Meet SiriusLabs, the product design company working to change the face of Nigeria’s software solutions and digital products scene
In as much as quality is relative, there is a popular belief that products or services made in Nigeria are not made up to the standards set by the West. However, SiriusLabs seeks to change this by building properly structured systematic software solutions and digital products that can last for over a decade. Sirius Labs is a 2 year old partnership incorporated in both Nigeria and the United States of America.
“SiriusLabs seeks to change this by building properly structured systematic software solutions and digital products that can last for over a decade”.
Originally founded by three members, the partnership has widened to include 5 founders, all with different specialisations. The five founders include David Alagoa, Head of Product and Design; Tunji Abioye, Head of Software Development; Bezaleel Ashefor, Chief Product Officer; Tobi Amos, Chief Technology Officer(CTO) & Aderinsola Akintilo, Chief Executive Officer(CEO). Together, this team of ninja mercenaries creatively disguised as engineers, designers and developers are looking to revolutionise the whole industry.
“We noticed that there was a certain stigma around digital solutions and software solutions in Nigeria and we’re looking to change that”, says Aderinsola Akintilo, the CEO of SiriusLabs. According to Derin, three of the five founders worked together at Gokada, where they realised a big problem in the industry — value and quality were generally overlooked. To solve this problem, SiriusLabs was born.
“Since we see ourselves as this group of guys who are always packing with creativity and drive, and we also have this experimental side of us where we constantly try new things, test it out, make mistakes, and fine tune it, we felt that the name SiriusLabs best represented us”
The company was named after Sirius, the brightest star in the Carnis Majora constellation. “Since we see ourselves as this group of guys who are always packing with creativity and drive, and we also have this experimental side of us where we constantly try new things, test it out, make mistakes, and fine tune it, we felt that the name SiriusLabs best represented us” says David Alagoa, Head of Product and Design. “The name also goes back to our mission statement of wanting to be the people who are shining the light on this type of industry in Nigeria and the world” says Aderinsola, CEO.
The founders liken themselves to scientists and consider experimenting and failure as part of the process to get the best quality and offer premium value. Currently, the company is fully self-funded but hopes to raise funding and equity for some of the products they create in the future. Originally focused on logistics, SiriusLabs has now diversified into offering software solutions and digital products for SaaS companies.
What does SiriusLabs have to offer? A team with a wealth of experience in a wide variety of niches. SiriusLabs is a “Jack of all trades, master of all”. In addition to their expertise, they believe that the best way to provide value to your customers is to know and understand your customers, who in turn need to know their own customers. To facilitate this, they conduct research before every project to ensure that all the relevant data is captured beforehand.
As a team that focuses on remote work and relies majorly on computers, the infrastructure, internet and electricity provide a challenge. To solve this, they have structured work to prioritise important tasks and set realistic deadlines. The silver lining to remote work for the team is avoiding a daily commute which encourages more productivity.
“Imagine a team of crazy geniuses constantly brainstorming and refining their processes to deliver the best products to their customers”
The greatest contributor to their success so far? They continuously refine their methods. “Imagine a team of crazy geniuses constantly brainstorming and refining their processes to deliver the best products to their customers, that’s what we are,” says David. The future for SiriusLabs is to diversify into other software solutions outside of SaaS. “One of the things we will actually do is influence social enterprises and give back to the community through tech. This is one of the true ways that we can grow this economy and help this country” says Aderinsola.
On why they decided to choose Brass as their financial institution, the founders explained that they trust startups based in Nigeria as well as other parts of the world. For example, SiriusLabs’ US company registration was processed through Stripe.