Questo – CEO David Allen
A gamified mobile experience to connect family and help organisations analyse the metrics of customer experiences to increase engagement and strengthen loyalty. Taking the mechanics of games and evolving it by way of integrating rules for shared family connections through an organisations real world experience, in the process creating a tool that builds bridges and strengthens relationships. Giving back to Kiwi kids, using the gamifying of shared family experience to grow community, is a key motivator for David Allen (CEO and father of three) and the team.
David lights up when he talks about the potential of this tool to connect families. Essentially taking the gaming aspect and using it to positively effect real world activities such as interpersonal relationships in families and the community.
Steve Jobs (and Pixar) is a source of considerable inspiration. David recounts the story of how Steve and his team worked incredibly hard to get Pixar off the ground and demonstrated incredible resilience throughout. “They created a formula that worked and stuck to it.”
Living and breathing a startup as a family man and father of three young children continues to be challenging. Particularly when Questo has in a short space of time evolved through three separate iterations with changes in the team. Resilience is pivotal in the fast-paced evolution of a digital startup and something David and his team are developing at lightning speed.
Teamisto – CEO Patrick O’Reilly
Teamisto is a fundraising platform for sports clubs. Co-Founder Dan O’Reilly say the companies inspiration comes comes from personal experiences playing amateur sport. Along with brother/partner Pat, they’re lifelong sport nuts who used to go door to door, fundraising for their cash-strapped football club.
They want to make it easier for sports clubs raise money from sponsorship. At the moment clubs essentially rely on donations from the business community and it’s extremely difficult to attract adequate funding. Using Teamisto’s social media and mobile technology sports clubs can offer businesses a more lucrative proposition – huge advertising reach across the social web.
“If the team has a superpower it’s the ability to be super quick and nimble,” Dan says. “Being in a startup involves building a business quickly and changing direction even faster when roadblocks are presented.”
Indeed, Dan names former All Black coach Graeme Henry as a source of inspiration. In particular the resilience and resolve he displayed under both internal and external pressure when things weren’t going well for the All Blacks. Qualities which Dan recognises are essential immersed in the world of a startup, a world which is both daunting and awe inspiring at the same time.
KidsGoMobile – CEO Pam Ward
The team at KidsGoMobile – an app for children’s mobiles facilitating independence and safety – were part of the first generation to have mobile phones as young teenagers and consequently have first hand awareness of the risks. The empathy the team has for the situation, due to their personal experience, drives their passion for combating risks like text and cyberbullying, and the detrimental affects it has on a young persons well-being.
Pam Ward (CEO) believes their software has significant potential to revolutionise the way parents supervise their children’s digital communication. The moment of truth for KidsGoMobile is seeing parents delight and obvious peace of mind when they discover how the software allows them to view important information on their child’s smartphone easily and transparently.
A graphic designer by qualification, Pam is inspired by Tim Brown at IDEO. She particularly likes the way IDEO considers design thinking and applies it to business, a world that – as a new graduate – is new to her. Speaking of being new to business, Pam describes the start up experience, particularly the amount she is learning, as an intense challenge peppered with excitement.