This week all the startups were asked to prepare a 30-second intro during their weekly deep dive. In this 30-second intro, it is necessary to be able to summarize what the product is and what it’s for. A useful short, to the point introduction to any meeting with a potential investor or client. Often we get lost in long introductions and wanting to tell people as much as possible about a product we are so passionate about, however, it is important to be able to pull that passion back just a little. This way the person we are talking to will have right away a more accurate idea of what we are going to present to them and, if needed, we can go into detail and get more technical about it all in a second moment.
The founder story of the week was by Connor Murphy a Managing Director of SAP.iO Foundry, powered by Techstars. He was also a CEO and founder of Datahug, which acquired by Callidus Cloud in 2013. Datahug was a collaborative forecasting and pipeline management solution that enabled sales teams to increase sales velocity and reduce pipeline risk. Connor’s story was representative of the ups and downs of entrepreneurship and the startup world.
Psycapps took the reins for this week’s family night. After drinks and snacks at their apartment, they brought the group to a Vietnamese restaurant where everyone was intended to mingle with people outside their team, with the classic move of a switch of seats. As the night went on with delicious food and drinks, it was time for yet another family night game. This time, it was about how well did people know their fellow team members, with a game of “Who is most likely to”. If someone did not guess correctly, they would be forced to take a shot of tequila.
Founder story with Anne Kjær Riechert, founder of the REDI School. The REDI School is an organization that provides an opportunity for educated refugees to get an opportunity to become active members of society, by providing access to tech courses to facilitate them the process of getting a job in their new country. The school is also open to locals, despite its focus on refugees. The REDI School is a non-profit organization, which works through volunteer teachers and the official language used within the school is English. There are different levels of courses offered. The main and original curricula are represented by courses for people who already have a background in tech or a university-level education; later, they introduced more basic, beginner courses mainly oriented towards women, who were often less skilled in Tech, but were interested in getting a jumpstart to work in Tech. These courses are often taught in foreign languages outside of English, because often times the women do not speak English, so former students of the school actually end up giving back by becoming teachers and then give classes in their native language.
Anne Kjær Riechert’s presentation emanated her passion for the cause, being that her ancestors, originally from Germany, had to move to Denmark because of political disagreements which endangered their lives. A lot of us actually come from a background, whether we are aware of it or not, where our ancestors had to move to another country, because of various reasons mostly related to wars or political discrimination. This to say we would probably all be a little bit more aware of the necessity of having programs like this if we just looked a little bit deeper into our history.
After the founder story, we headed out to the weekly family night, hosted by the Romanian startup Nifty Learning. They were the first startup to choose an activity for our family night series: bowling. They rented out a few lanes for the night and everyone who wanted to play was free to compete and all while being offered drinks, courtesy of Nifty Learning. It was definitely a fun night for everyone, even for the people who chose not to bowl.