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Split Tech City Members Highlight: CodeMage

Nikolina Kukoč

Nikolina Kukoč


We’re back with our #MembersHighlight spotlight! This time we shine a light on a Split Tech City community member whose greatest asset is – their team spirit and willingness to be the change.

The youthful and hardworking #SplitTechCityMember team we’re highlighting today is – CodeMage! 😀

About CodeMage as a company

CodeMage is a software development agency from Split, whose founders gained invaluable experience by volunteering with the DUMP Association, one of the local tech ecosystem builders with whom we have excellent collaboration. Aside from gaining experience, the CodeMage team also recognized bad patterns that emerge while working in big corporations, dreaming that one day they will do everything opposite in their company!

From their beginnings, they were in touch with Tomislav Vajić, the founder of the BitcoinStore platform. They gradually began to upgrade the platform and, as the volume of the work grew, they recognized a reliable client in BitcoinStore.

That is one of the reasons why they decided to turn their plan of starting a company into reality.

Krešimir Čondić, an entrepreneur and one of the co-founders of CodeMage shared the following: “The main motivation for starting the company was our desire to create quality and long-lasting digital products.”

There are currently 10 members of the CodeMage team, and all of them are focused on finding new clients as their future employment depends on the success of that search: “It’s not our idea to grow into a large corporation of 200 people, but to have a maximum of 20 people in the team.”

Working by the principle of greater freedom allows CodeMage employees to ask anything. Every topic is discussed transparently, without excessive formalities and insistence on holding meetings, conducting educational sessions, and the like:

“The most important thing for us is a job well done.”

CodeMage is primarily focused on web projects, but they are open to interesting ideas regarding other platforms.

The technologies they use in their daily work are .NET on the back end and Vue.js and React on the front end, as well as Flutter: “Although we are focused on end-to-end work when it comes to our projects because we want to be part of the project from start to finish, we are absolutely open to work on projects of any scope and relevance.

Therefore, for us, it is okay if a larger company has certain smaller projects for which they do not have the resources, but would like us to jump in as a self-contained team and do the work that is needed.”

The ideal scenario for the CodeMage team is to be a creative partner in ideas whose implementation has yet to begin: they cover all roles in the software development cycle, and product quality always comes first.

Curiosities about the CodeMage team

It is interesting to note that as many as three CodeMage members had their beginnings at the DUMP Association, where they were used to the culture of sharing knowledge and experiences: “We care about the community, we want to connect even more, and anyone is free to contact us – we will happily go for a cup of coffee and share experiences”, sums up Krešo.

Most of the team came from corporate businesses, so starting CodeMage was also the opportunity to be the change they wanted to see in the local tech scene: “We started CodeMage because we wanted to give the local IT scene something new and different. Most of us come from working in corporations, so we wanted to work in a completely opposite environment in any way imaginable.

The majority of companies have also established their foothold in the community several years ago or more, so our goal is to be the new kid on the block and bring something fresh to the market.

We are also completely ready to be an add-on for existing projects in other companies if they need help with something specific. We see this as something that should be beneficial because, in our opinion, most companies work on projects on their own.”

They also highlight that the most interesting things about CodeMage as a company are – its people. They are a small team and all of them have years of experience in the industry, as well as colorful backstories.

The CodeMage team members have also known each other for a long time and can trust each other implicitly. That is the reason why trust is one of the most important qualities for the CodeMage team:

“Especially when you have a problem and know that the other person will do everything in their power to help you out with it.”

Krešo also shared some other things that make CodeMage unique: “Our people have extensive experience, not only in day-to-day job tasks but also in education and volunteering. So it’s not surprising that we have a lot of out-of-the-box ideas and processes that stem from those parts of our lives.”

The team also has a bright outlook on Split and its future as a city: “We see it as one of the biggest IT centers in the Balkans and perhaps even further!

Despite the problems that the city has, it is still a very attractive location with a pool of good-quality engineers. Each year there are more and more foreign companies that decide to found a development center in Split which should be a good enough indicator that the city’s IT perspective is looking very good.”

A hardworking and youthful team with a bright outlook on Split’s future – what more could we ask for to wrap up this particular #MembersHighlight story?!

The only thing left to do was to wish Krešo and the rest of the CodeMage team continuous success in what they do! 😀


About author:

Nikolina Kukoč

Researching is woven into my DNA, but I am a musician at heart. Interested in too many things and always curious. Forever in love with Split and enchanted by people who teach me new things. When I am not creating content about Split's tech community, you will find me in singing rehearsals, somewhere in nature, in the theater, or with my head stuck in a book. I do my best to live by the verse from the opera "Fedora" by Umberto Giordano: "Love forbids you not to love."

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