The Story of NFQ Asia. From underground into the light.
Build the coolest, most amazing IT company in Vietnam. Our Dream. A laptop, a small bag and little money was all our Founder Lars brought 2015 with him when he landed in Ho Chi Minh City.
Our very first office in Vo Van Tan, Ho Chi Minh City had no windows, only the very first 5 software engineers. And we scored big, got the chance to work for a startup funded by Peter Thiel (Paypal Founder). No English language skills, the culture was difficult to understand and the friction working with a top tier US Startup challenging. But we fought through, tough fighting every day.
“Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place and I don’t care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard ya hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done!” ― Sylvester Stallone, Rocky Balboa
Fast forward, 5 years later NFQ Asia successfully built a great family of nearly 200 Rockstars located in Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang, and Bangkok. We did get recognition from the community (we are among the Top 15 Best IT Companies to work for, voted by the biggest IT community in Vietnam for 2 consecutive years; also listed by Forbes as one of the Top 10 Disruptive Technology Companies to Watch In 2019). And the best part, most of the first 5 are still with us.
We are misfits. Rockstars not only by the word but by the soul. We sing, we dance, we produced last year our first music video and our engineers did sing and dance. Our clients value us for our souls. We are neither cheap, nor perfect but we put our heart into what we do. And we deliver. Always.
2020 has been a tough year for everyone. It’s been challenging for us as well, however we are still here. Alive and kicking.
5 years is not a short journey, and without each and every single one of our buddies, NFQ wouldn’t have reached this remarkable milestone. Therefore, the 5-year anniversary party is a great opportunity for us to give the warmest thank you to those who have stayed with NFQ through all ups and downs.