Meet the Startupbootcamp Berlin Teams: Raidarrr

Meet the Startupbootcamp Berlin Teams: Raidarrr

05-Dec-2012 by Startupbootcamp

This is the seventh 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 incredible creators from Raidarrr, who have brought their sunshine to Startupbootcamp Berlin from California.

About Raidarrr

Magic… The mere mention of the word can elevate our minds to a whole new world, even for just a few moments. For Sherwood, a magical moment inside a California cafe transformed his life. While waiting for a friend to join him, Sherwood spotted a crumpled piece of paper lying on the floor and decided to open it. Inside, he found a love note scrawled by a presumptive young teenage boy to the girl of his dreams. The discovery made Sherwood smile, and took his thoughts back to memories of years before when he had been in the same shoes as this anonymous lovestruck boy. Five minutes later, his friend walked through the door and the moment vanished as quickly as it had come. Yet Sherwood never forget the experience. He started thinking about how busy everyone had become within the hyper-connected world and wondered if there might be a way for others to also discover magical moments just as he had. Sherwood’s thoughts led him to outline a concept called Raidarrr!, which places virtual boxes full of surprising, digital content in random locations throughout the world, just waiting to be discovered. But to implement his idea, he needed a great partner. Having worked worldwide as a designer, Sherwood went back to the city he knew best: Davis, California, and inquired at the University of California for their best programming student. Their pick, Luis, had no idea what was about to hit him. Deep in the middle of final exam stress and planning internships in Silicon Valley, Luis told Sherwood that he could meet for perhaps 15 minutes. The two ended up talking for hours. Thoroughly excited by the idea, they entered the Sacramento Hack-a-thon competition at which, much to their delight, they won 1st place. They wondered just how big their idea might become. Despite being neck-deep in his internship, Luis spent all of his free time developing the product while Sherwood searched for the best place to develop Raidarrr!. The Berlin boom beckoned and before they knew it, the two were accepted into the Startupbootcamp accelerator program. With just ten weeks of study and the remainder of his internship left, Luis put his university plans on hold to join Sherwood for their plane flight across the Atlantic. Nearly three months later, these two Californians have lit up Startupbootcamp with a magic of their own.

Luis

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

The biggest lesson I’ve learned in SBC so far is to try new ideas often, and if they fail, make sure they fail quickly and move on. Don’t spend too much time mulling over any single idea, analyzing every aspect of it. In the time you spend over-analyzing, you probably could have implemented and tested the idea and had concrete proof of its validity at the end.

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

In the last few years, I’ve been finishing up my college degree and seeing all of my friends graduate. Many of them go off and work for large companies, and in many cases I see them lose the passion for learning and creating that they had in college. After programming for a large company this past summer, I felt the same happening to me. So for me, starting my own company is about being able to have the flexibility to work on things that I am passionate about.

3. Will you stay in Berlin after SBC?

Unfortunately, I will not be staying in Berlin after SBC. I have three classes standing between myself and my college degree, so I am planning on going back to California to attend classes part time while I continue my work on Raidarrr.

Sherwood

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

Do first and think later.

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

Distaste for authority.

3. Will you stay in Berlin after SBC?

No.

Startupbootcamp Berlin is hosted by Webworker Berlin and is supported by Lindenpartners and Axicom.