For every “ying”, you need a “yang”, and mine was called Jess Williamson, without whom Springboard would have a been but a shadow of what it became. When I first met Jess she was in Edinburgh under some pretence of doing a Masters degree and running Startup Cafe. In a random throwaway comment I suggested that she should pack her bags and head south to Cambridge and help me out – initially for Springboard Cambridge. For some inexplicable reason she did and the rest is history.
In a later blog post I will be bringing the 90 day blog posts of the original Springboard Cambridge back to life as well as the video series which was put together – including Brad Feld at the Demo Day. As I previous mentioned the programme was launched at Silicon Valley comes to UK (c/o Sherry Coutu) and reported by Mike Butcher at Techcrunch and Martin Byrant at Next Web.
So who were those crazies that volunteered for the three month programme in Cambridge. Only one came from Cambridge, five others came from London and across the UK, the balance came from Estonia, Lithuania, the Czech Republic and finally New Zealand.
- Adwings; Arturas Starovoitovas, Egidijus Jarasunas & Remigijus Kiminas; it never came to much. EG now works at F6S which I co-founded with Sean Kane.
- Apiary; Jakub Nešetřil & Jan Moravec; very much kicking (having recently raised a significant round), based in SF and Prague – with some amazing investors including Andy McLoughlin who has recently left Huddle to join Softech.
- Arachnys; David Buxton & Harry Waye; the only company from Cambridge and under the guidance of Peter Cowley, Arachnys has gone on to become the surprise of the programme. Watch this one.
- HubFlow; David Hazell & Nick Grant; just about survived the programme but not much longer. David was last seen with twins around his ankles and Nick had returned to Canary Wharf.
- Mayday (aka Meerkatalyst); Ben Hall & James Hollingworth; exploded midst programme. With the best will in the world it closed it doors after the programme.
- MiniMonos; Greg Montgomery, Kaila Colbin & Melissa Clark-Reynolds; after relocating from New Zealand and initially making progress, MiniMonos struggled like many others in the transition from desktop to mobile. Melissa was last seen receiving her New Zealand Order of Merit in Auckland.
- Playmob; Jude Ower, Caroline Howes & Daniela Neumann; still kicking under the watchful eye of Jude, I wouldn’t overlook PlayMob with its most recent appearance in Time Square New York.
- Publification; Rait Ojasaar, Marius Arras & Janek Priimann; it never quite reached it full potential.
- Tastebuds; Alex Parish & Julian Keenaghan; still going at a gig near near you.
- Spontly (aka TotalGigs); Jim Mann, Mike Parker & Tom Dancer; another company that was a slow burner. After continuous struggles this has turned into a real business.
More to follow on this one with videos and the Springboard Cambridge blog.