Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Honey, I’ll be home late tonight…

I’m amazed I even made it to work today, considering the heavy rain that struck Gothenburg earlier this morning. It resembled a monsoon, seriously. Anyway, I made it to the office and I couldn’t be happier about this day; once again it’s time for Champions League!

We also made a lot of progress with Qalixa. During the summer we’ve recruited numerous retailers to list their products for free. So the product listing of Qalixa is expanding, but of course there’s more to come.

We expect to launch the new design on the 1st of October, and it’s going to be good, I’ll give you that. You can expect the most from Qalixa when it comes to your online shopping needs. If you’re a buyer, there are, as I mentioned earlier, a lot of retail products to browse and compare. On the other hand, as a seller, the classified set-up is very user-friendly and the potential of getting your item sold will be greater than ever before.

Meanwhile, head to appland.se and download our latest app for android – and stay tuned for more news! 

Monday, 17 September 2012

The first but definitely not the last

It all started that day, the day when I was supposed to attend an interview at the office. I had no particular expectations; I had just been told when I was called to the interview that “I would found out more when I got there”. And there was a lot to find out, I’ll tell you that.

My first impression of the office was quite well. It was a calm environment that combined high-tech equipment with an area designed for relaxing. This would suite me very well, I knew that immediately.

But there were still a lot of questions in my head. What’s their purpose? What’s their vision? And why in the world do you need a 110 inch projector screen?! Fortunately, all my questions would be answered.

I was amazed by their vision. The vision that once started as an idea, and that now had evolved into so much more. But what could I contribute with? I had no experience in programming and I’m certainly no businessman. I began to talk about my interests and what I’d like to do for a living in the future. And would you believe it, there was a job just for me!

Now the weeks have passed since the first day at the office. Qalixa has gotten itself a major design upgrade, along with a few extra likes on Facebook. So my work hasn’t been completely under the radar, but as much as I value that I’m still hungry for more.

The past weeks have just been a taste of what this job opportunity really means. I have the chance of achieving something extraordinary; with colleagues I only could imagine working with a year ago by my side. That is really something!

Oh yeah, my name is Alex and I’m a marketer/graphic designer at Qalixa.

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Am I crazy...?! Or just stubborn?

Been thinking about writing about the thoughts for a time now.
Never seems to be the time, the right thing to say...you know, a lot of excuses simply put.

So, bear with me here, I will try to make my thoughts make sense.

Starting to look at the sites that was available for classifieds, such as Blocket or Craigslist you see the huge numbers of visitors.
Is there really a space for a new site here?...Or am I just crazy to even try?

Well, is there something that most people love, it is the underdog, the against all odds kind of thing.
(Miracle on ice, a lone survivor, Finland vs Sweden World championship 2003  comes to mind)
(Yes, I like hockey as well =) )

Well, enough about that. Down to business.

Internet is always evolving, that is one great thing about it.
If you have a vision, an idea, there is nothing that stops you to try it out.
Finally, if you have the strength, the believe and the work ethic, you can go far.

I am a strong believer in that YOU set your own boundaries.
Not that everyone will succeed with every goal (no, you will not be the richest man ever lived just because of the above, but it is a start), but you have to separate long term goals from short term goals.

Set up a long term goal, and stick with it. Fight, struggle, bite, kick do whatever you deem to be necessary to drive forward (within reason, no kicking old people just to get in front of the line in the supermarket).

Struggle, see the potential and do not be scared!
If you believe in yourself, so will others. With this comes help and support.
That is on of the fundamental things about humanity, together we can do wonderful things. Use the people around you, take critics for they are. Listen, share and argue, argue for you case!

So, how can a newcomer even threat the "big" sites. Look at EbayTradera or even Alibaba for examples.

By wanting to change the world, seeing something that you want to do better, a bit different.
This is why we created Qalixa.
I believe buying and selling on the internet can be done better, more efficient and that all should be able to use it!

For one thing, I hate advertisement. -- Take that away from the site. (some might be good, personalized, know when I want it and so on, but there is a long way for that to work. Right now, NO I do not want to buy perfumes anymore, I checked a couple of sites when I was looking for a present. Get over it!)

It should be free -- The basic service should be free, I love Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Googles services and more free stuff out there.
It should be free, but when a service offers something more, then I can pay for it. If I deem it worth it, for example Spotify 

It should be easy to use -- The interface should be simple and fast

Buying and selling -- I want a product/service from someone. Sometimes used, sometimes new. It depends. But I do not want to go around to different places to find it.

I want to place a classified with my Android phone -- Take a picture with the camera and post it directly. NOT going to the computer and transferring it first, then open the webpage, post it.....got tweets to check, do not have time with that ;)

It should be global -- Sometimes, I want things from India for example. Still want to see it in my own language, same site.

It should be both for private individuals and business (B2B, B2C or C2C, lets ditch those and call it for what it is, Business For All B4A)

With those things in mind, we started www.qalixa.com.
It is not complete, but we have come a long way.

Because, we where fighting, kicking and biting.
Hang in there, listen for feedback, adapt....and there is nothing that stops YOU from pursuing you goals, dreams or hobbies.


Wednesday, 4 January 2012

New Year, New opportunities, New Business

Happy New Year all!

It feels good being back at the office finally and start to dig in to the new Year!

How have all of your new years been?

2012 is the year when Qalixa is doing its relaunch!
New GUI, an android app and Business-For-All (B4A) is going to kick off.
Open for the public and easier than ever to post your offers.
Need anything sold, try out the app and give it a go.
Got anything you were not completely happy with during Christmas?
Post it at www.qalixa.com to make someone else happy =)

What do you think of the new interface?

Try it out and let us know.


Monday, 13 June 2011

Qalixa is supporting even more languages and proper names in the URL

As our developers pushed hard to get the new functionality out before the summer vacation, we proudly presents the latest version of www.qalixa.com!

With more languages added, improved GUI and better URL:s we hope that you enjoy the new version as much as we do.

Is your language with?
If not, do not hesitate to request it at www.qalixa.com, support[a]qalixa.com

Tell us what you think about the new structure of the URL:s as well!
Enjoy a B4A site as it should be!

About the summer vacation, stay tuned for the next release, of course we will continue on working during the summer, it is to much fun to stop!


Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Quote of the month

A really good quote!

"Great minds discuss ideas; Average minds discuss events; Small minds discuss people." Eleanor Roosevelt

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Qalixa welcomes Webhallen

Qalixa welcomes Webhallen and their great products to join us!
With more than 30 000 great offers they are a great contribution to Qalixa.
They offer products in a number of categories, for example: Games, Movies, Computer hardwareComputer softwareHome electronics and Home appliances.

Go and check Webhallens new offers today!