“For example, if we are looking for a Full Stack developer, at a minimum we are looking for candidates who have several years of demonstrable practical experience building SaaS solutions and who are proficient in many programming languages. However, we’re also looking for people who fit the culture well – people who are passionate and ready to work, even when the going gets tough. It can be difficult to find candidates with the right mix of technical and soft skills, but it is very rewarding to find people who find the right balance.
First of all, without going into specific industry needs, what are the overall needs of your business? I know you do a lot of training once you hire developers, but can you easily find your candidates?
“At Soffos, we are proud to have built a strong team of world-class AI developers. As a company, we are always on the lookout for ambitious and motivated developers
who can create truly innovative products – but, above all, who are also keen to support our mission and values. Needless to say, it has sometimes been difficult to find perfectly suited candidates.
“For example, if we are looking for a Full Stack developer, we are looking at a minimum of candidates who have several years of demonstrable hands-on experience building SaaS solutions and who are proficient in many programming languages. However, we are also looking for people who have a good cultural fit – people who are passionate and ready to work, even when the going gets tough. It can be difficult to find candidates with the right mix of technical and soft skills, but it is very rewarding to find people who find the right balance.
Can small businesses struggle to meet developer demands?
“It’s true that with smaller budgets, SMBs can struggle to meet developer demands, especially when you compare the financial benefits that can come from working in a larger, more established tech company. However, one of the main advantages of small businesses is the ability to offer more personalized personal benefits. Indeed, while a competitive salary is important, developers will not always be won over by financial incentives when other opportunities are offered: some may be more interested in clear career progression and the ability to learn from leaders in their field. domain, while others will want the freedom to experiment with their own projects during working hours.
“We try to address these often overlooked but equally important considerations here at Soffos.ai. For example, some of the best developers we’ve worked with are driven by the fact that their work makes a difference, which is why our projects will always remain goal-oriented and open to contributions.
“To encourage innovation and entrepreneurship, we have also recently launched a new internship program, aimed at graduate students or post-docs who wish to one day create their own disruptive startup. We provide the opportunity for people to join us in building our next-generation EdTech platform and get involved in various aspects of our business – from our product development and sales teams to liaising with our advisors across the world. board of directors and our VCs.
“It’s a solution that works for everyone: not only will our interns gain exposure to different areas of the business and put their knowledge into practice, but we will also be able to tap into invaluable information they have gained during the course. years of in-depth study. study and research. Hopefully, this partnership will allow us to be more creative when it comes to developing new solutions and helping to empower the next generation of technology leaders. “
Should the government take action to help attract more and better developers?
“In recent years, positive measures have been taken to stimulate digital innovation, in particular with the unveiling of new forms of financial support. In 2020, for example, Cyprus created the Deputy Ministry of Research, Innovation and Digital Policy to promote, guide and develop digital transformation. All is well, this will serve to inspire and facilitate the growth of new technology companies, while attracting highly skilled developers to the industry.
“However, there are still long-standing funding gaps that could serve to deter foreign skilled workers or dampen the ambition of domestic talent. Deep tech innovations in particular require long-term and sustainable funding, given their riskier and capital-intensive nature. The government must be prepared to devote more public resources to this growing industry; this would allow Cyprus to compete as a technology hub in the global market. “Most importantly, we need to create a stimulating and supportive environment where forward-thinking entrepreneurs can be sure they have the tools and support they need to start and grow a business. Support programs and government grants should be part of it, but a holistic approach should also involve creating networking and mentoring programs that will allow our innovation hub to thrive.
“After all, the profound technological revolution is already here in Cyprus – we just have to lay the framework to support it.”