We are passionate about startups. We run startups, we help develop them, we mentor them, we are all over the startup space in New Zealand and we love the unique buzz that surrounds startups. Our core competence in the startup space is around technical setup of a startup and automation. We believe that a startup, in order to be successful, needs a robust way to deploy rapid iterations of their product. A startup needs a way to quickly try assumptions on actual customers and then iterate till it either finds the sweet spot they want to grow in or they pivot to the next niche.
We are mentoring startups in rapid prototyping, deployment automation and the cheapest possible way to run a startup from the technical requirements. Lenz Gschwendtner is a mentor with LightningLabs, New Zealand’s only accelerator program that is tied into the international TechStars network. He is regular mentor at Startup Weekends in New Zealand and works closely with a number of startups in Wellington. He earned a lot of expertise in that area by running iwantmyname, a New Zealand based domain registration platform that is very popular in the US market. Prior to that he helped getting a large domain registrar off the ground in Germany and grew it to one of the largest domain registrars in the German market.
We also work on a rapid prototyping stack that is used in a number of startups called “Planet Express Ship”. This stack is based on CouchDB, a exceptional NoSQL database that is optimised for web based development. Planet Express Ship is a tool that grew out to the need to quickly prototype ideas and then build an application that is robust enough to serve as a MVP. We used it successfully with teams at Startup Weekends and had huge success with teams that had no prior knowledge of the platform and by the end of the weekend had a working prototype. Planet Express Ship is open source and hosted on Github and we encourage everyone who likes to rapidly prototype an idea to try it out.
Startups have a unique dynamic and we help early stage startups to gain momentum by coaching them through the initial phase of finding the right team, using the right tools and finding the right mentors. We are also helping out with development ressources and are currently working on a government co-funded way of getting cheap development ressources to startups. We are very aware of the financial limits early stage startups have and have special rates as well as equity based ways of helping out. A lot of the work we do in this space is, however, completely free of charge and we do it because we know that it is important for New Zealand.
The New Zealand startup scene is amazing and we support it as much as we can. Talk to us if you feel we can add value, or if you just want to have coffee and get feedback on your idea.