Technical co-founder for an early stage startup
My name is Filip Slatinac and I co-founded Noibu. Being a full-time student and running a startup full time is not something I envisioned myself doing in my fourth year studying software engineering at UOttawa, but here I am.
My first exposure to entrepreneurship came at a very young age. I started by waiting in line to buy the latest shoes with the intention of flipping them online hours later. I started to scale that business once I realized that I could pay people to wait with me for the shoes. I began to contract out this task on taskrabbit and making a substantial profit. I started to venture into technology once I was in my first year, I began building a series of apps. I posted a lot of those apps online, got some downloads and made a bit of pocket money. For me, the biggest lesson I learned was the ability to dream up an idea and bring it to life.
This brings me to last summer as I was in the Startup Garage program working on a different project where Noibu came to life. I met my current co-founders and felt I finally had the team that could execute a strategy, now all we were missing was some funding and clients. At Noibu we’re on a mission to empower e-commerce managers & directors to catch all mission critical errors before their clients. Have you ever tried to checkout unsuccessfully on a website? Yep, you’re not alone. Surprisingly (even to us) these types of errors still occur… and they occur way more often than you’d think. These errors are not only annoying for the end user, but they cost retailers millions a year in lost sales. We’re on a mission to ensure those errors get caught before they have a chance to ruin a customers day.
We are extremely grateful to UOttawa, Invest Ottawa and the RBC Uottawa CO-OP Entrepreneurship Program and all the other local organizations that have empowered us with mentorship and funding to be able to chase our dreams.
This program gave me the opportunity to not only gain valuable experience via a co-op but it also allowed me to excel within Noibu and give it my undivided attention. I am very grateful to RBC and the program as I intent to work full-time on Noibu after graduation and this has really solidified that for me. I have been able to dedicate all of my time to this to ensure we are building a business that solves a real problem.
I encouraged anyone who is interested in entrepreneurship to take advantage of this opportunity as it will give you the infrastructure and funding to succeed.