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Irish-based IT Services firm remains the consulting arm of Klir in Ireland, while the team plans the launch of a regulatory compliance platform to US customers.
So that’s it, the dream has come true: 2018 will be the year of Klir. Four years after starting Elm Solutions in a hotel meeting room, David and Elaine – the co-founders – are turning a page.
“It was always about the product”, reminisces Elaine Kelly, COO. When we started, we knew we wanted to achieve the dream of building a product that makes water safer.”
Having spent every waking hours of the past few years worrying, thinking, planning, innovating and dreaming about the future, they are now ready to take their venture to new heights.
Have you ever wondered what it is actually like to work in a startup….? I mean, when you take away the shiny marketing spiel that is in the media or made famous by shows like Silicon Valley? Well we are going to try our best to answer that question through our all new company Snapchat account. It will be feature updates from staff, the founders and anyone else that comes across our path.
We have listened! Over the past few months we have received some great feedback from a lot of people on our website; what works and what doesn’t work so well. We are currently in the final phases of updating our sustainability strategy and mission. With that, comes an updated look and feel for the website and our marketing content.
Keep an eye over the next few weeks and let us know what you think!
We could hardly believe it when our name was called out. Less than 2 years after we set up the company we have been recognised by a group of our industry peers as being the best at what we do. It has, without doubt, been a long and hard slog to get us to where we are now. So this award means so much to the entire team as it endorses the work we are doing. For me, working on the vision and strategy of the company every day, it is important to see the role environmental consciousness and sustainability is taking in mainstream business functions. We can see already the tide is turning towards a more environmentally aware way of operating. What came as most of a surprise to us was how many leaders in our industry that we met on the awards night were already noticing of the work we were doing.
Ever since I started working I have always heard the concept of ‘work life balance’ being bandied around. I never really paid much attention to the notion as I beavered away at my 12 hour working days, as was common place in my job as a graduate IT consultant. The thing is, I never minded or mind putting in this time and staying late when work needs to be done. I really enjoy my work and I get great satisfaction out of being part of a team that is working towards a common goal, often in highly pressurised situations. During my time working in a large IT consultancy company, I don’t ever remember anyone explicitly asking me to stay late, but there definitely was a culture that accepted it as the norm and a perception that it was something that needed to be done to get you to the next level, or at a minimum to keep you in the running for the next level.
Dublin gets mixed reviews when it comes to being a startup hub. But this week we have, most likely for the last time, one of the worlds biggest tech conferences; Web Summit. Very few will argue with me when I say we do not have the best infrastructure in Dublin particularly when it comes to meeting and working remotely. So for all those visiting Summiters I have compiled a short list of good places to have a meeting if you want some privacy or to get away from the noise to work. They will not appear in any tourist guides, but I can guarantee, as a local, they are the best we have!
It is hard to believe I am working almost one year at Elm – the time has absolutely flown. So much has happened since I joined. I have played a key role in the development of two great software applications at Elm and have lead the implementation and achievement of ISO 27001:2013 Certification for the company.
My software development skills have evolved a huge amount, I simply do not think it would have been possible to do such a full range of development at a larger company. At Elm I am involved in true ‘full-stack’ development. The lessons come thick and fast, and so does the learning. Not to mention a healthy dose of head-scratching and puzzle solving – all part of a day in the life of a software developer!
So here I am, the first and hopefully not the last, Elm employee to make it over the 1 year line! Today marks a year to the day that I walked into the office on Foley Street to a somewhat empty room. There was only one small bank of desks and only 3 office chairs but oh how we’ve grown since then.
It’s definitely not easy to pack up one’s life after 28 years and move halfway across the world. I mean, just moving out of your parents’ house for the first time is scary.
Some say I was crazy and impulsive, but what they don’t know is that this was actually a well calculated gamble.
Where do I even begin?
As an aspiring marketer, when I work on any project, I generally look for an end product and build towards that. I may as well keep up the same routine for this blog post.
This week at Elm we are beginning a marketing campaign titled ‘#GrowWithUs’. This campaign is what I have been working towards for the last 10 weeks, since I started at Elm Solutions, as the first ever marketing intern. The #GrowWithUs campaign will focus on raising the profile of Elm Solutions and will also focus on making people aware of the job opportunities we currently have available. We want to make individuals aware of how they can #GrowWithUs by becoming part of the Elm team.