After launching in 11 countries, and planning to “invade” another 14 this year, Billdu has been on a search for someone still missing from the team. This person had to cover a critical role – making sure that the product is promoted and sold on the international market, choose the right communication channels and segmentation, as well as have the heart of an entrepreneur, vision, drive and a focus on results. Someone who loves challenges and knows how to infect everyone around him with his energy. And after many a sleepless night – the day has come.
Billdu’s finally got its new CEO. He had to go through many demanding screenings, and naturally, he couldn’t escape a couple of questions from our own writing and publishing staff. Read on for a closer look at Billdu’s CEO – Viktor Kosticky and how he sees his role in the upcoming months and eventually, the future years of Billdu.
So tell us Viktor, what experience and knowledge are you bringing to the table, so to speak?
“Until recently, I’ve been gaining work experience mainly in the corporate area of the IT segment in major global companies. While working for Dell, I’ve led the team that sold products to companies and customers on the german market. In IBM, I was responsible for the business development division, which focused on digital sales in Central and Eastern Europe regions, strongly cooperating with local marketing departments. I believe, that my greatest asset for Billdu will be my hands-on experience in business development – the leading and building of teams, setting up the corporate strategy, as well as creating new processes, while optimizing the one’s that are currently in place.
My role as CEO of Billdu will consist mainly of the further heading of the company – developing a new and complex business strategy. I would like for Billdu to disconnect from its start-up past to make place for a more stable and professionalized company. All that will be done with maximum effort put towards the fulfillment of business goals, that will eventually bring the awaited results.
Why have you decided to get on board of Billdu? What caught your eye?
My joining Billdu’s Team is the result of a combination of several factors. I have, for a longer time now, felt that the corporate sector isn’t giving me the sense of achievement I’ve wanted. I wanted to build something “connected to reality” a to see practical evidence and consequence of my work. I’ve also found Billdu to be a very powerful and high-quality product, in which I personally see big potential. And last but not least, a big contributing factor was the simple fact, that I’ve felt a common spark of thoughts and patterns with Billdu’s founder and CTO, Erik Hudak. He has achieved an admirable piece of work and it’s very inspiring to work with someone like that, so I’m really looking forward to our future teamwork.
What do you see in the coming years for Billdu?
“Billdu is currently available in 14 languages in 25 countries and the sheer potential market size is astonishing. In light of the fact, that more and more users are letting go of the more conservative methods of invoicing to modern, digital and attractive ways, there’s a huge space for growth and expansion. I foresee a rocket launch in the coming years for Billdu and my ambition is to see to it, that in 5 years time, Billdu will be among the top 10 most business tools used worldwide.”
Thank you for your time.
Halfway there. Your product/service is out there, you’re analyzing user behavior like a pro and offering high-quality customer support to your users. Time to focus inward for a bit and take a good hard look on the inner working of your company, the work-flow, the workforce, how to iron out redundant tasks and effectively focus on the important ones.
Every project has to be managed in a cost-effective and simple way. More and more teams are operating from different places in the world, but the tools we picked out for you are as much helpful for teams operating under one roof:
Asana is used in thousands of big companies and lets users put conversations and tasks together, track their status and priorities and see who owns each part of the effort. Free for teams of up to 15 people with unlimited projects and tasks, this one is a must-try.
Basecamp has gained a lot of friendly feedback and is a web-based project management and collaboration tool. To-do lists, wiki-style web-based text documents, milestone management, file sharing, time tracking, and a messaging system. Basecamp Classic’s interface is available in different languages (e.g. Spanish, French, Italian, German, Finnish and Japanese).
Collaboration and Communication
Inside your team, you have to be able to communicate every issue in a direct and simple manner and be sure that a task is carried out when it supposed to. Are there tools for this? Yes they are:
Podio is our personal favorite here at Billdu. We use it to keep track of all issues that each team-member has been assigned and what the state of said issues is. Podio users create workspaces to collaborate with specific groups of people and get their work done using Podio Apps. Anyone can build their own Podio Apps – using drag-and-drop, without a single line of code.
If you need instant screen sharing for spontaneous collaborations, training or online meetings, join.me can deliver an effective way to do so. Review designs, train staff, demo stuff or simply meet for a brainstorming. join.me is fast, free and requires no download by the viewer.
Time management is one of the most important factors of productivity. Schedule every single task you need to undertake to get results and then get them done. Timeful lets you merge your calendar and to-do list, it’s free and connects to Google Calendar, Microsoft Outlook / Exchange, Apple iCal and other. It learns from your behaviors, adapts to your schedule, and personalizes the recommendations the more you use it.
There aren’t many people who haven’t at least heard from Evernote. Tired of your old simplistic notes apps? Evernote pushes the note taking business to a new level wit it’s digital workspace. Evernote works across all your devices and synchronizes every piece of information you entrust with it.
