Meet the Startupbootcamp Berlin Teams: Prizgo

Meet the Startupbootcamp Berlin Teams: Prizgo

05-Dec-2012 by Startupbootcamp

This is the ninth 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 team from Prizgo, who have come to Startupbootcamp Berlin from the UK.

About Prizgo

Like a buried treasure just waiting to be discovered, the idea for Prizgo was yet to be unearthed when Charlie and Dave first entered Startupbootcamp. At the time, they had put forth plans for a different startup, called Streetvite, which dealt with event promotion and meeting new people at fun places. Working previously as an economist for the British government, Charlie had grown tired of his repetitive role, and yearned to create something of his own. When he got the idea for Streetvite, he searched for a great developer, and found Dave through his connections. Dave worked as a developer for a university in the UK, and had grown equally tired of the standard 9 to 5 job. Yet when they brought Streetvite to Startupbootcamp, they found their idea a bit repetitive with those of other startups, and with the advice of mentors and Alex Farcet, they decided to pivot their idea. Many sessions of laying out ideas together and bashing their heads on the table scientifically led to the best solution: Prizgo, a nifty little B2B tool which allows companies to garner greater customer loyalty through rewards. Although a step behind the other teams, the two founders put forth a colossal effort to catch up in the past few months, and are now riding high shortly before demo day. Stemming from completely opposite personality types, Charlie and Dave work incredibly well together. Charlie is the more organized one, desiring clear schedules and despising disorder, while the more lovable Dave enjoys the relative chaos of their coworking space, flexibly rolling with whatever the day may bring.

Come meet these two Brits!

Charlie

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

It’s better to excel at one thing than be OK at everything.

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

Hard to pin down. It just feels right.

3. Will you stay in Berlin after SBC?

Yes for at least 3 months. Love the city, but mostly love how cheap it is 🙂

Dave

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

I learned a lot about myself and how I like to work. I realized that I don’t really like working to a fixed schedule, which I hadn’t known before because I had only ever had fixed 9 to 5 schedule. Working with a startup, you have total flexibility to you set your own hours. I would work at night for a week or two, then switch back to the daytime, sometimes work at work at home, then work at the office, then switch desks, then switch back. I never wanted to be in the same place all the time.

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

Charlie actually founded the company, but my motivation for joining him as a co-founder, was because I was bored with doing a 9 to 5 job, doing basically the same thing every day, and wanted to do something sensational. I wanted to have the freedom to work on my little projects and set my own hours.

3. Will you stay in Berlin after SBC?

Yeah, we are staying for a couple of months at least. We have a place to live already, and we have office space for a couple of months thanks to SBC. It doesn’t make sense to go back, where we’d be living in separate towns again.

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