- How would you explain your project to your grandmother?
Since our product is very innovative, I would simply tell her: “Grandma, you do not need to press the light switch to turn the light on, you just need to wave at it.
- How is your project changing the world?
Our first product would change the world only with difficulties. It is a nice design accessory. However, our second product, which we are developing now, could be really helpful in integrating various remote controls in your household. Imagine that you could control your heating, air condition, blinds in one device that is at your wall. Therefore we are not changing the world, we are only simplifying.
- What about your project are you the most proud on?
I am proud that despite all the obstacles, we have managed to come up with a real product and people are interested in it.
- Where (how) did you come up with your startup idea?
My colleague came up with it, when we were not able to find producer for our first project. We were thinking what to do, so we can keep our business. That was our starting point.
- What did you have to give up for your project?
Mainly financial resources, time and nerves. But up to this point we gained already much more knowledge and experience. Those are things I value the most.
- If you would have become a large company with millions in profit, how would your headquarter look like and what benefits would you offer to your employees?
If I would have a lot of money the headquarters would be modern and at the same time artistic. I want to have there a friendly encouraging environment. The employers should feel like home.
I have never thought about the benefits for employees. It should be personalized to each one of them individually. There will be for sure company events, where they could come with their families.
- What are you going to do with the money after you sell your project for billion dollars?
I would get some rest, travel the world and then transmit the knowledge and experience to other people.
- Why is it cool to do business in Brno?
Brno has good location. It is close to western markets – the most important ones, and it is very close to Vienna. Many cultures are mixing here such us Hungarian, Slovak, Austrian and Czech. Therefore, interesting thoughts are meeting and mixing. Regarding JIC itself, it is an excellent place to establish different types of cooperation and to move your business forward. Unfortunately in Slovakia, we do not have such a thing.
Matej Cerny and his colleagues from Wavie (Slovakia) have developed a system for dimming and brightening lights using just a hand gesture. In future development of the product, the designers want to focus on creating an alternative switch that is capable of controlling the majority of smart bulbs on the market.