Also good to see Christian from Venista Ventures again and meet to meet Norman, innovator at Vodafone, for the first time. Looking forward to some good chats in the future. Now I somehow need to find out how I can get the inside view on the future of mobility from Norman. I am all in for an Idea Generation Workshop like I did with Nokia several years ago.
But back to the important point, the Startups. Diverse crowd to say the least. We started off with Marijan from Fizeau Ads, actually pretty similar to The DECK, with the added benefit to a bit more tech. He came over from Macedonia by car because he does not like to fly. 16 hours. :)
Nothing that will become huge in my mind, but it can become a good business with dedicated customers and partners. And I have to give it to Marijan, he kept up well in light of my grilling. After a bit of back and forth, it seems that they also built different RTB modules. The team can probably be thrown into an accelerator like SBC without idea and end up with something great.
Up next was Jan Hase from Scanny, a backend platform about rewards and points (in the abstractest case) and a first app in Scanny that allows you to get points by scanning products in a supermarket. Actually a really nice idea as a Haribo can send you around to get point by scanning their new product. Once you hold the product in your hand, you are a lot more likely to also buy it.
Then we went on to football with Stefan Lochner presenting his new startup that is trying to bring better game mechanics to the online football games, other sports coming in the future. He has already made inroads with some players who want to support the platform, which is what makes this really interesting.
Last but by far not least was Labbler. Slava, one of the founders came over from Russia to present and with their small team they really built something impressive. Now the question becomes if they will get traction. I will leave it to The Next Web to explain it all. You can also sign up right now. I’d say, to be watched.
All in all a great event taking place at Osborne Clark, thank you for hosting us. I am looking forward to the next event.