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 excited to announce the European directors for the next year. Whilst the discussions are ongoing for other community leaders (expect more news!), the following three amazing people will lead our entire operation in Europe with the focus being our annual competition in late 2014. They have proved themselves in our organisation for the last couple of years and we can talk on for hours about them but maybe best to just do a show and tell..
Hans van Gent Hans was a Viking Buspreneur in 2012, a conductor of the Benelux bus in 2013 (delivering the number one and two in last years Europe competition), and is now going to be one of our directors for Europe. With a focus on “experience” — he is to ensure ‘customer happiness’ to the buspreneurs participating and sponsors who subsidise the experience.
When not creating the best experience ever for everybody involved, he works in (digital) advertising as a Senior Account for DigitasLBi. If that isn’t enough he helps form founders and ideas into problem solvers and pain killers at Evolv Weekend throughout Europe.
Hans van Gent on LinkedIn – Hans van Gent on Twitter
Rose was a buspreneur in the German bus in 2012, then became conductor for The French bus in 2013, and co-hosted StartupBusTV for North America 2014. She is now our first female director of Europe, and second ever.
With a focus on “people”, Rose will oversee the entire recruitment process and ensuring only the very best European hustlers, hackers and hipsters get on board.
When not casting talent around Europe, Rose dedicates her time for the sister company of StartupBus, “StartupHouse” which is an incubator in San Francisco and travels between the US and Europe.
Rose Jeantet on LinkedIn – Rose Jeantet on Twitter
Marko was a conductor of the German bus in 2012 due to his previous experience on a related event and a European director in 2013 running European operations, with in 2014 having a focus on “revenue” — he will drive our fundraising and cash management; moreover, he’ll concentrate on long-term customer relations.
When not raising and counting money, Marko – a Design Thinking enthusiast – currently works as consultant (still at Accenture) and will move forward as Business Inspirator.
Marko Müller on LinkedIn – Marko Müller on Twitter
So that’s them, give them a warm welcome whenever you see them around and if you are interested to help them out with the competition of 2014 by wanting to organise a bus be sure to contact them!