Szabolcs Komjathy, Cofounder of SessionBox
Who are you?
I’m Szabolcs Komjathy, co-founder of SessionBox. I’m originally a developer, lately shifting towards management at an enterprise IT company.
Can you tell us the story of your business from idea to where you are now?
With the other co-founder, Viktor, we always felt the pain when we had to start manual testing our components, especially if the feature required multiple users. For example, a team admin account sets up something for the team, and we need to check if the team members behave correctly. Originally, you need to log in – do the setting – log out – log in with other account – check, and so on. Or use multiple browsers/profiles or incognito. So, Viktor – who is always greeting interesting challenges and enthusiastically solving them – created the first version of SessionBox and pushed it into the Chrome extension store. From that time on, we no longer needed to use hacks for testing.
When he showed me the extension I also got enthusiastic and joined the project. We started brainstorming and collecting handy use-cases. It turned out to be much more that a testing tool. Now we support session synchronization across our customers’ devices, session sharing, proxy assignment to sessions and much more.
As the application started to spread, we started a company – Box Labs – and extended our offerings. Now we have 3 subscription tiers and more than 90.000 installations only on Chrome.
What has been your biggest failure or struggle?
SessionBox was started as a hobby project, without any funding or dedicated full time employees. In this sense, it’s still a hobby project – without funding and employees – but we have many users and paying customers, so we need to do this professionally. Which requires huge commitment, that starts after our regular job and takes our spare time. So the struggle here is still ongoing, and will probably be solved only after hiring our first developer.
And what has been your biggest achievement or success?
Seeing our extension as a ‘Featured’ application in Chrome store, and getting positive reviews is always very motivating and showing us that our work is really helping others to do their job. Also, solving customer issues, and connecting with our users helps a lot in developing our product. We’ve just found a totally unexpected use-case for our product through a customer support ticket, that is really promising.
What’s your must read business book?
This might come from my management career, but I find one book especially useful. It’s not business, but still important. Dale Carnegie: How to Win Friends and Influence People
Who’s your most inspirational CEO or founder?
Elon Musk. Being super successful and rich is not something unprecedented in the era of IT startups – even luck seems to be enough in many cases. But using the money to live one’s childhood dreams and changing the world definitely is.
And can you tell us something weird or interesting about yourself?
I have 2 hobbies: programming and playing the guitar. I was continuously playing in smaller bands in the last 12 years.