Case Study

The Next Web

The Next Web is a technology focused media company founded in 2006. It manages several initiatives focused on international technology news, business and culture.

Meet Boris Veldhuijzen Van Zanten

Boris is not only CEO and co-founder of The Next Web, he’s also a frequent speaker and a serial entrepreneur who founded The Next Web but also V3 Redirect Services (sold), HubHop Wireless Internet Provider (sold), Twitter Counter, InboxPro.com and several other companies. Boris is very active on Twitter as @Boris.

Where are you located?

Amsterdam, The Netherlands, but we have people all over the world writing for us. A very distributed company.

What does your company do?

We write opinionated and original perspectives on remarkable developments in technology. Our focus is on developments around the world and for readers everywhere.

How many people in your team or company?

About 50 now.

What is your position in the company?

I’m the CEO and co-founder.

What made you look for software like TeamGantt?

As we were growing I started missing a tool that would allow me to look at all the projects we were managing. I sketched out what I was thinking about to my wife, and she said ’Thats a Gantt chart!’. So I googled that and then asked a bunch of entrepreneurs what they used. Several of them recommended TeamGantt so I checked that out and loved it right away.

How do you and your team use TeamGantt?

TeamGantt is flexible enough to make it useful for different teams in different ways. Our developers use it to keep track of everything we do. I know PR uses it to plan things and our events team use it extensively for out event planning.

What is the biggest benefit that you receive from TeamGantt?

It allows me to quickly see what projects we are all working on. We are a technology company that develops a lot of our own stuff and sometimes it becomes hard to remember what we are all working on together. The general overview is great for me.

Do you have a favorite feature?

Yeah, I’m not too obsessed with deadlines and rather have things turn out really well and take more time, then rushing things out the door, so I love the fact that you can simply extend a deadline and all the dependencies follow along.

Do you have any special tips or tricks?

I once learned an important lesson from a more experienced entrepreneur. He told me you can fill your days with chores and tasks and replying to emails and not get much done. He told me to always think about the important goals you want to reach and make sure to at least get 3 small things and one big thing done every day. Having a personal project within TeamGantt, just for you, with your own goals and deadlines can be a great way to organize that.

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