Startup of the Week: Statusdroid CEO Lukas Pour

Statusdroid is a Czech startup which makes an easy and simple way to monitor the functionality and security of the websites. I tried to have an interview with Lukas Pour, he is founder and CEO of Satusdroid.

Tun Tun: Firstly, can you tell me what is your background and how did you get the idea to start statusdroid?

Lukas: Prior to launching Statusdroid, we were fully focused on our IT services company, Lukapo. While providing maintenance and consultancy to our clients, it occurred to us they all faced rather similar problems with their websites. We needed to put together some sort of a checklist of everything that makes a website run smoothly and decreases the possibility of outages and other problems. Statusdroid became this checklist, so we basically launched it just for ourselves. It wasn’t until a few months later that we first thought hey, maybe we’re not the only ones to find this helpful!

Tun Tun: Statusdroid is an AI-powered website monitoring platform. What technology stack do you use?

Lukas: Statusdroid is proudly built on Python—we use Django to render Web UI,  Celery and Kombu communicate with RabbitMQ and coordinate servers all around the World. Docker and AWS are hidden in the background—they provide us with a secure way to quickly deploy of all bugfixes and improvements. We save our data to multiple database backends—we use MySQL for persistent data, Redis for the rapidly changing values and ElasticSearch to compute statistics of monitored websites.

Tun Tun: Can you explain Statusdroid’s service features?

Lukas: We started Statusdroid as a website monitoring tool. This was just fine for a while; however, we felt the urge to do more. It was nice to have something that tells you how your website is doing, but wouldn’t it be even better if it could solve some of the problems it detects? So the next step became automation, and with it came the recently launched features like pausing your AdWords and Facebook ads when your website is down or posting an update on your public status page when an outage occurs.

Tun Tun: How does PPC Ads management feature work?

Lukas: The moment Statusdroid finds out your website isn’t running like it should be, it automatically pauses all your active ads in Google AdWords and Facebook Ads, preventing you from wasting money and losing your reputation among customers. Once the problem is resolved and your website is up and running again, Statusdroid makes all the ads active again. PPC Ads is available for all users with a Pro plan. New users can give it a test drive while in their 15-day free trial.

Tun Tun: What is your future plan for Statusdroid?

Lukas: There’s a list of features we’ll be launching in the upcoming months, one of them for example will be antivirus website monitoring. From a broader perspective the goal and our ambition is to become a complex insurance for website owners and admins. We aim to help them not just know about what’s going on with their website but also solve any problem they might experience while running it.

Tun Tun: Thanks a lot, Lukas for sharing about your company.

Interview with Supernova: it can Automatically Convert Designs into Native Mobile Apps

I conducted an interview with a Prague based tech startup, Supernova. It allows to accelerate the app development workflow of mobile designers and developers.

TechList: Firstly, Can you tell me about the founders of Supernova, and their backgrounds? 

Supernova: Jiri Trecak is CEO and CTO of Supernova. He started coding as a 10 year old, developing over 70 mobile apps, games and is an avid open source contributor with few top-trending libraries.

Oskar Koristka is our COO. He has managed campaigns for the main Czech political parties. He also co-founded an endowment fund for nonprofit organizations in the Czech Republic.

Techlist: How does Supernova Work?

Supernova: Supernova is a design to code platform with the mission to accelerate the app development workflow for mobile designers and developers. Supernova Studio allows for flawless conversion of app designs into native iOS, Android and React Native code.

Studio converts Sketch designs within minutes, into native and production components such as buttons, labels, images, tables and more. That’s just the beginning, Studio employs highly advanced heuristics and analytics allowing for automatic export of assets, localizations, animations, code.. and more, without a developer.

Cloud is Supernova’s collaboration platform, where designers and developers can gather feedback directly from their teams or clients, make adjustments and repeat the process until satisfied. Contrary to other collaboration solutions, Supernova Cloud allows users to review real working apps, not prototypes, which are ready to be immediately converted to code, without compromise.

TechList: Why did you build Supernova?

Supernova: Supernova started out of personal frustration as we were tired of the repetitive and tedious tasks of front-end development. All of us have worked with mobile apps, in some capacity, so we’ve seen the possible variations of the same problems. We see Supernova as the game changer to an ever growing range of problems which plague the industry such as repetition, lack of time to truly polish apps or simply the entry level of knowledge required to get into the development (we see Supernova as a great educational tool for beginners).

The high and rising demand for developers. The only way to fulfill this demand is to add automation where it’s missing. Mobile development and the hand-off of designs to developers is a slow, tedious process and defeats innovations.

Supernova automates many of the standard developer tasks (resource export, design creation, responsive layouts) in a seamless way, fitting perfectly into the development process. Supernova produces production-ready code that can be then used to further iterate the app, saving countless hours.

TechList: What will mobile app development look like in next 10 years?

Supernova: We believe automation will be the key to app development in the next 10 years. Whether it be native apps or web apps, much of the time-consuming work will be automated. Designers and developers will focus their time and energy on creativity and innovation.