20 years of XLAB

2021 is a special year for us. XLAB is celebrating its 20th anniversary. A lot has changed since 2001. Take a trip down memory lane - and celebrate with us!

How it all started

Every story has a beginning. Ours didn’t start in a garage, but in a small room with non-functioning air conditioning. After graduation, the two friends Jure Pompe and Damjan Pipan decided to blaze their own trail. Damjan’s brother Gregor Pipan, who at that time worked at the leading Slovenian scientific research institute Jozef Stefan, decided to join them. Being an active skydiver, he thought to himself: ’’This is just not enough adrenaline. Let’s start a company!’’ They gathered a few friends and a few friends’ friends. And the rest is history.

What it looked like

They didn’t have much, but they had what mattered most: knowledge, zeal, and vision. They knew they wanted to work with the best companies, research institutes and universities in the world. And they knew they wanted to get there through teamwork. The offices and the first business trips looked very different, but the mission of persistence, excellence, and belief in the importance of teamwork remained the same.

Where it all brought us to

Fast forward 20 years, XLAB has grown into a global company, employing 120+ people, working with leading companies and research institutions all over the world.

150+
international partners
37
awards and recognitions
66+
scientific articles published
MILLIONS
of happy ISL Online users
9000+
XLAB T-shirts given away
55
xChallenges, xSailings and xParties
85+
babies born into xFamily
ZILLION
lines of code written

Things we learned along the way

Put your values at the heart of it all.

"We often talk about our values – not because we have to, but because we live by them. Values guide our decisions and the way we work."


Gregor Berginc, CEO

Nothing beats the power of teamwork.

“At XLAB, we encourage open communication, collaboration, mutual trust, and together we strive for continuous improvement. Our team leaders motivate their team members to achieve ambitious goals and support them in their professional and personal growth.”


Jure Pompe, Co-founder & MD

Nothing beats the power of teamwork.

“At XLAB, we encourage open communication, collaboration, mutual trust, and together we strive for continuous improvement. Our team leaders motivate their team members to achieve ambitious goals and support them in their professional and personal growth.”


Jure Pompe, Co-founder & MD

Passion and teamwork, combined with dedication to excellence, lead to success.

It’s not about the awards. But that doesn’t mean it’s not exciting to get some, either. Here are some of the awards and recognitions we’ve received along the way.

Professionalism and the ability to have fun are not mutually exclusive.

As zealous advocates of the ‘’work hard play hard’’ philosophy, we have to say: sometimes, you just gotta turn off the computer and take time to enjoy the ride.

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But most importantly, we learned that:

To build something great, a lot of pieces have to fall together. But every piece counts.

Thank you for being a part of our story

Even though every piece counts, what matters most is PEOPLE. To all our past and present coworkers who have contributed to our success through dedication, perseverance, and drive. To all those who have left their mark in some way. To all our partners and customers who have been and continue to be an important piece of our unique puzzle. We thank you for your valuable contributions from the bottom of our hearts!

#XLAB20years

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