By @SimonCocking

Gecko @Geckodocs Gecko is a new programme management solution to give Senior Managers the Big Picture across all projects & client engagements.

Describe the company – the elevator pitch….

Gecko enables users to manage a large portfolio of projects from one central dashboard.

It is specifically aimed at Professional Service companies – to make it easy for their senior managers to manage and monitor a programme of client engagements in real-time.

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How are you different?

We have lived our client’s pain!

In 2011 I set up a hedge fund consultancy in London and the biggest challenge we faced was trying to manage 20+ competing client projects at once.

Many were at different stages of development, with constantly changing client requirements, budgets and taking place simultaneously in different locations worldwide.

It was extremely difficult to have a clear, accurate view of how all our projects was performing in real-time (e.g. progress to date, resourcing, and financial return).

We needed a “bird’s eye view” across all our projects. After searching for suitable software in the market for 6 months we gave up and decided to build Gecko.

Why will the company / product do well?

The majority of professional services companies are using spreadsheets to manage their projects. This is neither efficient, reportable nor scalable.

Existing solutions don’t solve this problem. We tried to use a bunch of different project management software but the problem is that they are all built for project managers – the market needs a solution for managing project managers!

Gecko fills this role. It is built specifically to address the challenges of multi-project management and to provide senior management with the real-time overview they need, across a large number of different client engagements. We’ve integrated the product directly with both Google Docs and Microsoft Office, so users can access all their project documents from our dashboard.

Where are you based?

We are headquartered in the Dundalk – at the Regional Development Centre in Dundalk Institute of Technology (where the broadband is fantastic). We also have an office off Merrion Square in Dublin and a representative on the ground in London.

We plan to grow the company both in Ireland and internationally but will remain headquartered in Dundalk. There is a great start-up community here and large FinTech players like PayPal and First Derivatives in Newry have a large and growing presence, while the Dundalk Institute of Technology does great work with the local technology community.

When was the company launched?

We began working on the first prototype in March 2014. The full enterprise version of the software was completed in Quarter 1 2015. We are currently finalising our US Patent application and on boarding our first set of enterprise clients.

What have been your biggest wins to date?

When Grant Thornton told us they wanted to use the product we knew we were onto something.

Also winning a place on Enterprise Ireland’s “Access Silicon Valley” programme was fantastic. The programme was an amazing experience and we have just returned from our second trip to San Francisco. The contacts and mentoring provided were invaluable in terms of building up a network of potential clients, investors and partners on the ground in Silicon Valley.

What type of people (market segment) are you trying to attract to your product?

Initially we are targeting the Professional Services industry – particularly advisories and consultancies in financial services and technology. We are currently working with a number of the largest professional services companies in Ireland, the US and globally.

Gecko is a very flexible product so medium term we plan on targeting the solution to auditors, insurance companies and IT businesses.

Tell us about your team?

There are 4 of us working on Gecko at the moment and we are a health mix of domain experience, technology and business development. Mark is our CTO and has over 15 years’ experience as a developer with a wide range of large companies and start-ups. Nick and Sean have managed large projects for many years and are working on business strategy and customer development. I spent 15 years in hedge funds and then had my own asset management consultancy before founding Gecko.

We will be looking to expand the team over the next few months, particularly around marketing and business development.

What are you long term plans for your product / company?

Long term we plan to build a global business headquartered in Ireland but with clients and offices in the key American, European and Asian markets. I am just back from a global trip to Hong Kong, Sydney and San Francisco to agree implementation models and local partners to help us rollout the product in these markets.

Longer term we will offer Gecko to any company globally that struggles with managing large numbers of simultaneous projects. To date we have bootstrapped everything and have no external investors or debt. While we have been offered a number of Angel investments we are keen to put off external funding until we have proven the product and are ready to scale quickly globally.

What are your favourite tech gadgets?

As a former consultant I hated having to take mountains of hand written notes, so I really like the new Microsoft Surface 3 and Dell Venue Pro tablets. These days I can write my notes with the stylus and have it sucked straight into Gecko. We are actually working with Dell to offer this hardware option to our clients.

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Web Summit will you guys be going this year? We read your blog post, 10 months later with hindsight how did it help, and any additional tips for newbies?

We are really looking forward to attending the Web Summit again this year – last year was a great success. We were interviewed by Pat Kenny for his Breakfast Show and Dell asked us to write a couple of Blog Posts for their official corporate blog. We got tonnes of good feedback and made some great contacts.

The crummy WiFi was great – it meant everyone had to  talk to each other – there was no hiding behind devices! My main advice for Web Summit Newbies is to talk to as many people as possible. Everyone is very friendly and approachable and it is the ideal setting to strike up a conversation.

Contact us at

Ireland Office – +353 (0) 42 937 0415
Mobile/Cell –    +353 (0) 87 115-2173

Unit 9
Regional Development Centre
Dundalk Institute of Technology
Dublin Road,
Dundalk,
Ireland


If you would like to have your company featured in the Irish Tech News Business Showcase, get in contact with us at [email protected] or @SimonCocking

 

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