Staytuned graduates from Plug and Play Accelerator

Season 1 of our own Silicon Valley series is over – Staytuned for more…

Last week was a bit more hectic than usual. We participated at the Demo Day from the Fall 2014 Expo from Plug and Play and it was our graduation from a 10-week acceleration program called Startupcamp (which is part of Plug and Play). In case you haven’t seen it, have a look at our pitch.

 

Time flies by…

It fells like time flies by, while at the same time, it feels like ages. Last week was the ninth month after I left my job at the German Accelerator to start working full time on Staytuned and it has been quite an exciting ride.

In the last nine months, we pitched our idea all over the world (literally, I was in India, Germany, Mexico and the US). And by the way, the idea has evolved quite a lot, but everybody knows that’s fairly common with startups. Even while the idea has evolved, our motivation remains the same: we want to make people’s usage of mobile phones more intuitive and efficient. We believe that our mobile phones are one of the most powerful tools in our life and it should be easy for people to make the most out of them.

The past months have been a continuous learning process, involving all kind of things such as finding a cofounder, pitching your idea, incorporating feedback, learning from mistakes and sometimes learning to be confident about your idea even while some people might not see its potential.

Demo Day was a great opportunity to show people what we’ve been working on over the last few months and we are quite happy with the outcome. Staytuned received a lot of interest from attendees of the event, including potential investors and partners. Like the name says it, Demo Day was just one day and now the next season of our story begins (even though there was never really a break). We keep working day and night to make Staytuned every time better and keep up the progress of our company.

Our official time at the accelerator might be over, but this is just the ending of the season and the beginning of the next one. The knowledge and connections that we acquired in the last months will always be part of Staytuned.

Staytuned's Team at the Fall 2014 Plug and Play Expo

It feels great to look back and see what we’ve achieved, but the best feeling is that there is no day that we don’t wake up excited about what’s to come. We’ve managed to build a team of 5 and got 3 great advisors onboard. We also received our first external investment (besides our savings), which was part of the Startupcamp acceleration program. Now we are on a closed beta and getting ready to launch our product soon!

Staytuned for more…

First of all, thank you very much for your amazing feedback….
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