So much has happened since we came back from Tenerife that it’s hard to wrap up everything I failed to write here. First of all – we’re still alive and breathing. Check. Much more than that, we are actually making a ton of progress on multiple fronts. So I’ll try to be extremely brief.
Here it goes:
We are in the process of raising our first round of capital for the SternenGalerie. We have always had the feeling that the idea from two years ago had the potential to grow into something much more substantial and now we are finally acting upon it. We started a couple of weeks ago to crunch numbers and put some brain-matter into what would actually be needed to scale the operation. We found great partners to work with on all fronts: A badass Marketing-agency, great investment-partners and a company of pyro-technicians for the execution of the fireworks themselves. The general feedback on the idea has been amazing and presenting the concept, we also got attention on the investor’s side. Of the many tasks that lay ahead, it’s getting urgent is to hire a sales manager and draft the marketing-strategy. We are pushing hard…
And speaking about Speakitt, I still owe this blog a Summary of the first Silicon Valley trip. I still remember writing the piece on our hopes and expectations of going there. Now I think it is fair to say that whatever I expected of the trip has been exceeded by far. Not only have people in San Francisco responded extremely well to our idea, indeed we managed to gather our first users for active coaching. Some of these users include CEOs from successful and well connected startup companies and might give us a bit of a head-start to the chicken-and-egg networking problem. Simon held a couple of workshops on the fear of public speaking and the power of overcoming limiting beliefs where we managed to herd more early adopters.
As far as networking went we hustled – and landed one big hit with SNP Communications. As the name suggests they are a communications company. We got the intro over our old content-writer who is now a full-time employee there. After talking to their CEO & President, they were in fact so interested in us that they offered us office space within their realm. More than that, they want to get us in touch with their customers – and they started with taking the boys to airbnb on the spot. SNP’s customer list is seriously interesting and if things do work out, we might get introduced to some pretty amazing people. But more on that, when the time comes!
That time however, might not be too far away! After they got back, Simon booked his second trip to the Valley – and touched ground in San Francisco an hour ago. This time it’s for 3 months and while he will be busy knocking down people’s doors, we will continue to develop the product from here and shoot out the working beta for first B2B coaching. The next few weeks will mean a lot for the development of Speakitt, but weirdly I am confident that we will see things happen. Our private-beta user base is still small, but we gain knowledge on how to steadily grow it and improve the product. Since we do Skype-calls with all our users once per week we seriously are in customer-development heaven. Now it’s up to us to use that.
We have set ourselves a roadmap to gather the first paying-clients within a couple of weeks. As soon as things get serious, I will put the news up here. Probably… 🙂