How did it all start?
SapientPro is a place where there are no bosses and no strict hierarchy. However, there are people who started everything. We call them “the Founders”. Their first days in the company, are the first days of the company.
Ihor: In the beginning, there were only three of us: Max, Serj and me. Before making this leap in the IT business, we worked for a company from the Netherlands. It gave us a great tech experience. So, we thought that with our tech expertise it would be enough to write emails to 3-5 clients and make offers. We expected them to see how cool we were and imagined that they would agree to cooperate right away. Zero! It all turned out more difficult than we thought, and in almost half a year WE HAD ZERO CLIENTS (shapes his fingers in a circle, looks through it and laughs).
Serj: Then, we got our very first task – to create apps for Android and iOS. Elated is not the right word to describe what we felt because it was more than that. We were willing to take any tasks just to get all the necessary experience in working with clients. This little project really motivated us. On a global scale, it wasn’t a tough task. For us, it was huge! We took it so seriously as though our fate depended on it. Before that, I had doubts. Because I didn’t quite know how it all worked. And when I have doubts, I feel like something restrains me from acting right. However, when you build something as grand as SapientPro, you learn to fight these doubts. You see, it was the first time I felt so uncertain about something. I guess it happens when you take risks. The risk was worth it.
Max: Yes, that’s why we thought about having a separate place to work. Our first office was a rented apartment. The three of us came there on the 15th of March. We opened the door and saw one single dining table in the middle. It was it. No furniture and bland pale walls. We thought: “Okay, it doesn’t matter. Let’s work”. We sat by this dining table and started looking for the clients. By the way, this day officially became our birthday – the 15th of March.