Meet the Startupbootcamp Berlin Teams: Credport

Meet the Startupbootcamp Berlin Teams: Credport

05-Dec-2012 by Startupbootcamp

This is the fifth 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 gentlemen from Credport, a dynamic duo who came to Startupbootcamp Berlin from USA and Germany.

About Credport

Nam and Connor, young founders of Credport, embody the bastion of exceptionalism and self-determination that defines Startupbootcamp. Rather than follow the educational paradigm of four to eight year in college with eventual deposit into a cubicle, the two friends decided to forge their own path, proving their exception to the rule.

Nam grew up in Berlin within a Vietnamese family, and won a prestigious scholarship to study at Boston University. He met Connor on his first day there, when the two learned that they would be rooming together. They soon discovered that they could easily spend 24 hours a day in the same room, and before long, they started exchanging ideas they could pursue together. Stemming from Connor’s love of efficiency and stories of friends’ frustration, they thought of ways to make application processes easier. But when they read an article about an AirBnB host’s apartment getting utterly trashed, they became inspired to create a better online trust system. If only people had a way to really trust a stranger they meet online, they thought, then the world could enjoy much greater efficiency of the sharing platforms that currently exist, i.e. renting out cars and apartments. In order to transform their idea into reality, Nam and Connor went against nearly every piece of conventional wisdom, declining tempting internship opportunities from companies like Facebook, and then dropping out of college to dedicate all of their time to developing the idea, which they named Credport.

Nearly three years after their first day of college, now halfway around the world, the two are still roommates.

Connor

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

The biggest lesson I’ve learned is just how important people are. The connections from SBC have helped us a ton, but also just being in an environment and working with people you like is really great. I think it’s a bit of a general thought shift away from “being smart and using science is the best” to a more people-centric approach to the world.

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

My personal biggest motivation was just a love of efficiency. We said, “wouldn’t it be cool if the world worked a certain way that would save people so much time and money as well as connecting strangers?” I’m not sure if that’s really the best motivation, but at this point I figured I had nothing to lose by trying.

There’s a whole host of other benefits like being able to play FIFA in the office, having complete responsibility over your own success, and in general living a pretty awesome life, but for me it was mainly about doing something meaningful.

3. Will you stay in Berlin after SBC?

Another thing I’ve learned is that it’s pretty good to be flexible, but I think we’re going to stay in Berlin. There’s just a certain vibe about the city, as well as being Nam’s hometown, and the people here are great. Heading home to the US for Christmas, but I’ll be back 🙂

Nam

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

Shit is hard and have some fun. We have this awesome luxury of being able to do what we love and that is something I will never forget. (See: http://37signals.com/svn/posts/3324-commercial-freedom ). Opportunities are great, sometimes too great that you think you have to work 12 hour days every day. Keeping a normal life is hard, saying no to friends hurts, but don’t let the work overwhelm you.

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

Sounds cheesy, but the fact that what we do can change the world. As mentioned above, we have this absolute luxury and sure thing we could make loads of money doing other stuff. But being able to just build something that you want to be there is amazing. It is even more amazing if you can make your dent in the universe (http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6099/6334400865_d0d38ba7af_z.jpg) If we can make people trust each other more and facilitate some amazing interactions, that’s a dream come true right there.

3. Will you stay in Berlin after SBC?

Yes. My Moms food is pretty good. Talk about Lean Startup right there. But apart from that, Berlin is an awesome city. Sure the scene is great, but first and foremost, I’d like to work where I’d like to live, and Berlin is clearly up there.

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