By Chanel Martin –Blackenterprise.com
Nuracode is one of the leading minority owned tech companies nation. Based in the heart of Atlanta, Nuracode is your one-stop-shop for software and app development, digital marketing and strategy, analytics and more. They have had the pleasure of working with a range of diverse companies from large enterprises including Sprite, AARP, DreamWorks, to smaller urban companies like Trap Flix.
BlackEnterprse.com caught up with Founder and Chief Algorithm Officer, Iziah Reid, to discuss the inspiration behind starting Nuracode.
BlackEnterprise.com: How did you start Nuracode?
Iziah Reid: I was a software developer for corporate America for about 10 years. I worked for a cruise ship and developed software that allowed cruise ship attendees the option to stream on-demand video and order room service and shore excursions from their rooms. A friend of mine convinced me that I was smart enough to start a company around the same concept streaming videos for Caribbean and African people.
But we were wrong, and failed miserably. When we were down to our last couple hundred bucks we tried to build a hot or not competitor. Instead of having one person on the screen, we decided to have two, and you could vote for the photo you liked the best. We called it Dime Wars, and it was built in one night. We made seven dollars at the end of the first week. It was more money than we made in any other business. We decided that because this worked, we would replicate it. Eventually, my partner and I moved in different directions.
Two things were important to me: to produce cutting edge technology practically, and to build a company culture where what I do or who I am is normal, and not an outsider. The company is named after my daughter and I come from a family full of ‘funny’ names. It was always awkward for me when interviewing for a job when the first thing I had to do was describe my name. The issue becomes who is going to hire you? I decided I would create a company with a funny name and would hire employees that had funny names. I wanted to normalize myself. I took in people that reminded me of myself and I gave them the skill set that I have.”
What is Nuracode?
Nuracode is the beginning of the response to Silicon Valley. I am not in any way angry, upset, or even questioning why there are so few black people in Silicon Valley. It makes perfect sense. When I look to hire people, I am going to hire my friends. They (Silicon Valley) are going to hire their friends. It’s totally normal. At the end of the day, if they don’t know you, you won’t get hired. You are going to hire people that you know and trust.
There is an underlying theme in business that you are more likely to be more productive working with people that you like; this is the case at Nuracode. There are unspoken things in culture where if you were to work elsewhere others might find it disrespectful because they may have different perspectives. It’s not a problem for us to have Rick Ross or Fetty Wap playing while we are working at 10 at night. We have slept in the office multiple times through Thanksgiving and other holidays, when you are supposed to be with family, to get client work done. I wouldn’t change it for the world, because we are a family.
How does Nuracode make money?
In December we started this concept called ’10 Days of Nuracode.’ We build an MVP in only 10 days and have had marginal success. I learned a lot about operations and profit margins, and how important project management is when you are on a time-crunch. Day one, when you walk in, you are assigned a designer and set and we begin setting up your back end.
The entrepreneur will come in with an idea and how they want it to look. We get one of our designers to draw a mock-up of three different iterations, and they are able to select one. We then get the back-end developer to begin coding the database, and slowly merge the front-end with the back-end. We can do all of this for no more then $10,000. Nuracode’s goal was to tech-enable 60 entrepreneurs this year by helping people who don’t know much about tech, may have limited funds, but have an idea.
You can learn more about Nuracode by visiting their website and www.nuracode.com.