Let's welcome the Old Street Solutions Team to Florida! They are visiting the area after participating on Atlassian Team'22 and they would love to meet our community members to have a good time. Don't miss it!
Chris Cooke and Jacek Debiec will visit Tampa, Orlando and Palm Beach. This is a casual Atlassian event.
Old Street Solutions
Old Street Solutions
Co-Founder and Hip Hop Artist
“If we’re not making mistakes, we’re not trying hard enough.”
Although Chris Cooke was always pretty good at rugby (being in his words “f***ing massive”) he was much more comfortable hanging out with computers than jocks. After growing up watching his dad work far too hard, he decided he wanted to have his own business and do things differently.
Chris founded three successful startups in Thailand: one was a Scuba Diving School/ Eco-Tourism company dedicated to saving turtles. Once he’d saved enough turtles, he moved back to the UK to pursue his dreams in software.
It was while working for the Atlassian Platinum Solution Partner Clearvision that Chris met Jacek. The two decided there was a gap in the market for easier-to-use Atlassian tools for Jira and Confluence users who don’t have a clue how to code (of which there are many).
“No one cares about your sales pitch if you can’t solve their problem.”
Jacek Debiec is one of those entrepreneurial types who tends to see rules and limitations the way a bull sees a red cape. Determined to have his own business since he could say ‘business’, Jacek started an airport pickup service at university and later a coffee company importing coffee from Vietnam to Poland. This was in between working for Google, Clearvision, and the gaming industry.
However, these were employed roles that weren’t doing much to feed his entrepreneurial spirit. While working for Clearvision, Jacek gravitated towards Chris because of kindred energies and matching ambitions. He wanted to be the person who could help big enterprises extract more value from their apps, and convince all their stakeholders of the same. As a result, he ensures alignment of our products and our customers’ processes.
In his spare time, Jacek is a keen surfer who once had to wrestle a giant, man-eating crab off his board.*
*Fact check: the crab was only a little bit larger than usual, pinching Jacek’s little finger doesn’t mean it ate people, and flicking it off his board probably isn’t ‘wrestling’.