It all started back in 2005. I was a law student, renting an apartment with my roommate and living a typical student life. Designer by nature, I was constantly looking for creative jobs in IT and mostly finding web design gigs. Back then, finding freelance work wasn't easy and even when I did, these jobs weren’t paid well.
One evening I noticed my roommate got all dressed up, in a fancy white shirt and black pants. He looked funny in it. He looked like a waiter, or a bartender. In fact, he just became one; he got a bartending job in a newly opened, fancy casino. Back then, I knew nothing about casinos, nor did any of my friends. My roommate was my first connection to this industry.
Weeks went by and my roommate kept telling me about his new job and its pretty decent salary. After thinking about it, I decided to try and get a job at that casino, so I could make some extra money too. The only open position was a bartending night shift. I was not confident in my bartending skills since I’ve never done anything similar before, but I needed the money and I was pretty sure I would learn everything quickly.
From the moment I started, I could tell I was gonna be the worst bartender ever. I was right. I was the worst bartender in the world. I had no clue about different kinds of drinks, so one time I served an expensive cognac with ice, thinking it’s the same as whiskey. I would fall asleep at the bar whenever it wasn’t busy and naturally they would see it on the cameras. One time I was caught at the bar doing my freelance web design stuff. After only 20 days on the job, I decided this was definitely not for me. I decided to quit.
As I was leaving my night shift, I saw one of the bosses drinking his morning coffee in the downstairs casino lobby. He had heard the story about the new guy, caught with his laptop at the bar and he asked me what was that all about, and if knew anything about building websites. I knew some web design and they needed someone to build a website for their business so they could move into the online space. Completely unexpected thing happened: instead of quitting, I got offered a promotion at their Headquarters.
When I stepped into their amazing HQ, with hundreds of computer and TV screens and busy employees running around, my first impression was overwhelming. I felt I belonged there, certainly not in the bar. I had my own desk, a new laptop and I started learning everything about the world of online gambling.
This was a whole new, unexplored space for me, so I spent my days and nights researching about online casinos, games, online marketing etc. I felt that combining my design skills with huge resources this company had, would make us the best business in that space.
Being curious and entrepreneurial by nature, I started discovering things I was sure I could easily do on my own. I saw many popular websites that promoted casinos and I was 100% confident I could do it better, using my skills, experience and the knowledge I gathered working in this specific company.
I started building my own website, mostly focusing on design, since that was my most valuable skill. Few weeks later, I launched AskGamblers.