Startup Stories. This time we are happy to introduce you to Taskulu. If you haven’t checked our past stories, you can find the stories of KSNA & 2nate here. Taskulu is one of our startups which is targeting the global market. We interviewed Farhad Hedayati, one of the cofounders of Taskulu.
Q: Would you please briefly describe Taskulu for us?
Farhad: Taskulu is going to revolutionize the way you manage projects on the internet. We’re targeting the global market. It is a centralized and unified management platform. Over the past few decades, everything has been moving towards becoming more and more integrated, centralized and unified to make everyday tasks easier: Smart phones, computers, CRM software. project management and collaboration field on the other hand has stayed the same during this time. You still need to use multiple tools like project management systems, communication tools and time tracking tools. Moreover, for managing the project you usually have to create and manage multiple sub-projects. Taskulu combines project management, real time communication and time tracking tools into a single unified, integrated platform, and it’s designed to increase the productivity of every team.
Q: How did Taskulu started?
Farhad: While using the current project management platforms, we were using several tools and systems and wasting lots and lots of time and money on bad management and communication platforms for over 2 years while working with 25 other software development companies. It was just too hard. So we started looking for a solution to make our own lives easier and Taskulu was born! We developed our own project management platform.
Q: What differentiate you with the competitors?
Farhad: One of the reasons that project managers end up creating multiple sub-projects and using several tools in real world projects is that they need to keep people with different roles separate – for example, they usually don’t want their clients and developers to be in direct contact. In other words, they’re creating multiple sub-projects for different roles in the project and this is one of the most important things that is being overlooked by existing platforms.
Q: How did you shape your team?
Farhad: Me and Kazem met in the university and have been best friends for over 6 years. Homayoon – our Rails backend developer – is my brother and we found the rest of our team in networking events like Hamfekr, TehranLUG and StartupGrind.
Q: What challenges did you or Kazem as founders encountered?
Farhad: it’s usually really hard to balance our work-life. We’re at the office around 12 hours a day at a minimum, and then continue working when we get home until 1-2 am. On the other hand, we’re both still undergraduate students at Amirkabir University of Technology, as you can imagine, managing our time so we can pass our college courses is really hard. Until a few months ago our team was smaller and the work load was unbelievably huge (we were working 14-16 hours a day and it seemed like there’s always a lot left to do). That went on for about a year – I remember once I didn’t see my father and sister for about a week because I came at home too late (12-1am at night) and they were already sleep, and then they left for work/school in the morning early before I woke up. But as we are moving forward, we are figuring it out.
Q: How is leading a team of 8 people looks like? Tell us about your style
Farhad: Not as difficult as you’d think! There is a lot of work to do, but fortunately our team works well together. The most important thing that made it easy to manage the team is that we communicate a lot and everyone knows exactly what they need to be working on. We have weekly progress report sessions, in which we discuss the tasks that have been done in the past week and brainstorm and decide about the things that need to be done next. It takes a bit of time and effort, but it’s worth it. To make decision making easier and faster, we limit the brainstorming time and the final decisions are made by me or Kazem after the time limit.
Q: For the final question, How Avatech helped you during acceleration?
Farhad: Beside the network of great mentors which are helping us a lot with their knowledge and experience, Avatech helped us to boost our speed and accelerate our progress. During these past months in Avatech, we developed many features and focused on our core value propositions.
Thank you for this interview.
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