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Long before Pharonyx existed, we were co-workers working for the same large engineering and construction company. We developed web tools for construction sites around the world, on multi-billion dollar projects.
Within a company of more than 35,000 employees, where the processes needed to be well structured and well defined, we were a dynamic young team with great ideas and ambition, trapped because the technology we were developing was not the priority. We were somehow the black sheep of the office, and although we inspired many, some others were disturbed.
On the eve of a second major corporate restructuring, I lost my job. My position had been eliminated! The new development projects were stopped, the senior management of the company implemented a new Information Technology strategy. My last 6 years of work felt apart before noon.
Nevertheless, I was aware of the enormous potential in the field of information technology and I was not going to give up easily!
Three months later, I was in South America on a road trip. While I was in Chile, Samuel, who had also left the company, contacted me with the idea of founding a company to develop a new software application for “Construction execution management”. With both of us having little or no experience in the world of entrepreneurship and Samuel having just completed his MBA, the choice made sense: we had to do it! After all, my wife was four months pregnant, I had only 15,000 kilometers to go before returning to Montreal and Samuel just had his second child, who was only 4 months old at that time: the timing was perfect (hum …)!
Roadtrip en Amériques, 17 countries, 70 000 kilometers, 550 days. Photo taken in the northwest in Argentina, at the “Cono Arita”. Photo credit : YougoPhoto.
After two months of exchanges and discussions remotely, whether on the WIFI from a gas station in Chile, from an hotel room in Peru, from an hostel in Ecuador or from a home where I was hosted in Colombia, we started the prototype and the first lines of code of this famous “tool of aid to the follow-up of construction” which would become K-Ops, by Pharonyx …