Who are you?
My name is Paul de Rosanbo, I am a French software engineer, founder of Gadael.
Can you tell us the story of your business from idea to where you are now?
I come from a company where I spent a lot of time working in the world of HR management and more specifically on leave management software. I gained a lot of experience in this field and at the same time, as an open-source advocate, I wanted to create my own free software on github.
When I first wrestled with the complex rules that exists in France for the management of holidays, I thought that companies were having a lot of trouble to apply them, moreover I noticed that each country has different rules and it is a real nightmare for companies with offices in several countries.
Like all my generation, I am pro-europe and favorable to border abolition with regards to work. So I have tried to create software that can manage the rules of each country in a unified way.
I started the Gadael project in 2014, the development of web applications is my job for 15 years now, I did this in my free time. In January 2017 I launched gadael.com which is the SaaS version of my open-source software. Now I’m learning marketing!
What has been your biggest failure or struggle?
My biggest mistake was probably to promote the SaaS offer too soon without having made a marketing strategy on the software itself beforehand. For free software, I now think it’s better to make it “pushed” by a community of users, this can help a lot when launching a SaaS offer.
And what has been your biggest achievement or success?
My biggest pride is to have been able to complete such a large development project without external investments, only on my free time and without compromising on quality or functionalities.
What’s your must read business book?
I have not yet read a book about it but I read a lot of articles, the one I would like to recommend is The Epic Guide to Bootstrapping a SaaS Startup from Scratch by Clifford Oravec.
Who’s your most inspirational CEO or founder?
Here I would like to name Ladar Levison for his work on privacy and his exemplary behavior in the snowden case. He is the founder of lavabit and a contributor to the open-source community.
And can you tell us something weird or interesting about yourself?
I love woodworking in my free time!