We talked to Agu Remmelg of Coursy.io on how they are helping enterprises to boost employee productivity and maintain compliance, despite the pandemic and this is what he had to say.
First of all, how are you and your family doing in these COVID-19 times?
Agu Remmelg: My family is doing great, staying safe, and working in tech. Therefore no additional stress from working from home or having online meetings.
Tell us about you, your career, how you joined Coursy.io
Agu Remmelg: I have been lucky having not to be in the same organization, the same industry, and the same country throughout my career. Instead, work-life has been taking me from the government to corporate, to NGO, and then to the start-up world – all leadership roles in international settings.
I was invited to Coursy.io by its previous founder to lead the company’s international growth. Recently I was asked to take over the Coursy CEO role.
How does Coursy.io innovate?
Agu Remmelg: The history of humankind knows two main drivers for innovation: problems to solve and the other – ambition. The most significant problem now is that the world is changing so fast that very few people and organizations can cope with the pace of change. Ray Kurzweil from Google has said that “We won’t experience 100 years of progress in the 21st century—it will be more like 20,000 years of progress (at today’s rate).”
Coursy has taken the problem seriously and created an innovative educational technology platform enabling enterprises to cope with fast changes, boost employee productivity, and maintain required compliance.
The main ingredients that fuel coursy innovation are:
- The ambitious team that collectively and individually is never satisfied with the status quo.
- Culture and processes for experimenting.
- Focus on customer problems to solve.
How the coronavirus pandemic affects your business, and how are you coping?
Agu Remmelg: Coursy is one of those companies that has solved more significant problems for more organizations during the coronavirus pandemic. Coursy platform digital tools and automated processes enable customers to educate their employees despite the pandemic. Our business is growing fast. As a team, we have managed to be safe and healthy.
Did you have to make difficult choices, and what are the lessons learned?
Agu Remmelg: In the start-up world, you have continuous ups and downs, highs and lows. The most difficult choices have been regarding changing team members to cope with the needs of the business.
Otherwise, you have a constant fight with lack of time, money, people, while there is the utmost need for growth. It feels that you always have to jump out of the plane and then find out how to open the parachute.
The main lesson learned is that you should not calculate too long, take a step in the right direction, and adjust the course later if necessary. Just keep moving towards your vision.
How do you deal with stress and anxiety?
Agu Remmelg: Most important is to set some rules like keeping good relationships with your friends and family, having enough sleep, eating quality food, and doing enough exercise. Having those necessary things in place and the right vision ahead, you can move mountains.
Who are your competitors? And how do you plan to stay in the game?
Agu Remmelg: Our competitors are all Learning and Training management systems there are in the world. To stay ahead of the game, we focus very much on building a quality team, keeping up the innovation culture, and listening closely to our customers.
Your final thoughts?
Agu Remmelg: The start-up world is fascinating. I admire all those working hard to chase big dreams and disrupt the current practices for the better. I am also glad to be part of the start-up community in Estonia. After all, this is the world’s number one country in terms of unicorns per capita.