Meet the Startupbootcamp Berlin Teams: Spotistic

Meet the Startupbootcamp Berlin Teams: Spotistic

05-Dec-2012 by Startupbootcamp

In this blog series we will introduce the entrepreneurs of the Startupbootcamp Berlin teams to you. Learn more about what motivates them, what they have learned during their time at SBC and whether they will stay in Berlin or not. Let’s kick it off with the guys from Spotisitc, who moved to Berlin from France.

About Spotistic

It is not common to meet three young guys who are convinced that they have the best jobs in the world. Let us introduce you to Victor, Maxence and Danny, the hard working entrepreneurs behind startup Spotisitc. Victor and Maxcene were working on an idea while attending university in Paris. They were so passionate about what they were doing that they didn’t even realize that they had just started their own company.

Startupbootcamp Berlin brought these two amazing French engineers to Berlin, and introduced them to the home-grown Berliner Danny. Danny is very business oriented and joined the team as a co-founder. Even tough Victor is not the biggest fan of the Berlin weather, they are all planning to stay in Berlin after the program ends. Lets hope they’ll have a bit more time after SBC to enjoy the city and some minimal techno.

Get to know the guys behind Spotistic and read about their experiences at SBC in the interviews below:

Victor

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

We had pivoted 4 times since our arrival at Startupbootcamp to finally go back to the original idea with a different pitch. Now we are much more confident and people believe in us!

-> Lesson : If you are not 100% confident with your pitch, you need to fix it asap. Otherwise, you have really difficult times.

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

I had worked in a huge company before, but in a team of 10 people. It was great times, because these people were so smart and cool and we worked on our own projects/ideas. I thought that the best way to work with smart people I would really like was to hire them, and obviously the best way to work on my own ideas at my age was to found a start-up!

3. Will you stay in Berlin after SBC?

We will stay in Berlin. Million of reasons : It is cheap, the startup ecosystem is great, we have just hired a co-founder from here, I did not have time to visit during SBC, I love minimal techno, the weather is great (bullsh**)

Maxence

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

What I find great in SBC and in Berlin in general is the atmosphere. When we were in Paris few months ago it was completely different. Even if we had our desks in a famous university we felt like we were alone. The startupers in Paris don’t talk too much and the community is so small… People stay away from each other, don’t really share their experience. Here in Berlin we’ve met so many people in few weeks and everyone tries to help and make the community bigger and stronger. There’s an amazing momentum!

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

When I realized that I was starting my own company it was actually too late ^^ But it came out naturally. We were working on an idea. Our universities allowed us to work on our project instead of the final internship. So it was perfect for us. We are young and have nothing to loose! And when I see how I’m passionate about Spotistic and what we’re doing here, and when I compare to my friends working for some big companies, I know that I have the best job in the world! Working for your own idea, taking decisions on the strategy, building a long-term vision… All this is really exciting!

3. Will you stay in Berlin after SBC?

So yes! After SBC we plan to stay in Berlin. The city is really amazing not just for a startup. It’s great to live here especially when you’re 23. Berlin is exciting and we’re working too hard at the moment to really enjoy it, but I hope I’ll have more time after SBC. And a lot of things are evolving right now, people come from far away to build something here. I want to be part of it as well!

Danny

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

Everything is possible. It feels that the prepared mind really finds great opportunities and it’s where serendipity happens. I realized that I want to be part of a great team particularly strong on technical capabilities as my focus is more business orientated. SBC brought 2 amazing French engineers into town, and helped us connect.

2. What was your personal motivation to join a early stage startup?

For me, every other career path is no option. I best bring in my strengths and capabilities when I feel ownership, responsibility and drive to something bigger. It’s nothing I can find either in consulting or larger corporations.

3. Will you stay in Berlin after SBC?

Startups do not succeed alone. It takes a village to raise a child and it takes an ecosystem to create a startup. I assume that people will tell us 10 years from now on why haven’t you been in Berlin at this particular moment in time. It feels special, unique, outstanding to be in Berlin (as a home-grown Berliner). I think of Berlin as a startup by itself as it has been changing a lot recently.

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

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