First of all, how are you and your family doing in these COVID-19 times?
Eugene Shapovalov: Thankfully, my family and teammates are healthy. I am also lucky to keep growing a successful company in this difficult for many people time.
Tell us about you, your career, how you founded Evernetica.
Eugene Shapovalov: I’ve started my journey as a software engineer back in 2006 and found Evernetica in 2011. Since that time, we’ve participated in various industries and launched hundreds of software products for customers all over the globe. These days we’re targeted to mobile app development, including programming for IoT, wearable devices, and augmented reality.
How does Evernetica innovate?
Eugene Shapovalov: People and their skills are the most valuable resource, especially in the digital space we work in. Find and get the best professionals on board, provide them with a supportive environment, a fair amount of credibility, and motivation. This requires many efforts, but I believe this is the key to have your company continually evolving and innovating.
How the coronavirus pandemic affects your business, and how are you coping?
Eugene Shapovalov: Frankly, our workflow has not been affected a lot. There are many startups among our clients, so we learned how to deal with an unstable load and distribute our resources accordingly.
Even though our core team resides in Ukraine, we also have employees from other countries. Thereby we used various tools for remote cooperation even in pre-Covid times.
Did you have to make difficult choices, and what are the lessons learned?
Eugene Shapovalov: For a while, Evernetica provided a wide range of IT services: graphic and UI design, creating websites, SEO, security audits, and mobile application development. At one point, such a strategy allowed us to grow the company in a short time since we were a one-stop-shop for our clients. On the other hand, I found that it became more and more challenging to operate and cultivate our technical expertise in the long run. That’s why we decided to shrink the area of our services and focus on mobile-first development.
It might be early to tell, but I already see an efficiency of such an approach. Working in a narrow niche is easier to define your end-customers, understand their needs, and deliver top-quality services.
How do you deal with stress and anxiety?
Eugene Shapovalov: I don’t try to fight it and accept stress as an essential part of my work and lifestyle. This kind of native feedback allows you to draw a conclusion and adjust your course. Anyway, you may need to take a breath and relax once a while. Everyone follows his favorite recipes: sports, hobbies, art… Personally, I prefer brandy but won’t recommend this treatment to our readers.
Who are your competitors? And how do you plan to stay in the game?
Eugene Shapovalov: The mobile software market is huge. Portable devices and mobile apps became even more demanded during 2020. We noticed a significant growth of some specific development requests: remote education apps, healthcare devices tools, virtual entertainment, etc.
Our main strength is providing custom development and flexible workflow for each client. That means we don’t have to compete with other players in the niche. We are fully responsive and create a unique environment for every project. This way, we’re staying one step ahead.
Your final thoughts?
Eugene Shapovalov: Many of you are reading this interview on a smartphone. Portability is essential for almost every company nowadays. Just think about it and consider a mobile-first approach when launching your next business or digitizing an existing one.