Polish tech firm named after Filipino tree opens Makati office

By Edd K. Usman

Two Polish nationals, who named its technology company after a native Filipino tree, opened a new branch in Makati on October 24.

Lingaro co-founders and co-CEOs Romek Rogucki and Sebastian Stygar. (EKU)

Lingaro co-founders and co-CEOs Romek Rogucki and Sebastian Stygar

Named after the Lingaro, a native tree with juicy and plump fruit, the technology company focuses on providing business intelligence software solutions for enterprises.

While looking for a name for their company, its two co-founders and co-CEOs did a Google search and stumbled upon Lingaro on Wikipedia. Both founders liked it, said Romek Rogucki, who is Lingaro’s co-founder and co-CEO, a position he shares with Sebastian Stygar.

“We found this name actually in a dictionary and we found that it’s a fruit from the Philippines. So, we said, like, ‘OK, great.’ It’s a fruit from the Philippines, easy to pronounce in various languages,” Rogucki said.

But the tree isn’t the only Filipino connection to the two Warsaw residents. Besides being frequent visitors to the Philippines, both also worked with Filipinos before in some companies.

In 2005, Rogucki married a woman from Cebu, Lei Malilong, and they have two kids.

“We are very excited on a personal level, we come here a lot. My wife is a Filipino from Cebu, so I am very sentimental about this country,” he added.

Both of Warsaw, Poland, they launched their new office before Manila journalists and bloggers at the 41st Floor of Philamlife Tower.

Rogucki added that business intelligence is making waves in the United States and in Western Europe.

“​Business intelligence…​is basically the kind of systems that big corporations use, those systems collect data from various sources and then allow people and companies to get insights​ (for making decisions),” he explained.

Based on data provided by customers, the company can “build analytics (for them)…for cost-saving opportunities, or revenue-generation opportunities,” Stygar explained.

Besides serving global customers — including those from Warsaw and Manila — the company also creates chatbots and apply machine algorithms to build a specific software.

Lingaro entered the Philippines four years ago and now has around 400 employees, 43 of them Filipinos as the Philippines is the second biggest location of the company.

He added they have multiple locations in the United States and Western Europe, where most of its customers come from.

Lingaro plans to acquire small companies which are in CRM (customer relationship management) and e-commerce so Lingaro can grow not only organically but also through expansion.

In 2016, Lingaro’s overall revenue was at P820 million, an amount it intends to grow to P1 billion in 2017. For the Philippines, its 2017 target is P75 million.

The Polish company aims to double its P25 million in the Philippines in two years and add 50 more employees. Lingaro also eyes an infusion of private capital.

In 2015, Lingaro notched the 72nd spot on the list of Forbes Magazine’s Polish companies with the fastest value growth. And in 2014, Procter & Gamble recognized Lingaro as “the only IT company to receive the External Business Partner Award.

“For four years now, Lingaro Philippines has been in the business of enabling companies to succeed in the marketplace by turning data into actionable insights that bring tangible results,” said Rogucki.

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