Long time, no messages. They were very busy three recent months. Cossacks IT actively participated in events and building communities.
1. First, in January, Jennifer Roberts from Ekipa.co and me organized her workshop on Cross-cultural communications http://blog.ekipa.co/intercultural_sales_cycles, both in Kiev and in Lviv.
The workshop lasted two days in each location and was a big success. For Ukrainians it was very useful to find out from a native American the details and nuances of doing business with her native country. She told about the roots of American culture, why Americans have approach to business both individual and at the same time strong feeling of a community, how important it is to deliver and exceed expectations. The participants trained to write e-mails, communicate with different energy levels and a lot of other things.
Some photos from this event:
2. After taking some rest Cossacks were busy doing a little bit of a social responsibility project – helped to organize a TIM: Tech & Solutions conference http://timint.net/techsolutions2016.html.
The idea of the conference was to gather together IT directors of local IT companies and out exporters, outsourcing companies. The thing is that in Ukraine there is a very powerful outsourcing community, working with western clients, and very small and quite undeveloped local IT market. And the task was to bring these two worlds together and make sure they start speaking and hearing each other, thus developing some cooperation.
We have invited great speakers, who pronounced very important ideas from the stage, the lively dialogue started and so it looks like this part was a success. Not that much of outsourcers came, who traditionally are quite skeptical about local market, but we believe that we made a good start and later the interest in R&D for national IT economy will only grow.
Some photos from there:
First time I was on a conference in a real night club! It was quite special )
3. Later Cossacks were engaged into helping with organization of Outsource People in Minsk (www.outsource-people.com). It is a great initiative, whose aim is to bring our culture of building communities and sharing knowledge to our close neighbor, Belarus. We hope this initiative will be a starting point of developing an outsourcing community there as well.
4. Speaking about communities, I am happy to share one more achievement of ours. Me, Nataly Veremeeva, the founder of Cossacks IT, became a moderator of the local Kiev IT Sales Club. There are already around 130 people in there by now and the community is growing. We have two meetings already, with several talks in each. And they were big fun. I feel the hunger for communication among representatives of this young profession of IT Sales, and a lot of interesting people, who are a part of it.
I want to be your eyes and make a full impression of you visiting the companies. True, sometimes to understand what the company is about, it is very nice to make a visit, to get a “feel” about it. Now you can save your money on a flight, I will be your eyes and your legs.
I have recorded already the video with the first company, will publish it soon.
Also, we with Jennifer Roberts and Hugo Messer from Ekipa already planning to have our next event in June http://blog.ekipa.co/build_better_international_software_business. Subscribe here not to miss it!