Knp. Research engine.

Jan 10, 2011 − Two months ago, we announced a big news: that our friday afternoons would be dedicated to R&D. I was very happy to see a lot of interest from our team as well as the community. But what now?

Previously in Knp…

Two months ago, we announced a big news:
that our friday afternoons would be dedicated to R&D (see this article in french) and projects coming from the team (open-source symfony2 bundles, testing new technologies, internal tools, improving the methodology, SaaS…).
I was very happy to see a lot of interest from our team as well as the community.

As you can imagine, this was a hard bet for a young company.
But still, this was what we believed in: innovation, excellence and open-source.
And with so much awesomeness in the team, we knew this was a good idea.
So we did offer everyone here one afternoon a week to work on “Knp initiatives”: their ideas, their projects.

First report.

After two months, we are still in the first steps and there is still a lot to do: improve the communication amongst ourselves, work on smaller projects first… And we are adressing these issues − because this is definitely worth it:

  • for the team who can work on projects they love and pursue their ideas,
  • for the company who can show what we are capable of via our open-source projects,
  • … and for the symfony community who can benefit from our work (or so we hope).

Knp. Research engine.

That was two months ago.

Well now we want to say that it is not enough for us: it’s time to go all in.
We are going to give more to try building a better company;
We want KNP to become a true open-source actor − and I don’t mean only with Symfony;
We want the best developers from all over the world to join the team (if you feel you should be working with us: we are hiring;
And more importantly, we want our team to be happy − hey, it’s so much pleasant to work with happy people!

So from now on, a part of the team will have one third of its time dedicated to R&D. Yep, one third. That’s a lot.
With this, we sincerely hope to make a difference − both for us as a company, for personal fulfillment in the team and for the open-source community.

People here are already very enthusiastic, so expect to hear from us and wish them luck!

Matthieu.