The initiative was born naturally the moment I returned to Jujuy after having studied in La Plata and worked in Capital Federal in an IT company for 8 years.
I started working from home (using a dial-up connection) and soon after I rented a small office. An year later, I already had a work team with which we coded for a company in Buenos Aires. Back then, it was uncommon. The concept of remote work wasn’t established…
not even in a tech company.
As any tech entrepreneurship, it all started with borrowed chairs, with planks acting as desks, everything hand-made.
Unbeknownst to us, an entrepreneurship was born in Jujuy back then.
Little by little, in the following years, we began to grow and we outgrew that small office on Otero street so we rented an office in Ciudad de Nieva. I had already partnered up with 2 people for the company to grow, but it didn’t work out.
Since the beginning, we have been involved with UNJu (National University of Jujuy), giving courses to students and teachers, participating in some dissemination activities. Our bond with UNJu is still alive.
We were also part of ClusteAR’s constitution, the chamber that groups all tech/software companies in Jujuy and cares about being always visible as Jujuy’s IT industry in the rest of the country.
The company was formally constituted as an LLC in 2006. It was time to take a step forward and also look for new B2B customers that would allow us to grow and take up new challenges.
We have always been a company that took every positive aspect from the projects in which we participated and spread them internally so that we all improve.
In 2008, we participated in commercial trips to Spain, we managed to have 5 clients there… we were starting to play in another league…
until 2011’s economic crisis in Europe began… and heavily affected Spain.
In 2012 we certified ISO 9001 for our software development process, which allowed us to get to know each other more and to give meaning and purpose to what we did in a home-made way.
By that year, we were already 19 people working from Jujuy for the rest of Argentina and the world.
And we also started a massive asset training program for the 1st time…
20 students and professionals participated, and 5 were selected to enter the company.
In 2014, we started looking for a new place that could accommodate 50 people… and we found a shed… It was rebuilt to have a wall-less office… we had been renting big houses where we went from room to room… It wasn’t something designed for a software company.
After having a turbulent 2016 so much that we almost ceased to exist…
By the end of 2017, the we resumed activity but rethinking the business model, seeking more financial stability. We started with 6 people and, by the end of 2018, we were already 27 and in February 2019, after completing another training program called “Building My Future,” 16 new assets joined the company adding up to a total of 43.
Another important milestone also took place… the incorporation of a new partner that provides a new perspective to everything.
2019, a year in which we began another path to professionalize ourselves as a company, to rethink how to adapt to tolerate a more organized and systemic growth. We were selected to perform ‘HIT’, a training program for managers or business owners, new challenges arose… to the point that we redescribed our identity.. now we are BLIMOP… leaving behind everything we used to be and starting to think forward… without losing sight of everything we didn’t do well before so as to avoid making the same mistakes again.
This is how we arrive to 2020 with a new identity… with a new structure… but the pandemic arrived and we still managed to navigate through it without major shocks, CO-llaborating with customers, CO-operating with other companies like us, CO-nstructing new relationships.
Every person who has ever worked with us has been an important part of our history and we are glad to know that we have somehow contributed with their professional training.
We have also met many models and promoters of this activity such as Carlos Pallotti, Fernando Racca, Pepe, Anibal Carmona, Rodo, Paco, Gustavo Segnini, Pablo Mena, Carlos Acosta Parra, Rafa and Alberto and many other colleagues who have been able to motivate and advise “small” companies like ours to continue growing.
During all these years, we have been part of Argentina’s ICT industry… unknowingly doing our bit at the far end of the country that borders with 2 countries, but mentally always knowing that we had no limitations to be the company we want to be.