Yet another amazing StartupDojo kicked off October 26 at FooCafé, and as usually there was a big crowd of startup entrepreneurs. The StartupDojo crew at place starred me, David Dagbor and Victoria Palyenkova. Missing was Erik Starck. This evening we tried out a new concept with short inspirational startup speakers on two different topics but in the end there were some similar messages in the talks – follow your path and use your gut feeling!
Andres Rearte, a music producer from Los Angeles now living in Malmö, that also has a wast experience from sales- and marketing talked on “Ready, Fire, Aim” – about taking action – don’t wait, do it!. Keep focus on what you’re good at, your strengths, and find someone to do what you’re not so good at. His ABC is: A Knowledge, B Balance, C Team. Sales is a necessity for success of your startup and business, and you have to find a way to like it, some stuff you just have to do. If it’s just impossible for you, hire someone to do it for you. Good health is a foundation to run your startup so get good habits with eat, sleep and exercise. And remember to be grateful for what you have.
Steve Jennings, a serial entrepreneur and is now focusing on building better business by participation commerce in the newly founded company Better. It’s about participatory innovation and an interface to engage and have a dialog with new tools that they’ve developed. And is still developing. One of the big companies that are on board is LEGO, the Danish brick building toy company. IKEA is another one, and more companies are to be presented.
After two engaged and inspiring speakers the Dojo startup pitches begun. Purpose of the Dojo is to help startups to get started or to move on if/when they are stuck in moving their startup further. It’s all by entrepreneurs by entrepreneurs helping each other in different ways, depending on the need. The five pitchers were:
1. Niklas Höglund pitched the idea about the #DigiTechStuffSe that’s about combining, in collaboration with others that are interested in the world of hard and software tech, an totally new, groundbreaking event next fall. This will be built around smaller events taking place the year to come, with different perspectives on Digitechstuff such as from Women In Tech, Leadership, Startups, Lifelong Learning etc. More to come soon but you can already now start following #DigiTechStuffSe on Facebook.
2. Anton Liljegren was up next talking about how his startup is building a platform to have a rating system for e.g. kite instructors, and where instructors may talk to each other to help you improve e.g. your surfing. It would also be a CV/base for instructors that travels and for people to find one that has a good reputation. Reviews are peer based.
3. Kiran Mysore from DataCrew was looking for help to define a target market that would benefit from his platform that consolidates data from large public databases.
4. Victor Bonilla was telling about process made with his robot that is to be used in schools for interactive learning. More to come. Congrats to the steps moved forward!
5. August Bering showed us his new device for putting on your drumsticks to bring with you in your pocket and by connecting it to e.g. Garageband on a MAC. Your will then get the full experience of playing the drums by only adding the pocket size devices to the drumsticks. He calls it FreeDrum. He got an immediate response from Andres, that was to help him to further develop and help with marketing and sales.
Pitches were followed by meeting each and one of the pitchers for personal feedback and help to move forward with their startup. After some pizza and beer, made possible and I include a big thank you to Michael Tiberg, founder of FooCafé for sponsorship, we continued all gathered together for some final summing up and for the pitchers to tell their next step to be taken. We wrapped up the evening and once more concluded that it had to be considered as another successful evening at the Dojo, and people were still there when I left at a little bit after 9 pm. (Official ending is 8 pm)
Next startup dojo is as usual the last Thursday of the month, in November that is the 26th at 1730-2000, at FooCafé. This will also be the last Dojo for this year. Will I see you there?
At the keys with all the best to you,