From Ideation to Development: Challenges for an IT entrepreneur

Spiralogics successfully conducted its fourth Guest Tech Talk on 19 January, Friday. This month’s guest speaker was Mr. Dibyesh Giri, co-founder and CEO of Smart Tech Solution. Smart Tech is a company which develops Civil CAD software for Nepalese & International Market. He is also a faculty at King’s College which is affiliated with International American University.

About the speaker

Mr. Giri is best known as an IT entrepreneur who has worked in incorporating IT into different development activities. Besides running his own company, he is also very much involved in social welfare activities. He is a passionate changemaker who has led many social campaigns in the areas of change, justice, equality and human rights.

He received his Masters in Computer Application degree from Pune University, India. He has been awarded various scholarships like Silver Jubilee Scholarship & General Cultural Exchange Scholarship by Government of India for his under and postgraduate study. He was nominated for ” Tech Person of the Year -2014″ by Kantipur Daily (National Newspaper Daily).  He has also been a recipient of many awards like the title of Top 10 entrepreneurs as the “Rockstart Impact” through a Dutch-based Business Accelerator Program in Nepal.

The journey

He shared the inspiring story of how he started his company and how he went on to become an IT entrepreneur. The session centred around his journey from product ideation stage through developing ‘Smart Road’ – the number one civil engineering software in the market today. Smart Road is a road design software used by most of the Civil Engineers and officials for road designing and construction in Nepal. He highlighted the challenges that came with trying to find the buyer for the product and interesting incidents that occurred along the way.

He shared with the audience the challenges he faced and what he learned out of it. These included:

  1. Identifying the pain points of the user and using it as a way to create something to solve or at least reduce those pains.
  2. Identifying and creating something that the user actually needs, not what the seller/producer wants for them.
  3. Treating failure as a learning opportunity and taking it as a motivation to try something different.

At the end of the session, Mr. Arun Thapa, the Technical Manager of Spiralogics presented a Token of Appreciation to thank Mr. Giri for providing his invaluable time and sharing his knowledge with us.

Such tech talk is held on 3rd Friday of each month. You can check out our Facebook page for more updates on future tech talks.