They say organizations are organic (hence the “orga”, I guess). That’s one of those clichés that could be stapled right next to “people are organizations’ most important asset”. Except they aren’t. An asset, I mean. And if they are, that stands in direct contradiction with the organizations are organic stuff. But I digress…

Anyway, back on topic: organizations are organic; we believe they do evolve in an organic manner (if you let them) and so does Dalma. Our latest evolution is the following: we changed our name.

Well, half of it anyway. Dalma Systems is now Dalma Robotics (*fireworks*, *fanfare*).

Dalma Systems proudly presents…

They really don’t.

We are releasing the first traineeship opportunities at Dalma Systems! Details can be found on our website, but if you would like a little more context, check out the FAQ below.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is it and who is this for?

These are traineeships meant for enthusiastic young humans with MSc grades in mechanical or electrical engineering, and who would like to work alongside robots. You can check them on our website. You must be eligible for an IEFP traineeship!

Why young? Are you discriminating against older people?

We are not discriminating, but the truth is we are…

Not Great, Not Terrible | Issue 3

Having thoroughly exposed our assumptions and ideas for the First Wave of Hiring in Part 1 of The “People Market”, now we take up from where we left and let you know of the pains we experienced during that process, as well as our opinion about the “People Market”.

Illustration of “The Pain”.


Nobody knew who we were.

From day one we decided we would take care of recruitment ourselves in lieu of a recruitment agency/specialist. Not because we don’t believe in the process, or didn’t want to pay for it. At this early stage, we wanted to get feedback first hand and directly…

Not Great, Not Terrible Issue 2

The live humans market isn’t straightforward.

Let’s get out of the gates storming on this one: getting people to join Dalma proved an incredibly difficult and frustrating task, and that was (somewhat of) a surprise to us. While none of us are hiring specialists (whatever those may be), we are not newbies either, we’ve been involved in hiring processes several times in our past lives. This wasn’t exactly our first time around the block. So what happened?

The need for additional people had been well-identified for several months prior, but the lack of money — or rather, the lack of sure money — naturally had us…

Unconventional Ideas, Issue #1

Image by BC

Ever since Dalma Systems showed itself to the world we have been very open about our claimed full transparency and our “Zero Bullshit” approach to life in general. While the shift to transparency is not something new in the corporate world — plenty of other great companies advocate and practice it — it is still something fairly uncommon and thus causes quite the stir, as evidenced by the many encouragement and sympathy messages that we’ve been receiving. We are of course happy to be on the receiving end of such enthusiastic encouragement, but at another level…

Not Great, Not Terrible #1

3D printing isn’t exactly the latest news but it has matured into a very useful technology for businesses, research labs and makers at home. The prices have fallen as the accuracy and features have been progressively enhanced.

If you are interested in learning more about the history of 3D printing we suggest reading this article at 3DInsider:

Naturally, as a startup that also develops hardware, a 3D printer was an obvious priority in our acquisition list.

In this post we will go through:

  • What is the utility of a 3D printer for a startup like Dalma?
  • Specs we considered…

We’re making a note here: HUGE SUCCESS.

These last few days have been quite intense. Since we released our 1st Wave of job opportunities (fancy name for “We really need new friends. Please.”) we have been showered with lots of love. We’ll go right ahead and thank everyone who’s been applying to join Dalma Systems— the process is not over yet. Beside the applications, this first wave of jobs was the key for receiving excellent feedback from the community, and we intend to heed and integrate that valuable feedback into our 2nd Wave of Job Opportunities. …

(Versão em Português em baixo)

Dalma Systems home brew website is finally live and it features blurred stuff.

This will be a long text, but totally worth it (we hope).

After an initial period of incubation during which our interaction with the outside world has been close to zero, we are finally ready to let you in on some important news about Dalma Systems.

First of all, let us get something out of our chests: growing a bootstrapped company is not as fun and glamorous as the internetz would like you to believe. With the exception of a precious and strategic help from ESA BIC (brokered by Instituto Pedro Nunes, Coimbra), we have…

Dalma Robotics

We make robots for moving stuff around.

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