First of all, how are you and your family doing in these COVID-19 times?
Alex Tamoykin: Not bad, mostly social distancing, working from the home office. We have some masks and face shields in case we need to get out of the house.
Tell us about you, your career, how you founded Right Balance.
Alex Tamoykin: Technology was always a part of my life. I started coding in the 5th grade of elementary school. After finishing my dual Master’s degree in computer software and hardware in Russia, I started working with some large clients. One of our big projects was Motorola Razor in the early days of mobile. I always wanted to be at the center of the technology community, which why I moved to California in the US. Here, after working with many venture-backed startups, and founding some startups of my own, I put together the best engineering practices and top-quality talent to create Right Balance. We’re now in the top 50 startups to watch in Los Angeles.
How does Right Balance innovate?
Alex Tamoykin: We’re always at the edge of new technology. Our clients hire us to modernize their existing technology stack or to build new products with the latest and greatest tech. We share some best practices with the community by presenting at tech meetups and conferences.
How the coronavirus pandemic affects your business, and how are you coping?
Alex Tamoykin: We’re a remote team at its core. Which means we can operate as normal in the times of COVID. There was some slow down this summer. Now things are picking up and firing on all cylinders as before.
Did you have to make difficult choices, and what are the lessons learned?
Alex Tamoykin: Our main lesson learned is to continue to be lean and mean. We believe in a small team accomplishing big things, not the other way around. When having a large team of people, it’s easy to overgrow and lose resiliency to external factors like COVID.
How do you deal with stress and anxiety?
Alex Tamoykin: The family and the team helps a lot. We’re constantly on Slack and video calls to stay in touch with teammates and clients. On the personal side, getting outside of the house with the wife and kids is a good way to relax and recharge.
Who are your competitors? And how do you plan to stay in the game?
Alex Tamoykin: There are many software development firms out there. Our motto is to do the best work, and the right thing will happen. Challenging the status quo and continuing to reinvent the way we work is how we stay competitive.
Your final thoughts?
Alex Tamoykin: Remote work is key. It enables new opportunities and allows companies to tap into a large pool of talent worldwide. Embracing remote work at your company will open new doors for you.