Piotr Kulczycki, CEO of Photler
Who are you?
I’m Piotr Kulczycki. My world goes around two main things: exploring the globe – as a travel photographer and developing my business – as the CEO in an interactive agency in Poland. Since recently, I’m also the CEO in my first startup – Photler, which enabled me to combine my big passions – travels & photography – all together.
Can you tell us the story of your business from idea to where you are now?
As a travel photographer I’ve been to almost 100 countries and therefore, I had lots of GB of photos I wanted to share. That’s why, 10 years ago I decided to create my online portfolio. Over time it got recognition not only around travel photographers, but also web designers.
Shortly, I was asked about a possibility to design more portfolio websites like my own. That’s how I decided to compound it all and create an universal tool dedicated especially to photography and travel. I aimed to give a creator that one can use to built its professional website without coding skills. That’s how Photler was born.
During the creating process I asked about feedback from the professional travel photographers I met over the years. By contrasting my view with theirs I managed to improve my tool to make it meet the market’s needs.
Today, Photler gathers people keen on photography – both professionals and non-professionals, but what’s the most important – it’s a growing active community.
What has been your biggest failure or struggle?
The biggest struggle has been to reach the right people as using a creator like Photler takes some time. User has to make up his mind that it’s about time to put his photos to the world, showcase his passion and invest in himself. However, because of it he gets a flexibility in personalizing his photo website and use it as a social or a business tool.
And what has been your biggest achievement or success?
Very recently – being launched on Product Hunt as it enabled me to introduce Photler to the new community targeted especially on start-ups. Those people assessed Photler from a different perspective that its definitely profitable to its development.
What’s your must read business book?
‘The Lean Startup’ written by Eric Ries. It’s the first book I read when I started creating my own project. It gave me the basic recognition on the startup scene, its concept and what’s the most important – a drive to introduce to the world a tool I knew was missing in a travel photography industry.
Who’s your most inspirational CEO or founder?
Globally speaking, Patrick Collison from Stripe – for his determination and unconditional ingenuity. And from Poland – Michał Sadowski for promoting Polish startups internationally as well as for being a successful, humble and classy person.
And can you tell us something weird or interesting about yourself?
I’m extremely addicted… to travels – the more I see, the more I want to explore. The best food I’ve eaten in Myanmar, the weirdest wander I’ve had in Nepal and the most breathtaking sunrise I’ve seen in Iceland. I believe travelling is mind-opening and we should share it however we can.