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Who we are

We are a team of seven people: three developers, one product developer, one person responsible for onboarding and recruitment, one marketing and growth manager, and a general manager. The team has a good balance in terms of background, age, personality and gender. 

We like to see ourselves as ambitious, competent and open minded. Discussions and opinions are welcomed, while we value taking a decision and moving on with it, until a new iteration is needed. We facilitate for speed and focused work, thus keeping meeting time to a minimum. A priority meeting, standups and retro are a regular part of the schedule. Work is structured in github, and we use slack for internal communication.

Apart from enjoying lunch together daily (in Oslo's best canteen), we do monthly dinners/beers/social. As part of Folq we also arrange social and expert meetups, where we hang out with the independent consultants on the platform.

Q&A with Helle Hoem-Martinsen

Chief Product Officer @ Folq

What are your plans for the future?

We are planning to grow both the volume of users on the platform as well as the team. Our ambition with Folq is to make it the go-to-place for independent consultants, small consultancy firms and customers. We plan to expand to other competence areas and markets over the next year. This require developing a platform that supports scale and offloads administrative tasks.

Why did you become an entrepreneur?

I have previous experience as a design consultant and as a manager in a large company. This gave me great experience, however, I felt the urge to be more hands on and closer to where the value is created. I love being able to come up with an idea and implement it in a matter of days! And there is the excitement of challenging the established and coming up with a better solution.

Aside from achieving commercial success, what do you see as your startup’s mission?

We want to make it easier to be an independent consultant, and for smaller consultancy firms to have the same visibility towards companies as larger consultancy firms . Also, we are passionate about enabling the consultants and customers to do more of what is important to them - getting the job done - not spending hours on finding each other and associated administrative tasks.

Describe your perfect day at work.

Lot of production time! Speed is essential to us, so we try to keep meetings to a minimum, and priorities clear, so we can maintain focus. We also enjoy a long lunch together in the team, and share some laughs.

What is your best advice for entrepreneurs who are just starting out?

Don't be afraid to make priorities. Settle for something, test it out and then you can adjust from there. It's easy to get stuck in a haze of discussions and plans.

Perks & Benefits

Flexible work hours and vacation: Morning person or night owl, this job is for you
Free coffee / tea: Get your caffeine fix for free
Located near public transit: Easy access and treehugger friendly workplace
Social gatherings and games: Hangout with your colleagues
Free soft drinks and treats / fruits: Peckish after lunch? We got your back
Equity package offer: Want to be a partner? Look no further
Pension plan: We take care of you, even when you are old and wrinkly
Free beer on Fridays: Friday is something special, let's enjoy a beer together
Skill development program: We want to take you from good to great
Maternity / paternity leave: Kids are the future, go spend time with them
Break a leg! Seriously, we got you covered in our company healthcare plan
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