2015 is an important year for us – not just because it’s a milestone: it’s been five years on the dot since we announced ourselves to the world. Since then, we’ve added ~1200 people our community across four continents in StartupBus competitions. It’s been a long, strange trip – and we’re ready to go bigger than we have before in the year ahead. There will be several major announcements made in 2015 to mark this coming of age that started with the announcement of the community councils. Today, we’re making a key announcement that shapes the rest of the year:
StartupBus North America 2015
After considering many locations, we discovered an opportunity in Music City USA. We’re excited to head to Nashville, TN June 4-8 for the 36/86 Conference in conjunction with LaunchTN.
Elias, myself and the North American Directors recommended to the North America community council that it was time to move the North American competition away from Austin and the SxSW conference – for many of reasons – chief among them was the timing and the disconnect between the value and the cost for everyone involved.
After considering many locations, we discovered an opportunity in Music City USA. We’re excited to head to Nashville, TN June 4-8 for the 36/86 Conference in conjunction with LaunchTN. Nashville has welcomed StartupBus with open arms and cultivated a strong alumni network over the years. With recent news like Google Fiber coming to Nashville, you know there’s something brewing there. Nashville will play host in 2015 with the Grand Finals as part of the opening event of 36/86 – as well as new activities to be announced soon…
The most meaningful relationships that come out of StartupBus form by sharing a once-in-a-lifetime experience with the crazy people who are part of this truly unique community. This year in Nashville, we look forward to providing a new way for the alumni community and the general public to meet the newest members and be part of the activities that facilitate those relationships.
Applications will be opening soon – if you are not alumni, we don’t make it easy to get an invite – not impossible, just not easy. The easiest way to get considered is to pre-apply now. Once applications open, this option will be gone… We will be announcing the opening of applications shortly as well.
2015 is going to be an incredible year – are you ready?
The winner of the StartupBus Europe 2014 competition is Zumo!
Zumo was founded on the Greek bus and provides on-demand interactions using modern technologies like WebRTC. The typical use-case would be online retail shops like Zalando or Travelplanet24 having an “ask” or “help” button. Clicking the button would instantly open a video-chat or a chatroom with someone from the shop without the customer having to switch context and thus improving the customer experience.
We are “People of the Sun”, a solar startup founded by Allen Haroutonian, Jamie Madden and Simeon King. We have developed a whole new asset class powered by the sun & supported by technological advances that will deliver top tier returns to our investors…. the people.
Putting solar on your own roof doesn’t make sense for everyone, renters, people who live in apartments or homes not positioned for solar on their own roof, renting businesses or business without rooftops.
We have created an opportunity for anyone to invest in solar and help facilitate the mass rollout of renewables in Australia.
You might be asking why invest in solar, in a market where everything is going the other way. We have developed a method of harnessing the apathy, uncertainty, dodgy legislation and price fixing to make money for people who “Believe in the Australian sun”.
Our model works independently of government legislation on the Renewable Energy Target and is able to avert the influence falling feedback rates. And It’s is accessible to a wide rage of investors both locally and overseas.
Why? because we believe in the Australian sun too!
People of the Sun Launching @SydStart 2nd Sep 2014
Registration is now open for Diner Companion at www.dinercompanion.com.
Come and join us and take the opportunity to make valuable new business and personal connections, wherever you are in the world.
The Diner Companion team appreciates your support
Diner Companion changes your travel experience and provides an easy, convenient way for you to meet with other solo travellers.
Our vision is to eradicate loneliness from the world.
The Diner Companion app is an ‘Ice Breaker’ to connect you with Diner Companions matched to you via your location and user profile. Diner Companion creates and enables a social dining experience.
Once you have found a Diner Companion the app recommends venues for you to meet, connect, and unwind.
Diner Companion launches next week at SydStart. Get ready to download the app, connect and dine.
The Diner Companion founder team on the StartupBus are: Ken Taylor, Adam Whitehand, Karl Nelson and David Cristofaro.
Error pages suck, and no one cares. We’re here to change that. FailPages is turning the boring ERROR 404 into the highest converting page of your website.
