Friday, March 23, 2012

Kelson story

In 2005 we got in touch with some guys that wanted to create a new online gaming platform (poker and other card games). My previous company (Trilobit) got the job to make this platform including one game.

In 2006 we joined their company (BetOnBet) to continue work on this. This company had a department in Thailand (Norinn) and they had a few developers and designers there. I quit BetOnBet in 2007. 

I started Kelson Consulting in Norway in 2007, hiring one of my friends immediately. A few months after I hired one of the old developers from Norinn in Thailand as he was no longer working for them.

In June 2008 some of the guys behind the gaming platform had bought the software back from BetOnBet. They wanted to continue development in Thailand and wanted me to help their developers understanding the system. I was invited to Bangkok for 9 days. During my stay I decided to hire a few more developers through their new company (Global IT World). By the end of 2008 I had 5 developers in Thailand.

2008 was a good year. In addition to the 5 people in Thailand, I had 4 people in my office in Norway. Unfortuneately, 2009 wasn't as good. Customer requests dropped like ... like something that drops really fast. Most of the guys in the Norwegian office had to move on, getting jobs elsewhere.

In 2010 there was just me and my first Norwegian employee left in Norway. GIW had increased their "mark-up" on my developers, so I decided to start my own company instead, in hope of saving some money. "Unfortuneately" I had a deal with GIW that I had to buy out the developers if I wanted to hire them directly. So that was a lot of money to come up with. In April 2010 Kelson Co. Ltd (SEO: mobile app development bangkok) was ready for business.

I wanted to try to target Thai companies. We came up with the idea of selling template based web sites for 12.000 THB (approx $400). We thought this could be good business as we could make them fast and sell them cheap. I don't think we  sold ANY of these sites. Maybe one. Some people said it was too expensive. One guy said he was looking for a web site costing about 3.000 THB (approx $100). We gave up trying to sell these beautiful template sites, and of some reason we started selling more expensive customized sites starting at 45.000 THB (approx 1500 USD). We don't know exactly what happened, but we're selling a lot of these web sites.

Mobile apps was also something that really caught on. I had worked with mobile apps before, but things had changed since that time. We decided to get into the iPhone and Android business.

By the end of 2010 we realized that our office was too small. We had grown a bit over the past few months and needed a bigger office. We kept hiring in 2011 and at most we were 17 employees that year. I personally realized that having so many people in the office was a lot to handle. So we started thinking about how we could change the company structure to get rid of bottlenecks. Myself often being one.

In 2012 we are about 15 employees, offering services such as web design, web development and mobile development.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Favorite computer games

Favorite games:
  • Monkey Island (especially 1 and 2, but also 3)
  • Day of the Tentacle
  • Indiana Jones - The Fate of Atlantis (adventure)
  • Civilization, Civilization 3, Civilization Revolution for iPad
  • Syndicate (the original)
  • Broken Sword (1 and 2)
  • Beneath a Steel Sky
  • Ghosts'n'Goblins!
  • A New Beginning (a fairly new graphic adventure game, at this time I'm not done with it but I like it so far)
Games I perhaps should like, but that I don't like as much as the ones above:
  • Monkey Island 4 (never cared so much for the 3d in these games)
  • Tales of Monkey Island
  • Sam and Max series from Telltale
  • Sam and Max from LucasArts
  • Maniac Mansion (The user interface is not convenient enough, was ok in the past)
  • Zak McKracken (Same as with Maniac Mansion)
  • Indiana Jones 3 (adventure) (Same as the two above)
  • Rest of the Ghosts'n Goblins-series (they're just not as entertaining as the first one)

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

TV shows

Good TV shows:
  • The Sopranos
  • Spartacus
  • Carnivale
  • The Wire
  • Game of Thrones
  • Sex and the City
  • The Simpsons
  • South Park
  • Curb Your Enthusiasm
  • The Office (UK)
  • Deadwood
  • Seinfeld
  • Archer
  • Arrested Development
  • 24
  • X-Files
  • Profit
  • Peep Show
  • Trailer Park Boys
TV shows that I can enjoy, but that still kind of suck:
  • Lost
  • Rescue Me
  • Family Guy
  • The Walking Dead 
  • Breaking Bad
  • Desperate Housewives
  • Californication
  • Dexter
  • Fringe