Angel Investor & CEO at Ragnarson
I have a technical background and 20+ engineers working at my software development agency. Feel free to ask for any software related advice. If I don't have an immediate answer, someone from my network will be able to point you in the right direction.
Organizations are built by people. If something is not working properly, it's because of our various shortcomings. From my personal experience, founders and managers are often the biggest bottlenecks in the system. "If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.” In other words, take care of yourself first. I'm here to help you speed up the process and discover your personal bottlenecks.
The main reason for startup failures is solving a problem which doesn't exist. It sounds obvious yet it is being repeated over and over. If you need guidance on how to structure your approach to avoid such mistakes, I'm happy to help. My experience is mostly based on close collaboration with many European SaaS founders.
If you are lost, you don't know what the next step is, or you simply need a sparring partner - I'm your guy. Asking the right questions is my strategy for finding answers you are looking for. It's a straightforward process which goes deeply into your motivation to do something in the first place.
Ragnarson is a software house which specializes in building web applications for startups. We are using Ruby and agile principles in our daily work which allows us to speed up the development process and guarantee high product quality. Our main areas of expertise: • Rapid Minimum Viable Product (MVP) development • Rewriting legacy applications • Product development and maintenance • Merging products after acquisitions • Building and maintaining dedicated hosting solutions
Major responsibilities: • Designing, implementing and maintaining server infrastructure • Server management • Virtualization • Scalable VM management • Automated server configuration • Networking • Cloud Storage • Highly-available distributed services • Monitoring • Customer support
Ragnarson is a software house which specializes in building web applications for startups. We are using Ruby and agile principles in our daily work which allows us to speed up the development process and guarantee high product quality. Our main areas of expertise: • Rapid Minimum Viable Product (MVP) development • Rewriting legacy applications • Product development and maintenance • Merging products after acquisitions • Building and maintaining dedicated hosting solutions In a span of 12 years we have helped dozens of startups to build their products and grow their business. Their success motivates and encourages us to build an even better environment for our developers.
Together with the rest of the team I was responsible for general business development mostly in the following areas: • recruitment • sales • finance • resource allocation • company's website My main focus was in sales with the following activities: • lead generation • qualifying inbound leads • taking care of potential customers • negotiating terms of contracts • building teams for won projects • collecting feedback from potential and current customers • re-negotiating rates and managing the allocation of developers • nurturing relationships with current and past customers
Platform for hosting Ruby and Ruby on Rails apps, focusing on the developers happiness.
I was part of the team responsible for building our first product: Platform as a service for hosting Ruby and Ruby on Rails applications which later became Shelly Cloud. Major responsibilities: • Designing, implementing and maintaining server infrastructure • Server management • Virtualization • Scalable VM management • Automated server configuration • Networking • Cloud Storage • Highly-available distributed services • Monitoring • Customer support
Platform for hosting Ruby and Ruby on Rails apps, focusing on the developers happiness.
Maciej was super helpful. He clearly answered the questions related to my project and also suggested an insight I hadn't yet considered. Thanks!
Maciej was a fantastic sounding board and insightful mentor. He helped me to reframe my questions into actionable insights, and has given me several new things to think about. I recommend him highly and look forward to working with him in the future.
Helpful, to the point, no sugar coating!
Some good pointers regarding business model and customer interviews. Will work on some experiments and reach back again.
Great conversation with Maciej. Super knowledgable about the agency space and gives some great advice on how to actionable steps. Highly recommend you speak to him about any of your issues.
Had a good chat with Maciej. Really candid, and insightful. Thanks for your time!
Maciej was very kind to share his knowledge of the industry and the challenges when it comes to recruiting and scaling a product within my sector. Thank you so much!
Always nice to talk! Brought up some Ideas and gave me a direction!
SO helpful! Great feedback on where we are and what we should do next. Was super helpful to talk to someone knowledgeable in the product market fit stage and get more confident in our next steps. Thanks : )
Gave useful feedback on an early stage project. Will speak to him again once I'm making progress
Maciej is a great guy. We booked a session but we felt that there are more on things needs to be discussed so we scheduled another session for the same day. I like to work with Maciej because as a CEO he has a different perspective about startups. I can recommend to reach him out at any stage but if you are in early you would get a high value talking with him. I can recommend him to anyone.
