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Interview with Churchill Madyavanhu

Churchill Madyavanhu, co-founder of Galilea3 opens up to GeekyCorner and shares with us the benefits of their multilingual service exchange platform, how it all started, and what makes Galilea3 unique.

You recently founded Galilea3, what's your background and have you always been involved in web development?

Both co-founders of Galilea3 have a technical background, as holders of a master’s degree in technical fields. I, on the other hand, hold a master's degree in Civil Engineering and have a day job as a Math and ICT teacher! However, I've always had a passion for technology; playing with computers, operating systems and web development since the early 90s. There were times when I was crazy about Linux, CMS, networking, server administration, PHP, MySQL, etc. In fact, I founded Galilea3 for people just like me - People who are passionate in and extremely good at what they do, but find that they can only do it on the side.

Can you explain in a few words the idea behind this hosted micro-jobs marketplace and how it all started?

It all started when we tried to get some projects done by outsourcing through some big freelancing platforms. Our greatest problem was poor customer service. We went ahead to conduct some online research, finding out that a lot of people were unhappy with the same experiences we'd had. It was time to do things differently and we believed we could be that change. 

Can you convince anyone to sign up and start using Galilea3 in less than 50 words?

Do you freelance? Looking for a stress-free and bigger market for your services? Galiea3 offers a deal like no other! Run in 7 major languages and with the best customer service you can find, Galilea3 is your stepping stone to better services and greater clientèle! Visit and sign up, TODAY!

What differentiates Galilea3 from other similar platforms on the market?

Great customer service coupled with our a multi-lingual approach, is what differentiates Galilea3 from other platforms on the market. We also run a transparent system based on trust between us and our buyers and sellers. Galilea3 makes sure you get paid right after your work is approved, and helps both sellers and buyers to solve any issues that arise. Now, that's customer support right there!

Has Galilea3 got the feedback and growth you expected since its launch?

We are still in the closed-beta stage, collecting feedback from a limited number of users to make sure that when we launch, there will be as few glitches as possible - Quality service comes first with Galiea3.  We’ve, however, had a lot of registrations from people all over the world from the time we created our landing page and we do hope to get many more before we launch. 

What strategies do you use to market your platform and get people to sign up?

We are mainly concerned with marketing on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Google+, etc. as well as by getting organic traffic via search engine optimization strategies such as content marketing, guest blogging, etc. We are also doing a bit of offline marketing at colleges and universities. 

What's the biggest hurdle you had to overcome as a company?

The biggest hurdle we had to overcome was putting together a team to get the project off the ground. Since we are a multilingual platform, we needed a multinational team, which took some time to build.

If you were to start again, what might you do differently?

If we were to start all over, the one thing we would do differently is start blogging and building an email list as early as possible. Not only would this get our brand out there, but we would gain the experience and skills required to do the same at launch time. Launching time is not the best time to start learning new skills, validating ideas or experimenting if one wants to hit the ground running. 

What is the best advice you have ever been given?

The best advice I have been given is that, you need to validate ideas and get paying customers as early as possible because until that day arrives, a startup is just a hobby. 

Can you describe the team behind Galilea3 in a few sentences?

Galilea3 has a multinational team of developers, language experts and experienced business people, both young and mature. This provides for all our potential clients not only because our team can relate culturally and linguistically, but also because we bring in rich and diverse ideas and expertise. 

What is the coolest feature of Galilea3 in your opinion?

In my opinion the coolest feature of Galilea3 is its accessibility to a large part of the online community of service providers and buyers. We are literally bringing together people from all continents of the world!

What are you most excited about at the moment?

We are very excited about the ability to communicate with our pre-launch subscribers. This is making it possible for us to validate our ideas as well as find out from real users what their expectations are from a platform like the one we are building. Everything is more interesting and practical when you are talking to real people instead of just sitting and guessing what it is that users would like to have.


Review Author: Irina Georgieva

About the Author

- Irina currently works as a Chief Editor for GeekyCorner after having previously worked over 10 years in IT and Marketing across a number of industries, including mortgage, electronics, and software. She enjoys spending time with her family and is an avid fan of salsa.
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