Sweden-based iBuyWeSell, is the first company to offer businesses and consumers a free service through which they can create, publish, search and manage classified ads directly via mobile phone devices. It´s free mobile app now reaches over 600,000 downloads – a success the company´s founder and CEO Bob Ilievski credits to his hardworking team of Macedonian contractors.
“It’s just great”, Ilievski says in this exclusive interview. “The quality of work I’m getting from my Macedonian team is just what our company needs to get things running smoothly,” says Ilievski. iBuyWeSell, which had only recently celebrated its 2nd anniversary, continues to grow and develop despite having gone through some minor setbacks itself, particularly with previous efforts at outsourcing to different contractors.
“At first we worked with some private contractors from some other countries like India and China, but we weren’t really that happy with the results,” said Ilievski. “The problems with communication led to a weak relationship between us, which in turn resulted in a rather poor quality of work,” he added.
Currently, iBuyWeSell benefits from having IT Specialist and Senior Project Manager Dragan Velkov, as well as Innovation Expert and current eBusiness Manager Tanja Velickovska – both from Macedonia – at the forefront of their operations. “Working with Tanja and Dragan has been a smoother experience for the company,” said Ilievski of his Macedonian team members, adding that “communication is much more efficient, making project implementations much faster.”
Apart from its diverse and professional team, iBuyWeSell owes its success largely due to its main feature; mobile support through its free downloadable mobile app under the same name. It´s giving sellers the assurance that posting on their website will ensure them of more than half a million mobile users as potential buyers, without even counting the massive ad exposure on their website www.iBuyWeSell.com which syncs ads to keep both mobile and online users informed.
“The company’s relationship with its Macedonian contractors, as well as its other employees, is definitely one of the foundations of our continued success,” says Ilievski.
In December 2010, the company was honoured with the ‘Simplest and Best Application’ Award in the Samsung Global Developer Challenge.
(iBuyWeSell CEO Bob Ilievski pictured below)