Cofounder of Themesberg
Who Are You?
My name is Szőgyényi Zoltán, I am from Timișoara, western Romania. I am the CEO and Co-founder of Themesberg, a company that builds professional website themes, templates, and UI kits for web developers and software companies. Since our debut a year ago we have impacted almost 5000 developers and companies with our free and premium products.
Before going any further, I must mention Robert Tanislav who is the co-founder and without him, Themesberg wouldn’t exist.
What’s the Story of Your Business?
We started Themesberg with a friend from university almost two years ago. The problem that we noticed is that although the theme market is huge and very saturated, there are actually very few companies that build high-quality products. Both Robert (the co-founder) and I are passionate about beautiful and functional web interfaces so we thought getting into this industry would be a good fit since we always wanted to grow an online business.
The interesting thing is that Themesberg has been built 90% remotely since Robert has been living in Italy and me in Romania. The Coronavirus crisis has not affected us all that much in this regard.
The validation of the business started to come up gradually as we started selling more and more premium themes and growing the general interest and traffic towards our website. Currently, we have almost $3k/month revenue only from Themesberg with an average increase of 25% every month as we launch new products, blog posts, tutorials, and open-source projects.
What Has Been Your Biggest Struggle?
I believe our biggest struggle has been finding sustainable ways to grow the website visits and general engagement. From the get-go, we were focusing on strong branding which has helped us retain recurrent users and clients, however, we always lookout for new ways to expand our audience.
What Has Been Your Greatest Achievement?
Our greatest achievement by far is the level of satisfaction and value we bring to the web developers and software companies who decide to use our website themes, templates, and UI kits from Themesberg. We’re always happy to talk with clients who have been using some of our products for over one year and they are letting us know that they are still satisfied with what they purchased and would return to Themesberg once again!
Other than that, we’ve had multiple projects trending on GitHub, HackerNews, Reddit, and Product Hunt. These short term successes allowed us to gain some more exposure and spikes in traffic and sales.
Where Do You See Yourself and Your Business in 5 Years
Our target is to become the highest quality and largest theme store in the world, surpassing well-established businesses, such as ThemeForest, TemplateMonster, and many others. We know this will not come easy, however, we will not give up until we reach this goal. And maybe only then we will think about an exit strategy.
What Do You Wish You’d Known Before You Started?
Can’t think of anything now. Obviously we learned a whole lot about building projects, marketing, SEO, and so on. However, we’re always in a state of learning and that is also something that defined Themesberg. That it is always evolving.
Finally, Tell Us Something Interesting About Yourself?
I don’t know what’s considered interesting or weird, haha. I’m a pretty sociable guy who likes drinking coffee, playing on the guitar, hanging out with friends and building awesome stuff for the web.