On Thursday the the 27th of June, Berlin Lean Startup organized already the 21th Lean StartUp Meetup in Berlin. I had the pleasure to attend the meeting.Berlin-Startup-JUne

This time Gregor Gross was presenting the meeting. The meeting had different setup then last time.

The focus was 5x Crowd Advice and it worked as follows:

  1. Five startups present their business and the main challenge they face right now on stage in 5 min each.
  2. After each presentation, the attendants of the meetup get to write down and submit your feedback for the startup that just presented.

Unfortunately there was no time anymore to review the feedback and  announce the most helpful answer they got.

As I like to help startups with my experience, I tried to fill the papers as good as possible. Later I thought about the presentations a little more and discussed them with my crew in Poznan. I decided to write this feedback in the “Lean Startup way” on my blog.

Here you go, my feedback…

Sanjay Goel: Oximity.com

The idea/vision
(in the way that I understand it from the presentation):
The start up wanted to change the way we receive the news. In the traditional way of news providing is too much colored (political, PR etc) by the editors and publishers. The idea to centralize news supply worldwide with independent editors.

Positive
Oximity.com build up already an network of independent editors around the globe that covered the main languages for news supply.

Suggestion to improve
The plan may be too ambitions, the question is also who is waiting for this way of news supply. In my opinion independent news-supply is growing via social media. Take an example in the Arab Spring.

Pivot or preserve?
Definitely pivot. I suggest to create a Minimum Viable Product by providing the news, using existing blog software to collect users that like the product and find out what kind of needs they have in the new way of news supply.

Mathias Kahl: PixelSummoners.de

The idea/vision
(in the way that I understand it from the presentation):
Gaming is very popular under developers. The idea of this startup to combine crowd funding with game development and provide a platform where also gamers get influence on the development of games.

Positive
In my opinion crowd funding works the the best when a lot of potential clients are interesting in the new product. The Ouya, game console is an excellent example.

Suggestion to improve
I had the impression that the crew of PixelSummoners.de (but maybe I am wrong) love to develop games. It may help to create content for the crowd sourcing platform but I think creating a crowd funding platform for game developers is something else then game development.

Pivot or preserve?
Pivot, as I understand the entrepreneurs of PixelSummoners.de, have a scholarship for a year to reach product/market fit. I advice them to start with what you give the most change and pivot as long till you find the product/market fit.

Elad Leschem: PrimalShield.com

The idea/vision
(in the way that I understand it from the presentation):
PrimalShield.com wants to change the way we are buying our products and in the meantime save or respect our privacy. In stead off going to the (online) shops the buyer manage the products he wants to buy and the shop will come to this potential buyer with a (discounted) offer via the platform of PrimalShield.com. The users can manage the products he wants to buy on this platform. The personal data is safe and will not be sold.

Positive
There was a lot of positive energy in this presentation. If all the crew of PrimalShield.com has the same believe in their product it is good inspiration to make it working.

To be improved
Personally I think PrimalShield.com should clearly focus on “changing the way of buying products” OR “respect our privacy”, at least in their pitch.

Pivot or preserve
Pivot, find out if there is an audience out there interested in their product and focus in the Minimum Viable Product clearly on “changing the way of buying products” OR “respect our privacy”.

Digestible pet bottles

The idea/vision
(in the way that I understand it from the presentation):
The startup from Hungary developed an innovative pet bottle that will completely digested in soil after 4 months. No waste anymore. There is clear problem/solution fit although the product had its restrictions like it is made from food (corn), only small bottles are possible, price of production is not clear and the bottles will digest in 4 months so you can not keep your product for a very long time.

Positive
Their is a clear prototype that solves a problem.

To be improved
The product it selves has its restrictions that probably not possible to improve so easy. For me the most problematic is, that it is made out of corn. It means that takes away food ingredients out of the food chain even is it very minimal percentage of the total produced corn in Hungary. Probably 4 years ago when the startup started the research and development this kind of bottles were probably very wished. But now there is a discussion if it is wished to take food to make non food products, as the food shortage world wide will grow and besides the food prices are growing already massively.

Pivot or preserve
Preserve and scale  it. Unfortunately there is no product/market and this can only be tested without mass production. The company knows it and looks for an investor.

Tom Baeyens: Effektif.com

The idea/vision
(in the way that I understand it from the presentation):
Tom Baeyens is an expert in open source BPM and has the ambition to provide work flow to managers that want to organize events. No technical skills are required.

Positive
Tom got a lot of good feedback. He seems to be very open for it.

To be improved
I really like the idea but I don’t think managers is the right audience as the secretary is organizing events.

Pivot or preserve
Clearly pivot. Define a Minimum Viable Product and test the audience. Personally I am very interested to define a Minimum Viable Product with the marketing managers as audience. But I expect, many experiments to find product/market fits will be needed.

And then there was a little time for the Flea market on the end of the meeting.

The best was Sergey Soft from cleanberlin.org. I talked to Sergey before and he explained his business. As a winner of the Hacketon he was running a cleaning company.  Didn’t sound logical, later it turned out that he started cleanberlin.org and employed over 200 cleaners. It sounds great…. I expect he works very Clean & Lean 🙂

All together it was great evening and I would like to thank the crew of YouIsNow for the organisation.

If you would like to leave some feedback or you think my interpretation of your startup is not correct, feel free to add it to add a comment or contact me via the contact form.

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