Tech Brew Interview Sybil

At the beginning of a software project or startup, you are typically a handful of people. Working side-by-side, you learn about each person’s strengths and weaknesses, leaning on each other as needed. But what do you do when you are working with a bigger team and don’t know everyone’s talents? Sybil, a new application by 8th Color, helps you discover the knowledge already in your team.

Martin Van Aken and Christophe Philemotte, co-founders of 8th Color, joined us for an interview to talk about skills management and how their tool fits in the market place. Sybil fills a need they discovered while working in different development teams: every member of the team has specialized knowledge but there was no consistent way to discover who knew what.

So Martin and Christophe built Sybil, leveraging their background in analytics and artificial intelligence, respectively. But on their journey, they found out that building the product is only the first step. In our interview we discuss not only the problem they are solving, but also the challenges they face in order to market and sell the product. This is not a problem unique to Martin and Christophe, as a lot of founders face similar challenges when stepping outside of their skills.

This is our longest interview yet, but it is worth the extra time for sure. We paired this interview with a lovely Trappist beer from Abbaye du Mont des Cats. Although this is the latest Trappist beer, it does not qualify for the Authentic Trappist Product label. Nonetheless it is still a delicious beer and highly recommended.

Enjoy the interview and don’t forget to check out our calendar for upcoming events in Belgium.

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