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We got another Split Founder to share his entrepreneurial (and other) insight with us. This time Ante Dagelić is the entrepreneur you get to meet or know a bit better.
According to his own words, Ante is a programmer whose life path turned him into an entrepreneur. He likes simple and logical solutions to complicated problems, snowboarding, and good company.
Ante also never thought about becoming anything else because, ever since elementary school, the plan was always to work in anything related to technology and computer science.
When we asked him to describe where he works in a few words, this is what he had to say: “GetByBus is an IT system and a sales platform for passenger transport that operates worldwide and serves over 20 million users.”
Now that we covered the basics, let’s hear more about Ante’s business path, GetByBus and its team, as well as the tech community here in Split.
“By the self-sustainability of all that I’m involved in. I like when any venture can function without much need for interventions, either in the technical sense or in terms of teams.”
“Basically, every day is different. However, it all comes down to project meetings, various analyses, planning, solving technical problems, setting up strategies, etc. There is no specific work to be done, but a lot of everything.”
“I spend time with my family and friends, exercise, and do some other things unrelated to GetByBus. And sometimes I add playing Dota to my schedule.” 🙂
“My knee has been “clicking” since I was twenty. In fact, I’m probably not unique in that aspect either.” 😀
“I don’t have any specific inspiration, I just love my profession, and I love when things function simply and effectively.”
“I would definitely recommend everyone to try their hand at entrepreneurship, communicate their plans with others as much as possible, as well as value criticism and ask for advice.
Split has a very good community of tech entrepreneurs, and I have yet to meet someone who was not willing to share ideas, offer insightful comments, and take their time to help you.
Surround yourself with quality people and quality partners.
It’s hard to succeed alone, and it’s even harder to deal with stress alone. Don’t focus too much on what you want to do, but on what your customers want to use.”
“The digitalization of intercity transport by buses, ferries, and private transfers has seriously begun happening in the world only in the last 10 years or so, and GetByBus positioned itself there at the right moment.
Within the Bookaway group, we cooperate with over 7000 carriers and notice continuous growth.
This industry has not yet fully moved online, and there’s still no central player like Booking.com is for accommodation. Our vision is to become just that.”
“Well, there are many interesting things, but if I had to choose one, I would say that it is the fact that we completely bootstrapped the company from Split without external investments – from the first ticket we sold to the exit to the Bookaway group.”
“I love everything about my team! From excellent individuals and experts in their fields who do their job well and don’t do it just to get it done, but with a genuine desire to make the end users satisfied, to the great and relaxed atmosphere and communication in the office.”
“I appreciate the pleasant working atmosphere, banter, communicativeness, and honesty, but primarily the passion for technology and user satisfaction.
I always repeat that, in the technical sense, everything we do is ours and stays with us – that’s why smart planning and quality setup of all things related to work is important.”
“I don’t like people who bring bad energy and a sour attitude to the work they do. Every project has its pleasant and difficult moments, it is up to us to appreciate the first and overcome the second.
Bitter people create a lump in the throat of everyone around them and have a very negative effect on both the business and the team.”
“Everything that should and could have changed – has been changed. Things can’t always be perfect, but overall I am extremely satisfied with all aspects of the company.
I honestly don’t have one specific thing right now that I would point out as a problem worthy of being the answer to this question.”
“We are most proud of the fact that we have an excellent team that has progressed in all areas of expertise since the company was founded and that we continue that progress.”
“Every product is unique in its own way. In that aspect, GetByBus is no different. I greatly appreciate companies developing products because I know how difficult the path to success is but also how great the satisfaction is in the end.”
“Morten, my partner in the company, blogged a lot about Croatia. And it turned out that there was a huge demand for information about buses, and almost no information to be found about them online.
That was the trigger for the creation of GetByBus. Split was chosen because we live here.” 😀
“In my opinion, Split is a great city to live in because of its tailored-to-people size, good weather, proximity to the sea, and relaxed people. As for the political management of the city, I am aware that there are numerous issues, but I do not feel particularly competent to comment on either the good or the bad.
One of the great advantages Split has is the strength of the local tech community, an area where, of course, Split Tech City is leading the way.
I think that additional benefits aimed at technology and entrepreneurship would be very productive for the city. Lowering taxes, encouraging entrepreneurship, and attracting more foreign skilled workers who have new knowledge would give Split the potential to become a stronger center of technology, attract investments more easily, and ultimately it would strengthen the city itself.”
“The local tech community is extremely important to everyone involved in the tech sector, be it entrepreneurs, investors, or students.
It is of utmost importance to communicate with people within the profession, share ideas, present your products or services, and open up new opportunities. This is exactly the purpose of the tech community.”
“It is difficult to say, I’m not a fortune teller.” 😀