Pioneering low-code: Mendix CEO on growing a business in the US Credit: Credit: Mendix
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Pioneering low-code: Mendix CEO on growing a business in the US

Since being founded in 2005, low-code technology provider Mendix has proved it's worth as a pioneering company of a bourgeoning platform that struggled to gain traction in its early days. As a start-up organisation in the mid-‘00s, Mendix found it difficult to lure big-name customers to adopt low-code technology, which uses graphical user interfaces to automate many aspects of software development, without the need for rusted-on developers and streams of code. Despite this, they steadily grew their customer base and helped to forge the multibillion-dollar market that low-code is today.

Low-code (or no-code) seeks to put the power of application development into the hands of less technical users, in an effort to speed up application development cycles and solve the developer talent gap. As one of the first companies to offer a low-code development platform, Mendix encountered a range of challenges in establishing a market for their offerings. However, with the company's recent (USD) $730 million purchase by German conglomerate Siemens, and a low-code market that is only getting more profitable, Mendix appears to be on a healthy trajectory for further growth. 

Ahead of the company's annual Mendix World event in Rotterdam, we spoke to CEO of Mendix Derek Roos about how he initially managed to get Mendix off the ground and why he felt it was important to move his business from the Netherlands to the United States. Roos talks about the differences he found between operating in the US and Europe, and how Salesforce entering the market as a competitor of Mendix in the early days actually proved to be beneficial for his company.


When you first founded Mendix in 2005, what was the issue you were trying to solve? What was the market opportunity that you initially saw?

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Pat Martlew

Patrick Martlew is a technology enthusiast and editorial guru that works the digital enterprise beat in London. After making his tech writing debut in Sydney, he has now made his way to the UK where he works to cover the very latest trends and provide top-grade expert analysis.

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