Dom and I met up at Google Campus for the 6th Don't Pitch Me Bro organised by the 3 Beards.
Don't Pitch Me Bro is a London startup event where startups pitch their idea, product or service and seek feedback through constructive criticism.
We grabbed some of the food and drink that was there. This time is was London Meantime IPA and a Chipotle burrito to then head over and start listening to the presentations.
Here's what I thought of them:Leaderboarded
First up was Toby Beresford from Leaderboarded (http://Leaderboarded.com
). Toby demoed the product describing it as a tool for managers to boost the productivity of workers through encouraging competition in the form of Leaderboards.
I thought that the best way to describe it would be "gamification for the office", I could see that if the product matured and the design was thought through a bit more that it could potentially be a tool for sales or customer service managers alongside Basecamp or whatever toolset they use. Contract Hub
After that, Kieran Dowling, the founder of Contract Hub was up. Describing itself as "an online platform to manage supplier contracts more effectively and efficiently." I've never had to worry about contracts, I mean I've never signed a utility bill, but it seemed like a good product that could save businesses or home users time in finding better prices for contracts such as gas.Signkick
Sebastian Heijne & Tobias van Amstel presented Signkick, a simpler and easier service to purchase billboard space in London and across the U.K. This is now a startup I'm going to be watching.
Everywhere we are surrounded and bombarded by advertising billboards, bus stops, train stations yet it is very inaccessible due to high costs to advertise in these locations.
Signkick have created a system that makes it accessible and affordable for anyone to purchase these types of advertising spots. This is a definite disruption within the advertising sector. With the system that they have created, small businesses are able to access advertising space that was previously held back with high barriers to entry.
I was also impressed with the ability at checkout to either:
- Upload my own designs.
- Ask Signkick to refer a graphic designer
- Request Signkick to create a design for me for a flat fee of £100.
The entire product seems focused from start to finish to help the David with a system that previously only Goliath would have been able to purchase.Photoshoot
The final startup to pitch was Photoshoot, an app that if described simply would be "Instagram meets Quora for fashion". Users are encouraged to take photos of what they are wearing and then tag parts of the picture with the different clothes they are wearing. I thought the idea was feasible, there was no demo, however slides of the planned UI were displayed, which looked overall polished.The End