If you’re a Londoner, you’ve probably seen Bloom.fm’s sunshine-yellow ads on the city’s buses and tubes in the past few months. I caught a glimpse of one mid-commute and, intrigued, got in touch to find out more about the app that lets you “borrow” music.
Marketing Director Jon Clark told me how it all began. “Co-founders Oleg Fomenko and Thong (Tum) Nguyen wanted to create a music app that was simple, beautifully designed and something they would use themselves every day,” he said. “No other music streaming companies were utilising smartphone screens properly; they’re all trying to shoehorn a web-based interface into a mobile app. We wanted to create a truly great mobile experience first.”
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This week, Rob talks about inspiration and how sometimes it is better to let an idea go and pick another. Treat your startup like you treat any other major decision: think of the alternatives. Find out more about entrepreneur Rob and read his other columns here.
The first idea is a trap. We love it because, at the time, it’s our only idea. And that makes it feel precious. Even if it’s dumb. The first idea is almost certainly suboptimal. After all, it’s most notable quality is that it was more obvious than other ideas. But we love it all the same.
We all know we’re biased. And we’re most biased about the things we love. Writers advise each other to “kill your darlings.” They’re saying that if you love a sentence too much, you aren’t able to see its faults, so you’d better cut it. In the startup world, we talk about getting feedback about our ideas. But that doesn’t actually help when you’re in love with your idea; you’re blind to criticism. If you think you’re immune, just cast your mind back to all the good advice you ignored about that particularly problematic girlfriend or boyfriend from your youth.
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Gav O’Brien, currently based at Club Workspace Clerkenwell, is in the hot seat this week.
Read on to find out what he does and how he got started; how his agency Clearhead can help you and finally why on earth he wants Tommy Cooper on his board of directors.
Tell us a bit about yourself
We are Clearhead - a full-service digital agency. We come from the humble beginnings. We started off in Luton (where we still have a base) as well as now having office space in London and New York.
My name’s Gav. I am a founding partner and the MD. I started Clearhead with a pal who I’ve known since I was little. I love the process of building a business and I never ever call it ‘work’. It’s more like a hobby that I’m lucky enough to be able to earn a decent living from!
This week, Vicki Turk looks at the growing phenomenon that is ‘The Bitcoin’ (if you’re thinking “What the jimminy is a Bitcoin?”, then click here). She talks to BitPrice, the London-based startup that’s looking to get you trading in the virtual currency. Click on the image above for a five minute video pitch from the founders.
In the past year or so, digital currency Bitcoin has really taken off, attracting a growing user base and zooming in value from less than one US dollar per Bitcoin in 2011 to around $900 (roughly £550) at one point this month. Now BitPrice, a London-based startup, wants to make it easier for Brits to start using the cryptocurrency. Co-founder Tom Robinson told me more.
Robinson recalls that he first heard of Bitcoin a couple of years ago. “We saw a great deal of potential to use Bitcoin to reduce the cost of financial transactions and bypass the middlemen—be they banks, credit card companies or the likes of Western Union,” he explains. This is a benefit of Bitcoin: payments are free to the retailer, whereas Visa, Mastercard and PayPal charge a transaction fee.