What is your perception of life in a war zone? Most of us can’t imagine what it is like to work in conditions where air raid sirens are normal. We interview Roman Kuzub with Default Agency on his team, their work, and life in a warzone.
What you will learn
- Roman Kuzub is the CEO of Default Value and Agency located in Ukraine. He is passionate about making things work easier and saving people time for something.
- Roman: I wanted to mention the team because I was surprised by their behavior because five percent of people refused to move the whole company somewhere safer places.
- Roman: The whole team decided to stay in Chica, and started working remotely when we didn’t have enough experience with this. They did a great job, and saved the workload, so I wanted to.
- Roman says that his team has come together and that the war has become normal for them. However, he did several rides to Kiev to live. Roman: We stay here because we have relatives, we have families, and we want to be closer to them because each day can bring any anything actually. But we don’t feel like it’s a huge problem with our physical situation, it’s more about our mental state.
- Roman: I’m proud of my clients because nobody did run from us or something, moved the project outside. And actually I got spammed with the different proposals to, to help the army. Brent: Europe and the US have been united in supporting Ukraine, and I think you’re gonna come out stronger at the end of this. Roman: I almost don’t remember the march, but I know that I filmed 10 to 12 different videos for my team and customers. Roman: I was struggling to gather the team because they were spread on different places, but that’s my job to do that. For me personally, the challenge is always about being positive. Roman: It was extra hard at least first half of the year, but hopefully family helped the team, my closest teammates who helped me to do this and Okay, we are still functioning. We have an office right now, but most of the team works remotely.
- Roman: It was started beforehand because we had the covid things before, but now it’s even more still when we are asking the peop people if we should move to a fully remote company. Roman: The roots of magenta are here in Ukraine and in be Russia, as far as I remember. We have guys who were working in a core team development, the magenta one, like 15 years ago, and they still here.
- Roman: The second part is more about the attitude to work and the being honest with the clients. You should trust your partner to do this, and when they’re bombing outside, you understand that those guys are serious. Roman: That’s about something that work should be done, and here we have those attitude in. We can work with businesses in Europe and USA be because when we are talking about something, we are serious about it. Roman: We do end to end development and help businesses to grow not only by delivering the projects.
- Roman: Our company is built by two really cool developers, and we still like mentioning the family type company when we communicate freely, when there are no such a huge ER here or very tough processes and so on. Roman: We are doing clear communication, even when we are a fuck up, fucked up, sorry. That’s something that really stand us about, and it makes it difficult to find the managers who can do this.
- Brent: Even if the project manager doesn’t say no, something has to come out when this is all done, and the end result is a decline.
- Roman: I can see that day. I want to build an international company; I want to visit different places. Roman: I want to stay here, and I definitely want to help my country to succeed. I understand that most of the people watching this podcast are not from Ukraine, so please push your politics to support Ukraine, and don’t get tired, because the war is not over.
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