This is the story why we've founded WebFaster, what drives us and what keeps us awake at night. Read how we believe we can change the world.
by Timothy Verhaeghe, founder & CTO WebFaster
I worked on average 100 hours a week for more than 3 years to build the next generation of personalisation. It was a childhood dream to have impacted the life of millions by making the web more tailored to each individual. Taglayer was my education, the place where I would grow into a tech entrepreneur and where I learned that the hardest part of starting a company is finding the right team an above all, finding a devotion for life. After several hickups it was time for me to move on.
In 3 years time I had started an idea, grew the team to 17 employees, served tens of (corporate) customers and had presented tens of millions of people a personalised website. I was 23 years old and ready to conquer the world when I decided to leave my baby. As positive as I am always, I believed in a brighter future. Because I had made this much growth in a very short period of time, I got many questions from great people to starts companies for them. This was the beginning of our Venture Studio called ProductBuilder.
In the next 3 years I helped launch more than 21 startups, each one of them, started from nothing. Many of these companies have received funding and many times I was there as first/founding developer/CTO, coding night after night, living on Red Bull and fastfood in order to create MVP's and product demos. I had the unique oppurtunity to work directly with and for tens of founders who now run multi-million dollar valued companies. All these times I watched these workaholic, maniacal founders and asked myself, will this be the next Elon Musk or Bill Gates? Will this idea be the next groundbreaking innovation?
I did all of this to learn and for personal growth. My time would come later. The focus now was to understand what success is and what drives people. I discovered and learned many things, but one element really stood out. To say it in Steve Jobs' words: "The people who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do". I learned that people who are passionate about the things they we're doing, got way more "luck" than others. Those freaks, working extreme hours, have found true success. Not in the form of money, but in the form of devotion and motivation. You can take everything away from them and still, they will survive.
There are many people like this, often hidden in unexpected places. It's not always business-focused either.
Think of the people passionate about climate change, about helping others, about solving the world's hardest challenges.
It is because of these people that humanity will flourish in the next decades. It is because of these people that I forsee an amazing future for all of us.
The world needs more freaks, more people who break bariers and devote themselves to the greater good. Anyone else should help them flourish, support the crazy ones and search for their own Ikigai.
To put it in Napolean Hill's words: "The man who does more than he is paid for, will soon be paid for more than he does."
It is the speech of JFK about our journey to the moon that changed my life and that of millions of Americans.
He quoted that we chose to go to the Moon and do the other things, not because they are easy,
but because they are hard; because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills,
because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept. One we are unwilling to postpone, and one we intend to win, and the others, too.
I wondered in the last years about the challenge that I was willing to accept.
The challenge that would change the world for the better and that pushes us 10 or even 100 years in the future.
I founded my Ikigai in software development many years ago. Now I realised that we could innovate at an even higher standard than ever before.
I realised that we could use machine learning to build software by just explaining what we want or how it should work, giving the hard work to computers and their unlimited resources.
Putting people in charge of innovation again and pushing innovation towards humans, once again.
This is the challenge I am willing to accept.
It is our mission to build an artificial intelligence that can invent, create and manage software faster and better than ever before.
By democratising innovation, giving everyone the power to create software without technological resources or knowledge, we can push the human race forward, faster than ever before.
It is not about the technology, but about the impact we will make.
To conclude, I would like to call all passionate, driven and ambitious people out there.
People who aren't afraid of failing and are willing to put in everything in order to push the human race forward.
Get in touch if you are someone who wants to push the human race forwards, who believes that technology is the way to do this and who are willing to put in the work for this.
Because together, we will have an unexpected journey.