Love, Peace & Harmony
Maria & James are the kind of people who enjoy life. They’re neither environmental activists nor feminists nor particularly politically correct. They live and work according to the motto "everybody’s different". They are warm, open, and helpful in their dealings with other people. In a world that sometimes seems to get out of hand, they radiate calm, reliability, and serenity.
Maria & James love their profession and practice it with enthusiasm and dedication, taking on one or the other role depending on the situation. Maria's repertoire ranges from carefree Lolita to dashing IT system administrator to femme fatale. James feels primarily duty-bound to the English servant tradition, but also knows how to make the ladies happy in the role of Casanova. All of it purely platonic, of course.
Maria & James stand for tolerance and against discrimination. But they also stand for self-respect. The tolerance that they show others is something they also demand for themselves. They will not apologise for how they live, how they act, or how they think.
We live in a time when respectful interaction between buyer and seller seems to have gone out of fashion. Many companies that are tuned for shareholder value take advantage of their market power and behave unfairly towards their suppliers: food corporations exploit farmers, fashion companies exploit seamstresses, travel portals exploit hotels, and streaming services exploit artists.
The freemium business model favoured by many VC-funded software companies doesn’t pass the fair-trade muster either. It seems unfair that a product is used by 90% of customers for free, in the best cases even demanding free support, and the 10% minority that rely on a few additional features are more or less forced to buy all the rounds.
With the widespread "penny-pinching is cool" mentality, more and more end consumers are killing fair trade too. All too often end consumers' appreciation for suppliers of goods and services fall by the wayside, and they are rarely prepared to pay a fair price.
Maria & James offer their customers a great product with high utility value, a bit of entertainment and one or the other bonus feature; in return we expect a reasonable salary.
Maria & James develop desktop assistants for PCs and laptops, helping IT and business professionals work in a more productive and relaxed way, saving up to an hour of working time a week.
Maria & James is more of a manufacturer than a start-up – their goal is to provide customers with a product that makes their everyday work easier and puts a smile on their faces time after time. The goal is not limitless growth for the company, but satisfied and grateful customers.
It borders on megalomania to claim that a personal desktop assistant is an adequate substitute for a personal flesh-and-blood assistant – but it, too, can noticeably relieve its "boss" of some of his or her daily tasks. It, too, can make someone laugh, give them a feeling of security, and sometimes even drive them up the wall.
Not everyone has the privilege of being able to fall back on a personal assistant. By contrast, a personal desktop assistant falls into the category of affordable luxury. For just a few euros a month, your own PC or laptop will have a good soul that will help you around the clock. The marketing department calls it “work/life balance booster”.