The Prezly mission
Prezly succeeds if you succeed in successfully reaching out to your influentials.
Everything we do is based on this: if we decide on new features or even when we write a blogpost, your success is at the base of what we do. We believe that the more our customers will succeed, the more we as a company will succeed. This means that we are in it for the long run. We will keep evolving Prezly the way you and your customers want it to evolve. Your feedback, your stories, your success matter most to us. They are at the core of how we are building this company and will keep building it in the future.
Jesse Wynants, co-founder
Where can you find us?
Follow us on Twitter for the latest updates: http://www.twitter.com/prezly
Why are we creating Prezly?
Jesse and Frederik have been working in advertising for a while and have seen people struggle with sending out press releases time and time again. The same problems recur: having to compress high resolution visuals so they can be sent in attachment, having to put files on an FTP and having to share the information with the recipients. It's a tiresome workflow that we felt we could greatly simplify. Not just for advertising agencies but for all organizations and people sharing information with the traditional press and bloggers.
So here, several months later, is Prezly. With this web service we are committing ourselves to simplify the above described process but also to improve it, to add extra value. We do this by providing detailed statistics of the recipients and viewers behavior, by adding social context to the press releases and by allowing clients to integrate a press room in their own website.
We are a team of three hailing from Leuven and Brussels in Belgium. Jesse and Frederik are longtime friends and partners in crime. They studied Communication & Multimedia Design together. Gijs they found via Google. Really.
We all have very rewarding jobs. Two of us in A-list Belgian advertising agencies, and Gijs in one of the leading web agencies. We love what we do but we also want to do more: learn new skills and try out different approaches. So we spend many of our evenings and weekends building Prezly from the ground up.
Code ninja and system architect
Gijs is the left brainer of the team. Our logic. After graduating as a computer engineer in 2002 he has spent the last decade honing his development skills creating web applications on open-source platforms.
Gijs is a natural entrepreneur running his own development firm DigitalBase and is active as a sales architect of a Belgian web agency ONE Agency. He is a code perfectionist and has some pretty crazy ideas on what makes great and solid software.
Gijs on the web:
Strategist and backend developer
Jesse is the one who came up with the actual idea for Prezly (it came to him in Zanzibar, no kidding). He is the product man, the one who's awake at night pondering about which would be the best route to take for Prezly.
Jesse on the web:
Interaction designer and frontend developer
Frederik designed this page. And all of the other pages on the site. He creates the general flow, makes the wireframes and pushes all the pixels around in Photoshop. He also does the frontend development.
Frederik started working in advertising when he graduated as a Master in Audiovisual Arts in 2006. He has been a frontend developer briefly before moving over to design and art direction. He works as user experience designer at advertising agency Famous.