9 years of Igalia

Posted by berto on December 02, 2010

Last weekend almost all of us gathered together in what we call an Igalia Summit: a 2-day event where we discuss new ideas, relax, play music, and basically have fun and the opportunity to meet each other in person, something which is increasingly more difficult as Igalia becomes more and more global.

Claudio and API rehearsing

This time we also used the summit to invite some friends and celebrate our 9th anniversary dinner.

Although it sometimes feels like yesterday we started, 9 years is already a lot of time, and the feeling of looking back at our beginnings it not something that can be easily expressed with words. Of course things were very different back then and the company has changed a lot during all these years.

The core ideas, however, remain unchanged. One of them is our passion for free software, and that’s what we’re known for to most people. But there’s another key value that is equally important for us, and that is our flat structure.

Democracy begins in the workplace

For Igalia democracy is an essential value so we take it seriously. We think our people are the most important thing that we have, and thus deserve our highest respect. That’s why we not only like to hear their opinions: we also want them to propose, decide and participate in all affairs, so we give everyone a voice and a vote in all decisions.

If there’s something we have learnt during all these years is that when people can decide for themselves they are much happier and more committed to what they do. And when people are happy and committed we take the next logical step: we make them shareholders. Everyone who stays in the company long enough and is willing to continue can become a partner. We make no exceptions.

Group picture

In November, 4 Igalians became partners of the company: Alejandro Piñeiro (API), Xabier Rodríguez Calvar (Calvaris), Javi Muñoz and Mario Sánchez. They’re all good friends and I’m very happy to have them with us.

2010 has been a good year for Igalia, and we’ll hopefully be celebrating our 10th anniversary soon. Free software has evolved a lot in these 9 years. We tried to make our contributions and we met lots of friends on the way.

We’re glad to be here for 9 years already and we’re also very proud to be part of this vibrant community.

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  1. Esther Thu, 02 Dec 2010 14:05:02 CEST

    Congratulations to all igalian team. I enjoyed this post.

  2. Fred Muller Thu, 02 Dec 2010 15:33:03 CEST

    Igalia seems to be an inspiration. Great work guys, please don’t stop!

  3. Carlos Garnacho Thu, 02 Dec 2010 15:36:45 CEST

    Mucho tiempo sin duda :), felicidades

  4. Bob Bobsob Thu, 02 Dec 2010 16:40:29 CEST

    Is that guy with the guitar cold in that photo, or is he just wearing a hat to look cool? Bloody hipsters.

  5. Germán Póo-Caamaño Thu, 02 Dec 2010 17:34:53 CEST

    Are you sure that is a democracy rather than meritocracy?

  6. berto Thu, 02 Dec 2010 18:06:07 CEST

    Bob: LOL

    Germán: I’m not sure about what you mean by that. We certainly try to assign roles to those most capable of doing them, and we do that democratically :)

  7. timsamoff Thu, 16 Dec 2010 00:17:13 CEST

    Congratulations! It’s nice to see so many familiar faces in there. ;)

  8. Michael Thu, 16 Dec 2010 11:27:48 CEST

    Congratulations! :)

    @Bob: Let them wear what they want. Although I sometimes need do shake my head too – last weekend I saw a guy wearing a scarf in a club where it was like 5000 degrees. :D

  9. Gutschein Sun, 19 Dec 2010 01:12:15 CEST

    Congratulations!

  10. justin Wed, 06 Apr 2011 14:50:11 CEST

    i like your attitude :) congratulations to the whole team ;)

  11. justin Mon, 18 Apr 2011 12:15:07 CEST

    I always enjoy reading your posts :) congratulations ;)