We had the good fortune of connecting with Joe Gardner and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Joe, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
VentureDevs started when my network and my co-founder Wojtek Sobczuk’s network kept reaching out to us for tech and business expertise. We had already built and sold two tech companies beforehand: Modasphere and Surebilling. Those friends and contacts seeking our advice after successfully exiting two companies became our first clients, and that’s really how VentureDevs began. Our contacts were business-minded, but not necessarily tech-minded — which they understood. They might have had an idea for a given market, but they knew that they needed our tech expertise to help them validate, build, and launch their product. It sort of surprised us, but we realized that we could turn this model into a successful business in its own right. Ultimately, what made that model work — and what makes it continue to work — is trust. Our clients put their faith in us, as well as the fantastic technical and business teams that we’ve put together in the US and Poland. Since then, the VentureDevs brand has developed its own reputability, but it all started with that early trust coming from our networks and our successful track record in the venture ecosystem.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
We didn’t set out to launch a tech development firm, but it’s been an incredible journey. Building our own companies and then consulting with clients to help them build theirs has given us a unique combination of tech and startup expertise. This extends across our team as well, meaning that, as a company, VentureDevs is passionate about the process of building successful companies and products rather than building one specific company or one specific product. Due to our early growth, we created a well-oiled machine, and over the last year, we’ve spent time focusing on the growth side of the business. Now that we’ve done that in business development, marketing, and product, we see sustained, strong gains. Focusing on streamlining operations and setting up a core leadership team has helped us get where we are today with our largest roster of clients and partners ever, which has teed up something that we’re very excited about: launching VentureLabs, our own startup studio. With the personal experience that we bring from Modasphere and Surebilling, as well as work advising clients at VentureDevs, we’ve developed what we believe is the most reliable approach to building successful businesses. The lessons along the way have been invaluable, and now we’re ready to create new companies backed by what we’ve learned. On top of that, VentureDevs will play an instrumental role alongside VentureLabs. VentureDevs has given us the perspective needed to test our assumptions and understand what works across different market niches, and its success also means that we have a dream team in place that can help VentureLabs with everything from sourcing high-quality technical talent to the fundamentals of business-building, like leadership, business development, and marketing.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Well, LA is 50 cities in 1, so there’s always a new neighborhood to explore, a new hike to go on, and a new restaurant or bar to check out. I think it’d depend on what’s going on that week and what they’re interested in. With that said, some of my favorite places in LA are the Petit Ermitage rooftop for meetings and getting together as a team; Runyon Canyon for a nature vibe without needing to travel outside the city, which would definitely be a great change of pace for visitors from New York or Boston; and the city’s vegan restaurant scene, such as Gracias Madre and Crossroads Kitchen.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
We have worked hard to get VentureDevs where it is today, but our team deserves a lot of credit, too. We have certain team members who have been here every step of the way – such as our Chief of Staff, VP of Technology, and others. They’ve been along for the ride at every stage of our development, from a team of just Wojtek and me to a company of more than 100 business and technical experts across North America and Central Eastern Europe. The past year has been challenging for everyone, so we’re thankful to be leaving it stronger than we entered it — and as a more mature organization. We’ve expanded our business development, marketing, and product teams, we’ve made it easier for everyone to get involved across the organization, and we’ve added new and exciting clients and partnerships. On that note, our clients and partners deserve a shoutout. VentureDevs would not have started if it weren’t for the extensive networks that we’ve built over the years. We’re appreciative that so many came to us with the trust and confidence that we’d deliver on their product development goals — especially during such a critical time as the past year.
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