Interview with the director
Alexey Kazbaev — one of the founders of LTD «Macte» company working under Macte! Labs brand name.
- More than 10 years of working on international custom software development maket;
- Master degree in mathematics (Applied Mathematics and Computer Science Faculty of Novosibirsk State Technical University);
- Interpreter qualification (Foreign Languages Department of Novosibirsk State Technical University).
Speaks Russian, English and Turkish languages. Started his career as Junior Software Developer and grown up to Software Development Team Leader, Software Architect and Chief Technical Officer. Worked with well-known companies as Skype, Mail.Ru, Webmoney and others.
— Why Macte!Labs? Why «laboratory»? What is the difference between a studio, a company and a laboratory?
Since the first day of our work, we were trying to find tasks that are «impossible» to implement. Tasks that other teams failed to do, tasks that no one wants to deal with.
There is nothing impossible in the world of the computer software. Any idea can be brought into life. The only things that you need to do this are a good team, an experience and a quick mind.
So while choosing the name for our company, we stopped on the «laboratory». Comparing with «studios» or «companies», the «laboratory» doesn’t create template solutions. The laboratory can research the field and find the required solution that fits into the appropriate budget.
— Tell about your largest success? And fail?
Sometimes big success turns into the dramatic failure. But to say the truth, we had never had any «negative failures». But we learned a lot of life and project experience.
One of the our first projects was the platform for Safari browser extensions development. The first release of this platform was launched in 2008. It was the same year when Apple company stated that Safari web browser will never support browser extensions and it is the part of their marketing strategy. We were really happy! No one had a reliable platform for extending Safari web browser functionality, even Apple itself. Our technologies caused a great interest on the market. Even big companies started sending their inquiries to us, as they wished to deliver their services to Mac OS users as well.
Our happiness didn’t last for a long time. The interest of big market players couldn’t stay unnoticed. No longer than in a year Steve Jobs presented a new Mac OS version with updated Safari web browser that has built-in extension support onboard.
Was it a failure? Not at all. Our platform survived for couple more years as it was more flexible and advanced than native plugin support! During that time we reworked our platform to make it cross-browser (it started supporting multiple browsers including Safari) — is that a win or fail now? That’s the win.
— Who works in your laboratory? Where do you find your «laboratory researchers»?
Our laboratory has the best researchers in our country. I am not joking! Our office is located in the heart of Russia, in one of Siberian cities, in Novosibirsk. It is the cradle of talented IT staff. Novosibirsk State University (NSU), Novosibirsk State Technical University (NSTU) — these two universities release professionals working in world’s biggest companies.
We work with the graduate specialists from these universities.
— Is your laboratory unique?
There are not much companies which love and care about their products and their employees. We do. We are the big team and the family. We work for the success of our employees and our company. We love difficulties and hard tasks… I think we are really unique!
— Who works with your laboratory?
We work with people and companies from all over the world. These are big companies having their own software development departments, as well as individual startuppers. They have one thing in common: they are looking for a help in technical implementation of their ideas. We help these people to bring their ideas into life, effectively and with minimal efforts.
— What are your plans for the future?
We already have professionals of different kinds aboard: browser extension developers, mobile and desktop software developers, high load server system developers, designers… We grow day to day and extend the field of tasks that we can solve. In future we wish to have a larger team that will cover all modern software development trends. We wish our name to be known not only to specialists and startuppers, but also to be well known around the world.