Spend enough time for a solid hiring and onboarding process

sloppy.io deploy your container apps in seconds

Please introduce yourself and your startup sloppy.io to our readers!
Hi, my name is Mike Michel, CTO and Co-Founder of sloppy.io. We are a Germany based startup which offers the easiest to use solution when it comes to hosting docker containers in the cloud. With sloppy.io it takes you just a few clicks and your application is online.

How did you get the idea to sloppy.io?
In 2014 I saw the docker technology for the first time and thought immediately: “Wow, this will be a game changer in the IT world.” I was just working on a new hosting platform with my co-founders and after a short demonstration, we made the decision to use docker for that. Our first beta received a lot of attention and very good feedback so we continued to develop new features and started a business around the platform.

How difficult was the start and what challenges you had to overcome?
We were bootstrapped from the beginning. All founders spend their private money and did quit their jobs. In the same time we had problems to explain this new technology to investors even on tech conferences. It was a bet of us that docker/containers will be big someday and we were right. Today everybody in IT knows about docker and the container technology and sloppy.io is a mature platform to host these microservices.

Who is your target audience?
Our customers are freelancers, agencies and corporates where developers want to focus on building software and don’t want to spend time configuring servers, network and storage or wait weeks for the IT department before they can deploy new apps and versions.

What is the USP of your startup?
We are the only fully managed docker hosting platform where it takes you just a few clicks to be online with your app. Every feature is designed to be as user-friendly as possible. Our servers are located in Germany which is getting more and more important for a lot of companies as they are not allowed or just don’t want to host outside of Europe.

Can you describe a typical workday of you?
After I brought my kids to school, I arrive in the office around 8:00. I check mails, user requests, the platform status and a lot of statistics. Most of the day I spend time working with the DevOps team on current sprint tickets and future ones, organize them and planning the next milestones

Where do you see yourself and your startup sloppy.io in five years?
A lot of companies then have moved to use containers/microservices for their software and a lot of them will use sloppy.io for hosting. I will still scratch my head how to make sloppy.io even better and hopefully have more time for my family.

What 3 tips would you give other Start-up founders on the way?
Check the translation, when the other co-founder suggests a company name.
Make the customers understand how to use your product as fast as possible or you will lose them.
Spend enough time for a solid hiring and onboarding process.

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Thank you Mike Michel for the Interview

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Sabine Elsässer

Sabine Elsässer is founder and chief editor of the StartupValleyNews Magazine. She started her career at several international direct sale companys. Since 2007 she works main time as a journalist. While that time she learned more about the Startup Scene, what made her start her own Startup Magazine the StartupValleyNews.

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