In less than 2 years House of Code has gone from two-person Startup to Full-service app agency with 13 employees and offices in both Odense and Aarhus.
Startup Odense asked House of Code to help inspire the Startup and entrepreneurial community of Odense and Funen. And here we are. To honour the task we asked our co-workers to each share an ingredient to the recipe for success.
We identified 7 key ingredients and boiled them down to a delicious bowl of House of Code with a taste stretching from two-deveoper Startup to Full-service app agency with 13 employees in two cities.
Passion is everything! Skills without passion is worthless. A strong foundation is based on more than the stride for success. House of Code founders and skilled full stack developers Gert Lavsen and Rasmus Styrk started House of Code with the intention of creating ’The next big thing’.
Know your limits! Strong leadership is key is any organisation. It takes more than a good product to establish a healthy financial platform. As House of Code’s production capacity filled up, focus was kept on development and external skills in the shape of experienced director Jonathan Bornemann was hired in to drive the business forward.
Be ambitious! Dreaming big is not enough. It is not enough to ask yourself where you want to go and lay down a plausible strategy, you need to ask yourself the question; what will it take to get there, and be ready to do it. Set your own bar, invest in it and work hard for as long as i takes. In House of Code we share the ambition of being ’Best in class’.
Utilize your story! A business without a purpose is storyless in today’s society. If you can’t think of a story, you probably don’t have one and you might as well just keep on doing whatever it is you are doing. In House of Code we invests continueiously in our communication platform to share successes, knowledge and stay on top of our own narrative.
Build a network! No man is an island and the same goes for businesses. Realise that you are the center of your unique business and connect your stakeholders. In House of Code we surround ourselves with people who share our vision and we live by a simple karma principle; dare to invest in your network without expecting to get anything in return.
Dare to fail! The secure way is never the highway. In a disruptive business environment, you need flexibility to navigate efficiently. If the course in not correct, change it. House of Code went from IT hub to specialized Full Service App Agency in less than 6 months based on a flexible business strategy.
Be awesome! Forget about ’The Law of Jante’. Start believing in what you do and your product, and do it humbly. It takes courage to make a difference and change things, but it takes likeability to bring others along. In House of Code we celebrate our differences, encourage self propellingness and flatten the hierarchy.
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Did you enjoy the dish? Please consider joining us when we cook up a perfect mix of our 100 closest stakeholders at the second edition of Startup Odense’s Friday Bar and help us celebrate our new office, and the growing and optimistic Startup and entreprenurial environment of Odense and Fyn.
Want to join? Please sign up here (or simply show up!)
Please also consider flagging our press officer here if you are interested in joining our upcoming ’House of Apps’ LinkedIn group for app handlers in all industries. The purpose of the network is to ad value to your business by connecting you directly to our developers and designers. The network is a practical extention to House of Code’s blog.Author
Director of House of Code, Jonathan Bornemann Junker; CTO, Gert Lavsen and Project Manager, Rasmus Styrk.
Photo: Andreas Milvertz (Tiny Studio)
What do you like about Odense?
The growing optimism and the Silicon Valley like mix of IT/Tech, Drones and Robotech industry. The many cultural acitvities of course only makes everything better.
What is your best entrepreneurial advice?
Be awesome and drink beer!