If Jozef Kutka had his druthers, he’d be out in nature riding his bike or running. As a developer and CTO for MeetFox, his view on software is rather untraditional.
“I believe software makes life easier, but it’s not making it nicer.”
He doesn’t like how much time we, as a society, spend in front of screens. He hopes that by working at MeetFox, the company can help people spend less time organizing meetings and reviewing schedules and more time face-to-face (virtually and in-person).
MeetFox is a tool for professionals to manage meetings with online scheduling, integrated video calls, and direct payments. Originally called CoachFox, the company was focused on matching coaches to clients in an online platform. The company quickly pivoted once the founder, Susanne Klepsch, realized that a lot of the day-to-day of coaches was spent scheduling appointments, writing invoices, and doing other administrative tasks.
By providing a tool that more easily and quickly organizes administrative tasks, the company gives back time to professionals in a range of industries.
Kutka discovered MeetFox 2 years ago while working on his Masters in business informatics. He was looking for side projects where he could apply both his developer skills and business acumen. He was particularly attracted to startups and helping them build their IT infrastructure.
“I didn’t want money, just to help someone and learn something.”
Kutka met the founder of what was then CoachFox, and worked with her to edit the website, and analyze data. Klepsch asked Kutka to stay on to manage the relationships with external developers and oversee all product software development.
“There was no one to talk to the developers. The founders are business people, not tech people.” Kutka helped bridge the gap between the business goals and communicating how to execute those goals to developers.
Why MeetFox chose Twilio
Kutka was working on improving their product and asked, “How can we speed up the process more?” One area for improvement was the video conferencing software.
When deciding what video conferencing software to use, Kutka had a couple of criteria. The software needed to be implemented quickly with little resources. As a small team, it was important that the software should be easy to integrate and understand. He also wanted to keep everything in the app. He didn’t want there to be any extensions or for users to need to download a video conferencing software.
While researching video conferencing solutions, he learned about Twilio’s Programmable Video.
Twilio met all of his criteria, being simple for a developer to integrate with an existing program, with the added bonus that “the documentation is pretty nice.”
Working for a company of 5, Kutka doesn’t have much time for side projects, but this doesn’t stop him from having ambitious goals for MeetFox.
He’d like to build upon MeetFox so that it becomes a “platform where any individual professional can sell their service.” The platform would help customers find clients, provide resources on marketing, and automate all the work around payment and invoicing.
Ultimately, Kutka wants to create a straightforward, seamless tool.
“I want to make our tool simple and easy to use, so I can make the users’ lives less work than if they were to use more complicated software.”
Kutka, we’re excited to see what you build. For more stories on startups, their founders and developers, take a look at these articles.