Feedback & Bugtracking
Not a single product or service has remained the same from their start. Constant adjustments and modifications based on feedback from your users is a must in every industry. You and your whole team can’t possibly hope to find every little bug hiding in your system, nor seeing your work from the perspective of every one of your users. So let them tell you what’s wrong, and how to fix it:
The world’s simplest bug tracker, just point and click. Collect feedback, resolve issues give your customers what they want. It can be embedded in your website without much effort and your users can send their thoughts without tedious filling out of lengthy forms.
If you’re looking to collect feedback from websites and mobile devices alike in one place, Doorbell is for you. Javacsript, iOS and Android SDK’s are available for setting up Doorbel in your application or use their API to create your own client. Doorbell is integrated with popular services like Pivotal Tracker, Trello, GitHub, Sprint.ly,Asana, Jira, Highrise and Lighthouse.
Opening your own shop online can be both a daunting and at the same time, an exhilarating experience. Digital products are on the rise as well as physical products sold online, so if you want to sell, nothing stands in your way. Check out the e-commerce platforms we’ve picked out for you and you’ll be well on your way to having your own online enterprise in no time:
Simple shopping cart for artists, designers, bands, record labels, jewelry, crafters. Over 500,000 clothing designers, bands, record labels, jewelry makers, crafters, and other artists use Big Cartel to sell their merchandise.
Squarespace lets you create whole websites including various functionality, but we had to mention it specifically for their e-commerce websites which are fully integrated and accept payments instantly. an Online Store. They are level 1 PCI compliant and use 128-bit SSL encryption to ensure credit card data is safe and secure. SEO is built in to ensure search engines find your store online.
Gumroad is aimed at independent writers, designers, game developers, musicians, artists, filmmakers, and anyone in-between. In other words, if you create – you have to take the Gumroad. They pay all the necessary fees to move money into your PayPal account. Every transaction on Gumroad happens through an encrypted HTTP Secure connection. Your customers’ download links are also secure. The download links expire after one use and require verification before another download happens.
We hope you’ve gained some interesting insights and tips in our startup series’ fifth part. We also hope to see you open shop in the near future if that’s your plan. As always, leave us a comment with your own views and tips on these topics and stay tuned for the next part, in which we will dwell deeper into the whole “money-making”(or to be more appropriate – capital and resources acquirement) process of your startup.
Ready for some tasty new updates from our Billdu developers? For a long time, our users have asked for a new module and finally, they’ve got their wish granted: Inventory tracking. All your items can now be tracked in regards to their respective remaining amounts. Read on, for a closer look at the new inventory functions included in both the web version as well as Billdu mobile.
Up until now, you could only enter the amounts of your saved items manually. You could see an overview of items and amounts, but each time you issued a new invoice, the item count stayed the same until you – again manually – changed it to reflect the actual amount left. Well with Billdu’s new Inventory Level Tracking, once you’ve entered the starting amount of any item, it will automatically adjust to match the number of items you’ve still got left after issuing new invoices. You can then verify and check all item movements using the history function or – if needed – add or remove an item movement manually as well.
Inventory Tracking on Billdu Mobile
As opposed to some of our other recent updates, this one didn’t get its own section. Our developers simply implemented new functions into the Items section, to make it as comfortable to use as possible and this goes both for the web version as well as the mobile one. The Item section’s grid has been remade, to show each item’s current amount, so you no longer have to open each item up, to check its amount.
You’ll notice a couple of new things here: firstly a switch to turn on Inventory Level Tracking. This needs to be turned on for each item you intend to track. You can turn this on when creating the item or do it for any existing items you’ve previously created. As long as the Inventory Level Tracking stays on, the amount of that item will be automatically adjusted should the said item be used on an invoice or another document (you might also want to check out how a professional invoice template looks like). You can also add item amount movements manually, should you need to.
Simply add the amount change that occurred, the date and time of the movement and optionally a note with additional information.
Every movement – automatic or manually added – will be recorded and shown in the given item’s movement history, where you can verify each one according to its date and time. All changes will also automatically synchronize with the web version once you’re online.
Inventory Tracking on Billdu Web
After opening the Item grid, you’ll notice that the Amount column has been replaced by the Inventory Level column. Here, you will see the amount you’ve entered when creating the item and if you turn on Inventory Level Tracking for it, it will automatically adjust according to your issued invoices.
Here you can see the inventory levels for all items that you’ve previously entered. After turning on Inventory Level Tracking, you can click on the new plus icon in the Actions column to manually add a movement to any given item’s inventory level. This is helpful if there are changes to the amounts of your items other than from issued documents.
When creating a new item, or editing an existing one, you can turn on Inventory Level Tracking here as well as add new movements to the given item’s amount. Every movement, whether from issued documents or manually added by the user will show up here, in the item’s movement history, as well. In the case of movements coming from documents, you can also open the respective document in which the item was used directly in the item’s movement history.
Whether a new user or old, be sure to check out Billdu’s new powerful Inventory Tracking. You’ll get a clearer overview of the current state of your items and thanks to the automatic nature of the new functions, it will also remain clear for as long as you leave the inventory tracking for a given item turned on. If you have any thoughts on the newest updates, feel free to leave us your feedback in the comments below.