Open source CMS at its best
Vasily Bezruchkin, CEO/ Product manager of Intelliants sits down with us at GeekyCorner to talk about eSyndiCat, one of the best directory software on the market today, Subrion, an open source content management system and other projects Intelliants is working on.
Big thank you to Vasily for the interview and for sharing their projects with us.
You are CEO/ Product manager of Intelliants that build Subrion CMS and Esyndicat. What’s your background and what led you to startup Intelliants 8 years ago?
Well, it's been about eight years since we started working on our first product. I and two of my ex-partners were working as developers for Boonex (they provide social networking software) at that time. We had a clean vision of what we wanted to achieve together and we decided to start our own company. It was an epoch of link exchange / directory scripts and the reasonable decision was to go with the own solution for that niche. That was eSyndiCat. At first, we offered a free script, but later when our customers felt they needed more features they requested us to create a premium full-featured software for them, so eSyndiCat Pro appeared. Two years later we had 5 more projects, but the team was rather small so it was difficult to go on with all of them. We offered live help software, affiliate tracking scripts, & email marketer software plus some minor projects. We decided to unite all the solutions under the same brand so we created Intelliants LLC as a company brand name.
Describe your company and products in a few sentences?
Here, at Intelliants LLC, we always try to provide the best possible service at the most affordable prices. No matter if it's free support, or a custom modification for the extra money – we do our best to satisfy ever customer. Fortunately, our geographical location allows us to do that – we are based in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic specifically. Development costs are much lower here. eSyndiCat used to be a flagship product for our company but we started Subrion CMS a few years ago and we really believe it's going to be a breath of fresh air for the whole CMS industry. Subrion is an open source content management system that's very easy to extend to no limits.
Does Intelliants have any new web applications in the pipeline?
At the moment we are focused on the open source CMS development, but Subrion is not only a CMS. It's an extremely flexible content management framework that could be a great base for generally any type of software. No matter, if it's a social networking, classifieds, directory, or even a twitter clone. Its architecture allows to adapt it for the market demands easily. Currently, we have some plans for one more script, and I'm sure it's going to be the next big thing from us. Anyhow, no details at the moment.
Can you convince the reader to start using your product/service in under 50 words?
Sure, eSyndiCat does not need any words at all. It's simply the best directory software at the moment. That's it. You only need to try it.
Subrion offers much more functionality than any other content management does and it's very easy to use and open source at the same time.
If the Internet had not existed – what do you think you would be doing?
I would be a musician I think. That's part of my life. I used to play a guitar in a band and I'm sure that's the way I would go if I didn't have internet opportunities. I still spend an hour a day playing my lovely Jackson Soloist & acoustic Ibanez
Do you have any favorite business or related books that you can recommend to other entrepreneurs?
I would recommend this one to anyone who wants to start their own business. It was rather motivating for me: Rework: Jason Fried, David Heinemeier Hansson
What is the best advice you have ever been given?
Never stop trying. Yep, I know it sounds too populistic, but it's the truth. You can't be successful if you do nothing.
If you were to start again, what might you do differently?
We would only focus on two products. We used to have a period in our company history when we had 7 products and that was a waste of time, money, and resources. I would really focus on 1-2 major products and go with them. Start with one, work on it, make it successful and then start working on other projects.
What do you consider the best opportunity / language for young web developers to be getting involved in right now?
If I were a new comer I would really go with Ruby I think. I also like nodejs, & meteor js implementation. So if I was the young guy trying to decide where to go in the world of web programming I would def go with these technologies.
PHP also offers great opportunities in spite of all wanderings about the lack of object oriented approach support, etc. Great sites use it and it's really a powerful language.
Anyhow, every day new techniques and technologies appear, so I would not pay that much attention to them. Your brain is an incredibly powerful computer itself, you only need to take the max of it.
What are you most excited about at the moment?
Definitely, I'm very excited about new 3 version of Subrion open source content management system. We've been working on it for the past year and it's a real pleasure to use the results now. It's very user friendly and we really do our best to make it that popular as its competitor WordPress & Joomla. That's going to be the fight to death. You can find more details in our devblog
About Vasily Bezruchkin