Member Spotlight: George Ikpugbu of Gaiproject Services

Each month, we sit down with a member of our community to talk about their work, their experience working out of CapitalSquare, and to just generally let the world know how awesome they are.!

This month, our spotlight is on George Ikpugbu, founder and  Lead Developer at Gaiproject Services

Who: George Ikpugbu

What he does: Web development

Working from CapitalSquare since: February 2016

 

Hi, George! Please tell us about yourself: 

My name is George Ikpugbu. I have a Higher Diploma in eTech-Computing from NIIT and a Bsc in Business Computing from the Bells University of Technology. Prior to starting Gaiproject Services, I  worked as a Project Manager for Above & Beyond (on the company's Website Project). I later moved to Damaleg Concepts as a Systems Analyst on one of its ERP Projects.

I started freelancing sometime in 2013 as an IT Outsourcing (ITO) Manager for SMEs interested in outsourcing IT jobs abroad. That experience influenced me to start my own web development company.

What influenced your career choice?

I had always wanted to be a computer guru when I was growing up, coupled with the fact that I am an Analytical Thinker, who was good at mathematics, it was really a no brainer when it came to choosing Computing as a career -- it was the perfect fit for me. I also love the versatility and scalability.

How long has GaiProject Services been around and what services do you currently offer?

Gaiproject has been around since 2014. Our services include Web/eCommerce development, Website management, System Analysis, System Integration and IT Outsourcing Management.

Where do you see GaiProject Services in the long term, say the next 5 years?

Our strategy for the long term is productizing our services. The goal for the next 5 years is to take a product mainstream to position us strongly in the market.

What has been your biggest lesson as an entrepreneur? What would you do differently if you had to start over?

I would say the biggest lesson for me is the realization that not all customers are good customers; and to be careful with doing favors, as it can quickly turn into an obligation. In retrospect, I would have started earlier, while I was still in school. It would have been the perfect time to build traction.

Is there any of your projects you’re particularly proud of?  

I am proud of all of my projects. Each has added to my growth and development in some way. If I had to choose one though, it would be the Licious Dessert’s website. It was my first job and a major confidence booster for me.

mockup for Licious Desserts. Yum!

mockup for Licious Desserts. Yum!

What are you currently working on? Any interesting new projects you’d like to share with us?

Yes, I'm currently working on an exciting project for a client. It is a Contest App for businesses with a difference. It is still in development at the moment though. 

What do you do for fun? How do you unwind?

I love music, reading, and movies. Lately, YouTube has been my go to place for fun -- there’s always something exciting to keep you entertained and informed. I also try to get a lot of sleep.

What do you like about CapitalSquare?

The Internet is fast and reliable. The ambience is inspiring and the workspace is conducive. I also feel a sense of community around here.

What keeps you going when things get challenging?

The idea that there’s something better on the other side, as nothing good ever comes easy. I think this quote: “Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory.” by George S. Patton sums it up quite nicely.

Thank you for your time, George. It's been awesome chatting with you

The pleasure's all mine.

That's all, folks! You can get in touch with George via: 

Website: http://www.gaiproject.com.ng

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/gaiproject

Email: gaiprojectz@gmail.com