Interview with Veselin Stoilov (Brolmo)
Brolmo is an online provider of free remotely-hosted applications built specifically for non-technical users.
I interviewed Veselin Stoilov, Brolmo founder to find out more. This interview is the hundred and twelfth in a series of DW interviews. Big thank you to Veselin for the interview!
How would you describe Brolmo in under 50 words?
Brolmo is an online software solution that provides users with a way to embed and manage web applications on their websites and improve website interactivity. Brolmo-remotely hosted applications can be used by web developers and designers when building a website and by users with no programming experience or knowledge.
Describe yourself in one sentence.
Entrepreneur, who will never stop looking for new opportunities.
Tell us about Brolmo’s web applications. Which one is the most popular?
There are 4 different web applications that we have at brolmo.com – Event Calendar, Poll, Availability Calendar and GuestBook. Event Calendar application was the first one we did a long time ago and it’s the most popular one at the moment. GuestBook is our latest web application and has quickly gotten more and more subscribers. We aim to build easy to use web applications which everyone can use and that’s the main reason why our apps quickly become popular. In the next few weeks we will add a Contact Form Builder!
You’re CEO of StivaSoft, a web design and web development company, that built Brolmo. What’s your background? What led you to startup StivaSoft 7 years ago?
In 2002, I earned a Bachelor Degree in Information Technology from the University of Economics, Varna. I then decided to devote myself completely to freelance work. I developed a number of web applications and programs which resulted in my own company, now operating worldwide.
Leveraging my experience as a web programmer, I teamed up with two graduate school buddies — Sasho Valkanov and Kosta Todorov — to launch a small website called PHPJabbers.com. Our initial offering consisted of a few “off-the-shelf” web applications. Through intense efforts, PHPJabbers was thus transformed into a huge resource for webmasters, and StivaSoft Ltd was established in 2009. Since then, our team has grown from the three friends to over 20 professionals in three offices on two continents. As of today, we have over 18,000 clients around the world.
What made you decide to build Brolmo web applications?
We’d been building and selling website tools for many years before we decided to create the brolmo.com website. During those years we learnt that many people want something which does not require any programming knowledge nor takes time to set up. With brolmo.com we’ve managed to do just that – you can have a web app on your website in less than 3 minutes.
Do you have any new web applications in the pipeline?
We will never stop developing new products and solutions to improve the way web users (no matter if they are web developers or small business owners) handle their daily tasks and business in the online world. We are currently working on several new projects and initiatives, including:
GetAFeedback.com, planned as an online service that will provide companies and brands with easy self-hosted software solutions to collect clients’ opinion, gather customer ideas and suggestions in order to improve quality and increase customers’ satisfaction. Release date: early 2013.
GetASupport.com, an online service that will provide companies with easy self-hosted software solutions to provide support – knowledgebase software, ticket based support system, online chat. Release date: mid 2013.
Swopee.com, the only place online that will allow professionals to barter and trade services and web projects. Swopee is all about exchanging abilities and helping freelancers to get the job done by someone else in exchange of something they can do. Release date: early 2013.
Has each Brolmo web application got the feedback and growth you expected since launch?
I doubt I will ever say that something met my expectations. We are in a business where everything changes fast. We plan something and within 6 months we realize that potential is bigger so we change our plans. Then we plan again and do more. Fortunately, so far everything we’ve been doing with brolmo.com and all our other products and services helps us grow!
What’s currently your favourite app?
The one that we’ve not built yet. We are full of ideas – almost every week we come up with an idea for an application which makes us excited and passionate about having it made.
Who helped you get to where you are today?
All the people I work with. No matter how many ideas you have, how passionate you are or how much knowledge you have, without the right people next to you there is no way you can succeed.
What one piece of advice would you give to other young startup founders?
Get the right people on board from the very beginning. Then work hard and never give up.
What are you most excited about at the moment?
It’s the Swopee.com project. Bartering and trading can be a great way to get certain jobs done without having to pay for it and we are sure that Swoppee.com will help web developers optimise their work and build customer relationships.
Can you convince the reader to start using Brolmo web applications in under 50 words?
Try it for free! You have nothing to lose! Add more interactivity and new attractive features to your website. I am sure, your website visitors will appreciate it!
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