Tell us your name and a little about yourself.
My name is Dmitriy Akulov and I’m the CEO at PerfOps and founder of jsDelivr.
What exactly does your company do?
PerfOps is a platform for distributed infrastructure monitoring and smart website traffic load-balancing and routing. We were the first to offer DNS and CDN data for free to everyone on our existing websites, cdnperf.com and dnsperf.com.
Other companies that had similar data were hiding it behind sales calls and contracts. Even now with the release of our latest load-balancing product, FlexBalancer, we are the only company offering a free plan, free online tools, transparent pricing, free support, and a polished user interface. We are first and foremost trying to help people, regardless of who they are and their budget.
What were the biggest challenges you have faced and how did you overcome them?
We are only at the first stage of our company with a long road ahead of us. However, all of these years of hard work are finally paying off. There are very few people who could accomplish what we did on such a tight budget — and have it actually work with great user experience.
What piece of advice do you wish someone had given you at the start of your career?
Travel and work remotely, rather than setting up an office at the beginning. After working in an office for so long, it can be very energizing to work from different places and cost-effective when you are operating on a startup budget. Hiring full-time remote team members is a much better strategy at the beginning stages of a company. Only after the team has grown, and you can really afford a good office space, should you do it.
Who are your biggest influences and people you admire and why?
I admire my team. During the first few years, we slowly grew and it was difficult to hire quality developers. I admire anyone who shares my mission to help people, regardless of who they are and their budget.
None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are?
My girlfriend has been someone that has supported me every step of the way. Beyond moral support, she takes care of the bureaucracy and dealings with the government, the accounting for the business, and even accompanies me to conferences, such as the one where we ended up finding investors.
What do you see as your greatest success in life?
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