The founder of a global Ruby-on-Rails developer proves that passion pays off

Virtualspirit, a Ruby-on-Rails development agency based in Malaysia, has started as an entrepreneurial one-man endeavor and slowly transformed into the leading Ruby-on-Rails agency in the country.


While it is often the founders of Fortune 500 companies who get to tell personal stories in lifestyle and business magazines, small businesses present an equal source of inspiration. No one becomes a success overnight, and small businesses like Virtualspirit are a great example of perseverance and patience, that can yield great results.


Virtualspirit, a Ruby-on-Rails development agency based in Malaysia, has started as an entrepreneurial one-man endeavor and slowly transformed into the leading Ruby-on-Rails agency in the country. The agency reported a notable increase in revenue last year. Most of this growth is based on the unwavering belief of its leader in his agency’s worldwide success.


“Starting a business is not an easy task, it requires planning in term of finance, business strategy, sales, networking and took me 2 years of planning until I decided to go into full agency mode. I truly believed that stepping out of comfort zone can make us see more things and help more people” , remarked Nicholas Ng, CEO of Virtualspirit.


A focus on teaching and providing knowledge has led to many agency’s students becoming agency’s clients. Codementor, Micromentor and platforms not only provided opportunities for sharing the knowledge but also brought new exciting projects to the agency from US, UK, Australia, Singapore and Malaysia.


Success also requires taking risky decisions and willingness to invest time and effort into skill development. The founder of the agency have made some surprising, but effective decisions in the past, having chosen Ruby on Rails as the major area of focus for the agency, whilst the rest of the market was pursuing Java and ASP. PHP. When the agency was started, there were not many Ruby-on-Rails projects and the demand for the skill was low. Nevertheless, the agency took the risk and became a go-to contact for Ruby-on-Rails project owners and a reliable source of technology knowledge for everyone else.


Nicholas Ng continues, “It is crucial that you don’t try to achieve work-life balance, rather follow your passion and if that means working 14-16 hours a day and sleeping in the office – so be it. If you’re enjoying what you do all those efforts pay off and become the small steps towards a larger goal”.


The agency predicts strong growth especially with the addition in services including app development through a growing number of highly competent industry experts. Further, in the spirit of diversity and keeping up with the times, Virtualspirit is also working on a new startup project where they plan to add more value to the event industry through a new event platform that adds emphasis on after-event engagement where attendees can stay connected and continue discussions long after the event has finished.


A clear vision, an unwavering passion and good people working with and behind a leader are key elements the Malaysian visionary deems important for success. Though there is still a long way to go for the Ruby-on-Rails company to dominate the world over, success stories are almost always a work in progress. Nicholas Ng and Virtualspirit is the epitome of the time tested formula for success that aspiring entrepreneurs can look up to, find inspiration and emulate.


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