This year is a very special year for us, and we hope that it’ll be even brighter and more fulfilling than all the others put together.
Looking back ten years, we realize how many wonderful people have accompanied us on our journey and how many things have happened, most of them great, but also with some setbacks. We’ve learned to overcome unpredictable challenges while still a small team at the time, and as one of the founders of this team, I must express my pride and excitement at how mature our team has become. I truly couldn’t be happier about our journey as a whole. I’ve seen people come and go, get married, have children, and become true friends. I’ve seen our entire team create memorable moments inside (and outside) of work.
Most of our employees have been with us for several years. Some of them started with LOAD as interns or trainees and are now important parts of our team, guiding newcomers and being involved in important aspects of the organization.
Not long after December 2019, Covid-19 entered our lives and completely shook them up, changing the way we live, work, and the overall perspective we’d about life and the world around us.
I remember at the 2019 Christmas dinner, sharing with our team how confident I was about the year ahead, far from imagining that Covid-19 would hit us all right after. Aside from the terrible healthcare crisis we went through, against all odds, it helped our company grow as digitization accelerated all over the world.
In terms of work habits, like most companies, we were initially forced to a full-remote work experience and now, between all the ups and downs of the Covid season, we are organized with a hybrid work mode, choosing between office and home. We strongly believe that this is a permanent solution. Nevertheless, we recommend all colleagues to come to the office at least 2-3 times a week, because we constantly invest in making our office more comfortable and friendly, and organize team-building activities inside and outside the office. We strongly believe that we are more than just colleagues, we believe that friendships are formed while working together.
Business-wise, our clients are getting bigger, as are the projects. If we were already satisfied with our customer base in 2019, we are now dealing with even bigger projects and a greater variety of customers, ranging from dynamic startups to publicly traded companies. This is the result of the development of our marketing department, the recent launch of our new website, which truly reflects the company we are today, supported by various digital marketing activities and advertising campaigns, but above all by the tireless work of our great sales team, which overall is getting bigger, more mature and therefore more efficient.
Our sales have increased, and that has meant that our team has had to grow. In 2019, we ended the year with 17 team members, and now we are 26 and need to grow to almost 30 immediately.
While this growth is very positive, it also brings new challenges.
LOAD is now a leading digital innovation company, helping small and large companies research and develop their new digital products and providing valuable resources as an extension of their technical teams. Our capacity in innovative areas such as Blockchain, VR, Machine Learning and MedTech is the result of our courage to learn new areas and taking on difficult challenges that others would not like to do. Add to that the always up-to-date knowledge and high-quality standards we build with the more traditional technologies and methodologies that bring digital projects to life.
With this in mind, we would like to thank you for being with us for the last 10 years of our existence. We hope for many more years by your side.