In the first of our weekly ‘LSP Community Interviews’, we sat down with David Coveney, director of Interconnect/IT, to learn a little bit more about what makes him tick!
Q) Tea or Coffee?
A) They’re both great! How could you make somebody choose?! That’s just cruel.
Q) What Fictional place could you most like to visit?
A) Royston Vasey. Assuming I could leave…
Q) What is something you think everyone should do at least once in their lives?
A) Live and work in another country and culture. But throw yourself at it, learn the language, socialise, open yourself to new opportunities and ideas. You quickly learn that people are fundamentally the same, all over the world, but that many of us follow mental models we were given rather than which we acquired. And that holds us back. Breaking out of that can be painful, because when you mess up it can feel like it’s your own fault.
Q) So, down to business, what does Interconnect/it do and who is in the team?
A) We’re a web development studio, principally engaged in work for publishers and application owners, with ongoing projects ranging from International Gender Champions, Creative Review, The Lawyer, and The Engineer as a few examples.
Q) How did it all come about?
A) I’d been working on large scale financial systems, which was lucrative, with amazing clients, but it gets difficult to have a normal life when you’re almost constantly travelling. In the end I decided I need to settle a bit. So I set up a business with my friend James Whitehead. We had no idea what we were doing, however. Our first idea was to sell tightly locked down, cheap computers that were remotely managed. Think Chromebooks and you wouldn’t have been far wrong. But we didn’t have the money, let alone the know-how or resources to get very far with that idea. So we set up a website that basically listed all the things we could, including obviously building a website.
People liked our website. They kept asking for websites. So we decided to specialise in web development. Then we discovered we could make bigger and larger scale websites than our competitors and so ended up servicing the publishing industry.
We now have a team of thirteen people, who are the most amazing, creative and smart people I’ve had the joy of working with. They are developers, computer scientists, designers and administrators and all are equally important to our joint success.
Q) What do you think has been the single most important development in technology that has aided your success?
A) IPv4 – it’s seventies technology that underpins the internet, and it’s quite amazing when you think that it’s still the dominant internet protocol forty years after it was worked out.
Q) What’s the most interesting part of your job?
A) The people I work with. Annoyingly, they’re all rather better than I am at almost everything except, perhaps, designing database schema.
Q) Where do you see it all going?
A) We’re shifting to newer technology frameworks. We used to build a lot with WordPress, but that comes with a lot of weight that can slow you down when trying to create something genuinely interesting. It’s still incredibly useful software, and we’ll be using it for years to come, but it’s amazing what we can do, and quickly, on MVC type frameworks. With websites turning more and more into full blown applications we think this is the way forward.
Q) What do you like most about being at LSP?
A) The people who run it, of course 🙂
A huge thank you to David for sparing us 5 minutes to learn a little bit more about his life. If you’d like to find out more about Interconnect/IT then you can visit their website here!