It was a pleasure to talk and he gave me a few very good hints what topics I should focus on next.
Maciej is a generous and kind mentor with a lot of knowledge on the process side. Highly recommended! Dziekuje ;)
Incredibly helpful... thoughtful... patient and wise
Maciej brought new perspectives making it clear to me that I'm kind of sabotaging myself by doing everything myself. I definitely need to learn to delegate.
Very insightful chat and got great advice for going deeper in the subject at hand.
Maciej is friendly, and I felt comfortable talking to him. He gives excellent advice and also provides me with solutions I needed. :D
Maciej is wonderful listener and asks very thoughtful questions. I think he will be able to help me break things down into smaller parts and not be overwhelmed, in addition to giving me some really good ideas on my approach. I look forward to connecting with him again.
Maciej was very helpful in walking through some challenges with guiding questions to enable realisation of the right decisions and was adept in pulling out lessons from the micro to the macro that I will be sure to bring forward. Amongst other kernels of wisdom on culture and focus, one key lesson he walked me through was to create synergy through team-building by valuing the differing perspectives that people bring to the table, to sharpen overall ideation and execution. Maciej is a mentor that really reflects the fabric of what GM can do to unlock progress and learning through sharp thinking and attentive advice. I recommend a session if you have the chance.
Maciej was very helpful. Came prepared and asked questions and thoroughly understood the problem we are facing and offered good suggestions and advice. Very helpful.
Great session with Maciej! Really good to chat about current challenges and hear his thoughts on everything. Lots of great take aways to be thinking about, as well as some suggestions of people to reach out to. Looking forward to speaking again in the new year!
It's the first time that the mentor asked me so many questions following my input, and I LOVED it. Maciej understood my perspective and we discussed various ways of approaching our cases. Highly recommended mentor
Thank you very much, Maciej. I appreciate how generous you were with your time and for the interest you took in understanding the goals and vision of what I am trying to build. Thank you for your input, especially regarding insights on team-building.
Maciej is fantastic. This was a follow up call and as always I was blown away by just how generous he is with his time and knowledge. What a man!
Maciej was a pleasure to talk to. I was very impressed with his intuition about finding the right type of customer, and the advantage of going after smaller companies vs enterprises. He gave specific pointers to tools and platforms I can use to source leads and run campaigns. It's rare to see someone who is so generous with their time, and I hope to emulate his example and do the same!
Very knowledgeable and asked the right questions to make sure all angles are being considered. Thank you :)
Wow. Maciej was unbelievably helpful, friendly and pretty much an all-round legend. Could not rate his help any more.
Great advice, refreshing approach on difficult subject.
Good at asking the right questions to gain clarity. Thanks!
Maciej is a great person to chat with when you are evaluating different topics/challenges ahead. Very humble, brings a new perspective and fun person to chat with overall.
Super helpful in helping me re-frame my problem and think through solutions.
Good listener. Unfortunately, didn't have a ton of time to get Maciej's POV but he asked some really great questions.
Maciej was great. Even though my mind was completely overwhelmed with so many issues and roadblocks recently, he was able to guide me through his thoughts and clarify some very relevant points for me. Getting this amount of value for free is simply mindblowing and shows immense humility and willingness to help from his side.
Extremely valuable! Maciej asked the right questions to stir my mind into thinking solutions for my problems, which was a fantastic way. Highly recommend Maciej!
Maciej gave good feedback from a business as well as from a personal perspective. I wish I had talked to him a few month if not years earlier :)
Maciej is very curious and really tries to understand your problem/goal. His questions actually pointed me to some blind spots. It was a great conversation.
Fantastic help in just 30 minutes. Asked good questions and helped get to the core of the issue I needed to discuss. I left the all feeling better than I did when I came in. That was encouraging and helpful. Definitely a good use of 30 minutes. Thanks so much!
Maciej is the best, always insightful and very open to listening. Thanks so much!
Maciej was very receptive while offering insights on my rather unique project. He was supportive and encouraging but also asked some challenging & honest questions that helped me gain some clarity on next steps. Maciej was also very focussed on the project and did some solid research into the background I'd sent over ahead of our call. Because he spent time with the work in advance our 1:1 discussion was deep and on topic. Much gratitude Maciej!!