Failpage turns error pages into meaningful customer experiences. It allows businesses to analyse metrics in order to improve conversion rates and customize error pages in order to increase brand awareness.
Thomas is the David Livingstone of the 21st century. Originally a full stack developer from Melbourne, he’s spent the last 4 years building and managing large trafficed websites across Africa Steph is a funky Parisian on exchange in Melbourne. When she’s not creating start-ups on a bus, she rambles down the streets taking pictures of quirky strangers for her photoblog “Gueules de Parisiens” (Parisian Faces). Dean is Digital marketing guru and always puts the team first. If he is not thinking of the next great marketing campaign you will probably find him surfing or out riding his bike.
Looking good without the hassle of shopping
Boys, is your favourite work shirt looking a bit threadbare?
Do you have a morbid fear of wearing the wrong tie?
How do you know that the mix and match collection of shirts and accessories actually makes you look professional and sleek?
Endress.me allows you to enjoy the benefits of having your partner (or more fashionable friend) help you choose what suits you, without the agonising mall experience of bringing them along.
Keeping up with style can be tough, but Endress.me offers a simple fashion subscription which allows your loved ones to help you look your best. Endress.me will ship a collection of clothes, curated by you and the people you trust, to your door just in time for that next important meeting.
Frank has this problem all the time. He has spent 7 years in a high powered corporate job and knows how important it is to look sharp. Jade has worked in many corporate environments surrounded by both poorly and well-dressed men, and would love to offer her fashion expertise. Endress.me allows Jade to help Frank out without following him to the store.
Introducing Team Le Spex
Le Spex came about when team member Imteaz was looking for a pair of glasses for himself. Having a slightly wide face, he realised that he had a very limited choice when it came to choosing glasses at the optometrist. He also has a fun, cool and quirky sense of fashion and style which makes him a bit picky when purchasing glasses. So where could Imteaz design, virtually try on and print glasses with his oddly shaped face and particular style?
Le Spex is an online service where consumers can customise their own glasses, try it on using augmented reality and order printed 3D glasses in a fast and efficient way.
The team formed on Day One of the first Pacific start-up bus after Imteaz pitched his idea about customisable 3D glasses to the bus. The international team consists of project manager, Imteaz (Australian from Bangladesh); designer, Pierre (French); marketer, Angela (Australian born Chinese); and programmers, Franck (French), Ricardo (Australian from Brazil) and Isabelle (Australian with Filipino/Belgian background).
Imteaz has been working at Reckitt Benckiser for 6 years and currently starting up the e-commerce channel for the company. He has been thinking of having his own start up and saw that the StartUp Bus was a great opportunity to start and personally grow.
Pierre is an exchange student from France, studying masters of management business development, and is working on launching two businesses at the moment. He is on the bus because he wants to experience the process of launching a business and build his confidence.
Angela works at Spectrum Communications, a PR agency that specialises in tech clients such as ASUS and Intel. She loves being creative and is a curious cat when it comes to knowing where technology is heading in the future.
Franck is another French exchange student studying masters of engingeering and project management. He loves to travel and is here because he’s ready for an adventures, to change people’s lives and be part of a startup.
Ricardo is an entrepreneur and is currently building his own startup, www.easydrop.com.au, which is a mobile app for delivery drivers. His goal for the weekend is to meet like-minded people, learn new tricks and to have fun!
Isabelle is a computer science student from UNSW who’s also working as a software developer at Atlassian. She’s on the bus to explore the exciting world of startups and to hopefully launch a product that will make a real difference!
Our vision is to create a completely consumer customised 3D printed personal glasses.
We’re all excited to be pitching at SydStart so see you there!
Prototype of where we are up to with augmented reality software with our model Ricardo:
Applications are open for the few remaining spots on the inaugural StartupBus Pacific happening in Australia. After 5 years in other parts of the world, StartupBus is excited to come to Australia, which is a sort of homecoming for StartupBus’ Australian founder, Elias. We are also thrilled to announce that our ride for this competition will be this land yacht below – built for the Rolling Stones upcoming tour!
