Almost two months ago we set our little adventure in Europe. For the first time we had the amazing number of 6 buses driving, lots and lots of teams on board all buses and all filled with amazing people. But at the end of our journey, there could off course be only one winner. Just before Christmas I decided to have a meetup with the team that one and see how they are doing right now.
What I immediately noticed that the team got expanded and they got one extra hand on board in the form of another Dutch buspreneur, Menno. Menno is an amazing mobile application developer and since Aiden is off course mainly a mobile app I could see the fit straight away. Apparently the match was almost already made straight after the bus so talking about efficiency 🙂
This actually was the second time the entire team came together after the bus, being the first time only two weeks after the event. Since they all live in different countries communication is key so everyday from 19.00 till 20.00 they have a sort of open Skype call. Everybody who can join of the team is joining and this way they are still able to see each other everyday.
When asking about the biggest issue they encountered after the bus, it seems the exact seem feeling which I had last year as a buspreneur: Keeping the momentum. “When you are on the bus and or maybe just finished one StartupBus ride, you are in such a rush” is Bram telling to me. “After you all depart to your hometown and you look back on what you just did, you get amazed that you as an individual can achieve so much in so little time. I will take this with me for the rest of my life” adds Kristina to the conversation we are having. But when you get back home the best thing to do is let it go for a short time, take a step back and than decide what you will be going to do with the idea which got into shape on the bus.
They showed me a complete working native app on IOS. They told me they completely rebuilt and focused on other questions within the app based on early talks to different psychiatrist but they where still a bit struggling getting the everything scientifically correct. The charts which are normally used are protected by patents so that was not really an option if you are working on a shoestring budget. Also the business model was not quite clear yet so time for a speed course on customer development! I hope they learned a lot from wrapping up some basics of customer development in only an hour and continue on a path to success.
So good to see the entire team still being together and each focusing on a different aspect of what is needed to get the entire application of the ground. Current focus will be mainly doing more customer development and getting to define their business model. It will be a challenging experience for them after the rush in the bus, but I’m convinced they have the correct motivation and team on board to turn this into a success. We will sure be following them around on their way to their first release and wishing them all the wisdom and best in this new year!