Meet Ivan, Co-Founder of Codeanywhere

Co-founder Ivan

Codeanywhere is a company that was founded on ideals of collaboration, and using technology to its highest potential. It is an innovative collaboration platform for developers, with a development team based in Croatia and users all over the world.

Features of the platform include sharing capability so you can get help from a colleague, open your code base to a group, or simply show your latest code to friends at a hackathon. It’s like Google Docs for coding, with a design that is elegant, customizable, and just as easy to navigate.

They aim to be your new go-to development environment. The main goal from the beginning was to make development easier and more accessible rather than having to download and install things before you start. You can easily setup your own customized development environment for your next project in Javascript, PHP, HTML, or 72 other languages or use pre-made development environments to focus on coding your next masterpiece.

Co-founders Ivan Burazin and Vedran Jukić came up with the idea back when the technology to create it didn’t fully exist, so about two years ago they left their jobs and started developing it full time.

As for the jobs they left behind, Ivan had an IT consulting company in Croatia. Vedran was the CIO of a bank that Ivan’s consulting company worked with, and the rest is history. They pair actually attended high school together, but didn’t know each other very well then.

According to Ivan, “[Vedran] came up with the idea and presented it to me, and I was reading Tech Crunch and looking at a bunch of other startups at the time, so I thought this was a great idea that could do very well.”

When Ivan and Vedran started going after creating Codeanywhere, they relied on startup conferences around the area in order to gain a better understanding of to how run a startup. After that they decided to organize and host their own startup conference, Shift, which includes “5 days of inspiration, networking, and awesomeness” and is the largest startup event in South-East Europe. It is hosted during the summer at a 1700-year-old city located on the Adriatic coast, in what was once an ancient Roman palace.

Ivan’s background in technology began long before starting Codeanywhere. He has a BA in technology from a university in Croatia, but learned a lot on his own and was a freelance designer way before that. His ventures include starting various companies and getting a job as a systems administrator right out of school and becoming the head of IT a year later.

When asked about computer science education and the best way to learn code, Ivan said, “The ones that are actually good at programming, they’re actually all very self-taught. People learn it in school, but I think you have to do it on your own as well. It may be completely subjective but it seems that the people who are self-taught are the best.”

That is, in fact, the way he learned to code.

“I wanted to do design first. I was doing this freelance design work in high school, and I sort of wanted to do a webpage, then I landed a big local website here, and I taught myself. I didn’t sleep for like two months.”

He commented on how the amount of information available online provides a vast resource for anyone willing to put their nose to the grind and learn. “Even back then there was Google.”

Ivan also sees coding as an important factor in the workplace and beyond. “I definitely think the way the world is growing, people will learn to code as some point as a second or a third language, as the world is becoming more technological. People enjoy trying to figure out how the way the world works and why things are the way they are. There are so many things you can do with [coding].

Some schools are even getting more advanced in their teaching of technology as early as middle school. Learning code happens alongside learning to speak and read and develop other areas of education. Ivan sees this as in interesting approach to tech education, and good because it gets the young into that mindset.

When asked if he would do anything differently regarding his own education, Ivan said he wouldn’t get a different degree, but he might do some other things differently. “To be honest, I would have just started my own company earlier rather than starting to get a job. You can practically change the world with Google and sheer will. I feel like I lost a couple years working for someone else, but on the other hand you learn things you wouldn’t have otherwise.”

Codeanywhere fits nicely into the conversation about the best ways to teach code. The company’s main customers are individuals and small teams within companies who have their own software. So it’s the perfect platform to work on your own projects or develop products as a company.

Ivan understands how valuable ease and accessibility can be when tackling a big project. “When I was learning code, code anywhere is a product I wish I had.”

TL;DR // Quickfacts

What do you like to do in your free time?

I love traveling, not just for work but spare-time traveling. Favorite places I’ve visited: Spain and France. Favorite big city: Paris. Favorite small town:

When you were younger, what did you want to be when you grew up?

When I was a kid I wanted to make video games, that was definitely it.

If you could order any food and have it in front of you right now what would it be?

Cannolis. I have no place to get them outside of Italy unfortunately.

You get to have afternoon tea with whomever you please! Who is it?

Elon Musk

Who would play you in a movie about your life?

I guess Jason Statham, because of our hair, or lack thereof

What’s something you’re excited about right now?

We at Codeanywhere have a vision of how to fundamentally make development easier for everyone. And now we really have something that will change the way people learn code that will come into play in the next two quarters. That’s all I can say for now…


Originally published at blog.lendlayer.com on January 23, 2015.