If You Want To Find Resource Scheduling Zen, I’ve Got Just The Guru
I love that word, guru, not only because it’s fun to say, but it’s just cooler than “expert.” I would much rather go to a wise guru for my troubles than, say, a “specialist.” So, when I heard about ResourceGuruApp.com, I thought, “man, if I ever have trouble with my resource scheduling this is who I would turn to.” At the moment, it’s not a pain point for me, but it is for a lot of people, and that’s why they are making the pilgrimage to seek out a cure for their (resource scheduling) woes.
We caught up with the site’s Vice Guru, Percy Stilwell to talk trekking, Churchill, and, of course, tech.
What’s with the name, ResourceGuruApp?
We wanted a memorable name and one that contained at least one word that was relevant to our product. Our product is aimed at people who have a fairly hectic day trying to manage other people’s time so the zen quality of the guru felt like a good antidote to this.
What’s your Guru team look like?
We have two founders- Andrew Rogoff and myself. We also have a great bunch of developers based in Cape Town working for us full time.
Your sources of Inspiration?
I am inspired by people who have changed the way we do things for the better. Steve Jobs has to be up there. They guys at 37 Signals have been pretty inspirational to us as a company. Basecamp changed the methodology behind project management for a lot of companies.
Also, people who succeed against the odds – Nelson Mandela is an extraordinary person.
Music – John Barry
Art – Picasso
Quote – Winston Churchill: “You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.”
Not that I have many enemies, but I believe in life you need to believe in something and go for it. I’m also a strong believer in the power of positivity. There are so many cynics and naysayers out there who try to stop you from moving forward. It’s so important to block these people out and focus on the positive. I’m amazed at where we’ve got to and all because we’ve never stopped believing that our goal was achievable and worthwhile.
What has been you biggest startup challenge?
So far, touch wood, there have been no big booboos – I think under funding can often be a problem for startups as it’s so difficult to accurately forecast the sales and overheads for a new business. We’ve kept things very lean til now and things are looking good.
Are you feeling the Guru success?
Yes and no. Even though we haven’t made a cent yet (we have lots of signups but they’re all on a 30 day free trial!), to get to this point is one hell of an achievement and one that Andrew and I are incredibly proud of. We started prototyping the app in 2009 so it’s been a long journey working many weekends and evenings. When you have small children, like I do, this is a real wrench and a big sacrifice to make. I feel I’ve failed a little on a personal level here but hopefully for a worthwhile cause. True success will be a flourishing business and time for my family.
What’s your app and site go-to?
Too many to choose from! At the moment the app I seem to spend most of my time in is Pivotal Tracker – it’s the main repository for us and our developers to store and assign tasks. I’m loving Desk.com (formerly Assistly) – I can’t imagine how you would effectively manage support without a system like this.
Who would win in a dog and cat fight?
If you die, your dog will whimper by your side for days on end until help comes. Your cat, on the other hand, will eat you! Need I say more?
And, finally, what’s the zen behind ResourceGuru?
Saas-Devi Resourci is the name of our Guru. We met him while trekking in the Unkulunkulu mountains and after sharing our resource scheduling problems with him he imparted his wisdom and told us how to go about solving it. If it weren’t for that chance encounter we probably wouldn’t be here today!
Sounds like a trek worthwhile! Thanks Percy, and here’s to the future zensational success for ResourceGuru.