Meet the Startupbootcamp Berlin Teams: Brisk

Meet the Startupbootcamp Berlin Teams: Brisk

05-Dec-2012 by Startupbootcamp

This is the eighth post of our blog series called “Meet the Teams”. Learn more about what motivates them, what they have learned during their time at SBC and whether they will stay in Berlin or not. Today, we would like to introduce to you to the talented team from Brisk, who came to Startupbootcamp Berlin from the Netherlands.

About Brisk

Getting to know the Brisk team gives one the tantalizing feeling of having just gotten a sneak-peak of the future. The three founders, now expanded into a team of five, are creating a completely new technology that connects all internet connected devices instantaneously, enabling screen-to-screen sharing and launching a new generation of applications. True to their name, the startup launched with incredible speed. Ramon, Jim, and Marcus, having worked together since high school on a variety of projects, sparked the idea when they were building a multiscreen prototype for a large Dutch telecom company. The project called upon them to build an truly interconnected application, yet along the way they quickly ran into all sorts of practical barriers. By building the first version of Brisk, they managed to break down the ‘invisible walls’ that separate devices and delivered a revolutionary product to their customer. Inspired by the potential of Brisk, they decided to pour all of their efforts into developing the innovation towards a product, working at unmatched speed, given the threat that other teams elsewhere in the world might be working on a similar idea. With Ramon’s business drive, and Jim and Marcus’s development expertise, they rocketed into Startupbootcamp, with little time to spare, also adding Youri (front end developer) and Alejandro (writer, social media) to the team. Alejandro joined the team literally two days before the Startupbootcamp program began, and on the day the program started, the team bulleted in with a night train from the Netherlands. Now that’s brisk! Come meet this incredible team.

Ramon

1. What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned at SBC so far?

I have been surprised how easy it is to connect with people. Even the most busy and successful people are willing to take some time to talk or help out if you are able to catch their interest with a simple email.

2. What was your personal motivation to start your own company?

I like to be in charge of my own life and I love challenges. Starting your own company can be frightening and exciting at the same time. But for sure its never boring.

3. Will you stay in Berlin after SBC?

I will continue to visit Berlin often as we have built up a great network and some of us are going to be permanently based here. In the last months I have traveled back and forth between Amsterdam and Berlin a lot, and I guess there are a lot of new cities coming into the mix in the future. But as long as we are going to have our focus on Europe, Amsterdam will be my home town.

Marcus

1. What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned at SBC so far?

To get people on board as a tech startup, the two most important things are clear communication and a practical demonstration of your product.

2. What was your personal motivation to start your own company?

It’s surrounding yourself by people that challenge and inspire you, joining forces to build something you all think is going to be the greatest thing since sliced bread, and then set it loose upon the world. Who wouldn’t want to do that?

3. Will you stay in Berlin after SBC?

I will go back to Amsterdam after demo day but I will return to Berlin regularly.

Jim

1. What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned at SBC so far?

That success comes in waves.

2. What was your personal motivation to start your own company?

To do something of my own creates the possibility to push my own boundaries, constantly.

3. Will you stay in Berlin after SBC?

Yes I will , we’ve built a great network of people here so at least for a few months im going to stay.

Youri

1. What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned at SBC so far?

Working every hour you have is the least you can do.

2. What was your personal motivation to start your own company?

I actually didn’t start this company, so this question doesn’t apply to me. My motivation to join this company however, is to contribute in helping Brisk make the most out of it’s great potential and to work with the people that I appreciate dearly. On a personal level, being part of a rising company —and everything that comes with it— is an experience, both on a social and professional level, that I wouldn’t want to miss.

3. Will you stay in Berlin after SBC?

I won’t be staying in Berlin, I’ll move back to Amsterdam. On the other hand, plans can change rapidly (certainly when you’re part of a start-up), so who knows.

Alejandro

1. What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned at SBC so far?

I always thought an 80 hour work week was some kind of myth. It’s not.

2. What was your personal motivation to start your own company?

Well, it’s not my own company, but I think what really motivated me to join Brisk was the team. Apart from already being good friends, I admire the skills and perseverance of every single one of them. And multi-screen applications are just really cool.

3. Will you stay in Berlin after SBC?

Nope. I’ll be moving back to Amsterdam after Demo Day. Our company will continue to be based partly in Berlin, so I’ll probably be traveling back and forth a couple of times every month. Startupbootcamp Berlin is hosted by Webworker Berlin and is supported by Lindenpartners and Axicom.