If you haven’t heard of StartupBus yet, the concept is simple – 25 developers, designers, and biz dev/marketing people (what we call hackers, hipsters, and hustlers) get on a bus as strangers – you have 3 days to break into teams and design, build, and launch a product – On a bus – At 110 km/h – To be pitched and judged on stage at SydStart Main Day 2014. The road is rough and the internet is spotty – and there will be a several other curveballs thrown at you as well.
We depart Sydney Friday August 29, return Sunday August 31 stopping to spend the night and have events in Melbourne and Canberra. There will be a full day to wrap up work and polish pitches September 1 before presenting at SydStart on Tuesday, September 2. Of course – there is plenty more to it than that, but we can’t ruin all the surprises just yet…
StartupBus has been described alternately as a life-changing experience and “special forces boot camp for entrepreneurs”. It is definitely an experience to you will never forget. If you are the type of person who craves a challenge and wants to get outside your normal comfort zone, now is your chance to make that happen – and join a family of over 1,000 global StartupBus alumni that represent some of the top tech talent in the world. If you are still reading and this all sounds exciting, you should just go ahead and apply – you might be one of us, after all!
Apply here to be considered for the remaining seats.
Email us with your questions as well – firstname.lastname@example.org
The Tampa contingent of StartupBus FL 2011 (Miami Bus)
When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece
– John Ruskin
Susie Steiner was a original member of the StartupBus Florida family, but so, so, so much more. She passed away last week and it has taken some time to get my thoughts together enough to write a note here. I wasn’t sure if, when, or where I would ever post this, to be honest. I decided to post it here out of respect for what Susie meant to our whole community.
Most of us knew her as a friend, a mentor, a sponsor, an advocate. While that is all true, it doesn’t come close to describing Susie. Those are the kind of platitudes that aren’t befitting one of the most complex people I have ever met.
Compatriot, leader, partner-in-crime, true believer, damn-can-I-be-you, fuck-all-this-work-let’s-do-a-margarita-lunch conspirator… Maybe that’s closer to how I knew her, but it still falls short. I could tell you about all her work with StartupBus, Startup Weekend, Up Global, her half dozen (or more) active startups, how many “people to watch” lists featured her, and how she did all that while running a successful transportation and logistics company. While that is amazing, it still doesn’t capture the essence of how impressive Susie was as a human.
Susie would literally run across the world if the cause was noble. She was the most complex, interesting, and fun to watch person I have ever met. Fascinating. that’s probably the right word.
How can someone who bestows so much awesome – so much amazingness – so much grace-mixed-with-complexity… to everything that she touches be gone? Why is the world allowed to be so “m’eh” mixed with bullshit if she is allowed to be taken from us… It’s not fair. It’s not right. She made this place better. For literally everyone.
Some people dedicate themselves to standing up for kids that don’t have a voice. Some people connect the lines to help build a tech ecosystem. Some people have the balls to build businesses. Some people have the soft touch to get EVERYONE to jump on board their cause. Susie was lucky enough to be all those people together and so much more. She commanded respect without demanding it. I’m still not close to describing the entirety of who she was. But for those lucky enough to have been touched by her, there is no replacement.
I know how empty things feel around Tampa right now – so it’s not just me that has a place Susie occupied in their heart – a place that feels a bit empty, raw, and tender. She had so many different facets to her life, certainly people all over world feel the same way. I only had the privilege to call Susie my friend for the last four years or so – I can’t imagine how her family and those that knew her for forever must be hurting… I wish I could hug you all.
To remember Susie and serve her memory well is to remember the ways she impacted my life and certainly so many others. For me, I can distill much of that down to this:
Action is way more impressive than talking
Doing good is better than doing well.
That’s what Susie exemplified in word and deeds. Now that I think about it, it’s time I focus on making things better, not just doing more work. I hope anyone and everyone who knew Susie will do the same. Amazing things will happen. You might not change the world in a day, but you can change someone’s life by imparting those simple lessons she demonstrated to us.
Practice rather than preach. Make of your life an affirmation, defined by your ideals, not the negation of others. Dare to the level of your capability then go beyond to a higher level.
– Alexander Haig
We all miss the hell out of you already, Susie. There will never be another, that’s for certain.
Only a great friend will take pictures with you when you are a grown ass man with a ridiculous mohawk