Interview with Filip Molcan (MOREDAYS)
MOREDAYS helps organise your life and save your memories in a fun and simple way.
I interviewed Filip Molcan, MOREDAYS founder to find out more. This interview is the hundred and sixth in a series of DW interviews. Big thank you to Filip for the interview!
How would you describe MOREDAYS in under 50 words?
We believe that people are bored will all of today’s applications and will use only something that they enjoy. So Moredays is a productivity tool based on using pictures and stamps to organize your life. Using a productivity tool can be fun.
What made you decide to start working on MOREDAYS?
I have always been very interested in all productivity tools and methods like GTD, 7Habbits etc. but there was no productivity tool that I’d use and no methodology I’d be able to use effectively. So we decided to make something different. Something that anybody can use without reading a book and something that’s easy and fun to use.
How did you come up with the name?
No science behind it. I created a mind map with words corresponding with our product. And then I looked for combinations that could be used and if the .com was free.
Who is the team behind MOREDAYS?
I was working for 10 years in my first company blue.point which creates web-based applications for clients and also supports handicapped people. More than 60% of all blue.point employees are handicapped developers. So I love to connect business with helping people. That’s also the reason why I started Moredays – we want to help people live better lives.
And we have a great creative designer Daniel Maslo, great lead developer Stanislav Musil and also other designers and developers in our team. We’re all young guys who loves to work on something great.
What technologies have you used to build MOREDAYS?
We have our web application running on Google App Engine and we’re working on our mobile apps for iOS, Android and Windows Phone. We use different technologies for different platforms because we believe that people love the user experience that you can only get from native apps.
What was technically the most challenging part of developing MOREDAYS?
Synchronizing everything between all the devices and systems.
How long did it take to put together MOREDAYS?
We’ve started about a year ago.
Who do you see as your target audience?
All young active people who like gadgets, using their mobile devices and appreciate great design. We have a lot of girls and women using Moredays.
Any plans for iPhone and iPad applications?
Our iPad app is available in the App Store for free and our iPhone app will be released in a couple of days. So we’re just starting our journey…
What do you wish you’d have known 5 years ago that you know now? Where do you see MOREDAYS in 5 years time?
In the last 2 years I’ve spent a lot of time in Silicon Valley’s ecosystem. I wish I’d had this opportunity earlier.
I’d love to see hundreds of thousands of happy Moredays users in the next few years. I’d love to see people finally have something that fits their needs for a productivity tool.
Has MOREDAYS got the feedback and growth you expected since beta launch?
Yes, definitely. We have a lot of early adopters and a lot of happy users and beta-testers. But the most important part of our growth will come in the next few weeks when our mobile apps will be out and ready. People cannot use a productivity tool without having it in a mobile phone or tablet. So, we’ll see in a few weeks or months…
How will MOREDAYS generate revenue?
We’ll introduce a premium model this year with some great features and also, you’ll be able to buy content in our app – stamps, pictures, photos and even new features.
Who would you say is your biggest competitor?
We have a lot of competitors. All the todo-lists apps and time management tools. But there is not so much all-in-one apps with good design and there is nobody using pictures and stamps to help you organize your life.
What does a typical day in your calendar look like?
What is the biggest hurdle you, personally, have faced or are still facing?
It’s very hard to find really great people to join your team. That’s the biggest hurdle for all the 10 years I’ve been an entrepreneur.
You founded several successful organizations and companies like OSS Alliance, NikonClub, blue.point Solutions and others. What one piece of advice would you give to startup founders?
Don’t talk about what would you’d like to do. Do it. Some ideas will fail, some of them will be successful, but you’ll gain a lot of experiences with every attempt.
You’re a keen photographer. Do you get much time to indulge your passion?
I live in really beautiful region in the middle of breath taking national park, so I can take photos on my way to the city, it’s not so hard :-). And when I travel, I enjoy taking some street shots with my Leica camera.
What are you most excited about at the moment?
I have a great family at home and a job I love. That’s all you need to have to be happy.
Can you convince the reader to start using MOREDAYS in under 50 words?
Throw out all your books about productivity. There are only a few people who can use methods like GTD effectively. If you are one of them, you’re lucky. If not, try to use something that you’ll enjoy using. Organize your life in style.
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