My guest this week is Jon Edvald who is the CEO and co-founder of garden.io, makers of an open-source Kubernetes development and testing platform. During his 12+ years in software development, Jon has held engineering leadership roles with Clue and QuizUp, and was co-founder and CTO at CLARA (acquired by Jive Software). In this episode, he talks about his journey from being a technical leader to entrepreneur, his views on software development, and advice on how he raised his first million dollars.
- [0:50] - What does Garden.io do?
- [2:16] - How did you go from being technical to becoming an entrepreneur
- [3:45] - How do you balance your desire to be technical with the other aspects of running a business?
- [5:47] - How has software development changed since you started?
- [8:30] - When does it make sense to have an open source offering?
- [14:00] - Is selling to devops different in US vs Europe?
- [15:11] - How did you determine the pricing for your commercial offering?
- [17:03] - How did you raise your first million dollars?
- [19:18] - How did you determine focus in your early stages and what were some of the mistakes made?
- [22:13] - Where do you go for mentorship and advice?
- [23:47] - Challenges and strategies that have worked for you in the current pandemic in terms of growing your business
- [27:04] - Tell us about the latest Garden commercial offering you just launched
What is The European Startup Show?
To inspire technology entrepreneurs in Europe with stories and practical strategies from other successful entrepreneurs.
If you are a CEO, founder, or work in sales or marketing, and your company is based in Europe or is looking to expand into Europe, then this podcast is for you.