlin.
Pros: Access to great and affordable talent / A lot of early adopters that boost B2C products
Cons: B2B is hard as there only a few big corporations and they are stuck within their old economy structures.
Hackerbay was featured in “The Hundert Vol. 10 – Startups of Berlin“, October 2017.