Currently, I’m one of the three partners in Aiwos BV. We build websites, online forms, and platforms for different national and international clients.
That takes up most of our time, but when there is some time left, we write tutorials about open-source software and develop our own plugins.
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Aiwos is an Indo-European word that means both lifelong and eternal. My wife is a philologist and provided some background on this double meaning and the etymology of the word Aiwos.
My holding Pojechali BV owns one thousand of the three thousand shares in Aiwos BV. Pojechali! is an informal Russian phrase freely translated as ‘Let’s go!’. Just before the Russian astronaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human to enter space, he said: Поехали!. In Dutch, you write Поехали as Pojechali, in English it’s usually written as poehali or poekhali.
The third partner who officially joined in 2020 is René Serier, with his holding Deugae BV. Deugae means ‘Keep on going‘ or ‘Go for it!‘. In Dutch you would say ‘Doorgaan!’. Deugae is used in the dialect of the beautiful southwest province of the Netherlands: Zeeland. Fun fact: in 1643, Dutch cartographers named New Zealand (Nova Zeelandia) after the Dutch province of Zeeland.
Clients and future
We currently work for international clients as the Bertelsmann Stiftung, and Dutch clients like SLO (the national institute for curriculum development in the Netherlands), the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, and the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport.
Besides the work for our clients, we’re working on an international strategy to share our knowledge and help other developers to build better tools based on the open-source software we use.