I had a really good session with Maciej and he provided valuable advice and feedback that I could take action on straight away. He was patient in understanding my business, the issues I have had and provided an honest opinion on what to focus on next which I have been following. Overall I was very pleased with the result of the meeting and will be having a follow up session with Maciej again.
Great session. Got some great strategic advice on specific next steps on how the next steps for growth and also how to carve out more time as a technical founder doing growth.
Extremely valuable! Maciej asked the right questions to stir my mind into thinking solutions for my problems, which was a fantastic way. Higly recommend Maciej!
Maciej was amazing. As a founder he identified right away with my situation and provided amazing feedback, I will book a call again for sure. Best mentor!
Maciej is incredibly well-versed in early-stage growth hacks. He had very creative ideas on how to approach the problem and very calmly asked the right questions. I would highly recommend him if you are looking for an experienced advisor who can very carefully dissect your early-stage issues and problems. He even offered to provide some incredibly helpful introductions from his personal network. I look forward to staying in touch with him.
Maciej provided a very interesting view regarding my idea and really listened and tried to understand it.
Really great to chat to Maciej. Super smart guy, and, despite being a completely different sector, managed to break down my challenges and solid feedback from first principles. Highly recommend chatting to him!
I couldn't have asked for a better call than the 30 minutes Maijec generously offered. He intently listened to my questions (which I knew in advance were fuzzy enough that they would be challenging to answer) then he shared a thoughtful and logical approach... breaking down each question into smaller pieces, and giving solid answers and actionable next steps for each.
Maciej did a great job of listening carefully to my situation and reflecting on how I can improve my thinking to achieve my goals.
Maciej was very attentive and asked a lot of questions to understand my business first. He gave candid advice about how to prudently use technology to enable your business. He suggested tools to use and also followed up with questions after our call to send me more tools. I am looking forward to future chats with him!
Fantastic, in-depth insights for a customer discovery / problem discovery call. Thank you so much.
Super kind mentor, super insightful session. Learnt so much in 30 mins - things that I haven't been able to in the last 2 weeks. Gave me enough direction for further action. Thank you so much Maciej!
Maciej shared his experiences working with other cofounders, both good and bad. He explained common pitfalls to avoid and the reasoning behind them. He had sound advice based on his own story, especially with regards to finding and retaining technical talent. Looking forward to keeping in touch with Maciej along my journey. I highly recommend Maciej to anyone looking for options to solve technical problems in their company.
The session with Maciej was very helpful. He comes with a product development background and was able to understand our predicament and suggest the way forward
Really enjoyed my call with Maciej. He shared his thought process around a particular challenge I am facing which gave me a whole new perspective on the matter. Thank you Maciej.
Maciej was very patient and understanding of our pain points and was diligent and methodical in his approach to making suggestings and offering actionable advice. Would recommend Maciej to anyone especially in product development or working with a team of developers to bring their product to MVP stage. Also, a great guy to bounce ideas and concepts off of.
Knowledgeable, friendly and open to sharing knowledge. Maciej gave me some real tips that I could immediately implement to clarify the vision of my business. I can definitely recommend him!
Maciej has a lot of knowledge about startups needing a developer's help as an owner of an agency. I appreciated his time and willingness to also dig deeper through my challenges.
My call with Maciej was beyond my expectations. I thought I was going to get good advice, but it turned out to be extremely impactful. It helped shift my thinking, and ultimately the direction I am taking with the development of the product side of my startup. He asked great questions that I failed to ask myself prior to this chat. I highly recommend speaking with him if you need any advice/direction related to building and MVP or product at any stage.
Maciej and I had a very informative chat regarding his hiring process. His answers were honest and insightful. I would schedule a chat in the future with Maciej regarding his knowledge regarding Product-Market Fit(PMF). I believe his insights will help me with my PMF problem and I would recommend Maciej to all of my peeps who need help.
Thanks a lot Maciej. Really helped me to make up my mind on how to continue the project in a most effective & lean way. Looking forward to continue the conversation!
Very helpful and clear notes are give by sir.
Maciej gave me an important recommendation and help on how to identify my audience and run my surveys. He has also helped me to understand how to take actions based on what my audience requests and how to differentiate from other brands by finding a niche.