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Works.io – StartupYard’s Company of the Week

Do you know artists who are not fond of technology? Yeah, there’re many. We met two guys a few months ago who want to turn artists’ unappreciation of technology into ‘like’. The Canadian and the Swiss are building ‘LinkedIn + IMDB’ for contemporary artists, enabling them to keep portfolios and CVs up-to-date with ease. Works.io.

How did you two guys get together?

AH: We first met when we were trying to take over the world – on a hilltop in a Budapest park, playing “Risk”. Actually, Patrick won.

How did you come up with the idea for Works.io? 

PU: Abe’s wife is an artist and I am a gallery owner –  it was just about scratching our own itches, or even more urgent, a wife’s itch.

Where do you see yourselves in 2 years from now? 

AH: Only a few of months ago, I never would have imagined that I would move to Prague with my family, and be working full time on my own startup. I have no idea where I’ll be in 2 years, and actually like it that way 🙂

PU: Running a successful Gallery that naturally implements works.io into the daily business – since it became the standard for contemporary art.

Who are your favourite artists and why? 

AH: Marina Abramovic, because she does more than create art, she also inspires and enables other creators. (check out this new initiative: http://www.marinaabramovicinstitute.org/ ). Yoko Ono, because she is just so honest in her life and work. She is also accessible; just ask her a question and she’ll answer it. Every friday. (check answers here)

PU: just check www.works.io

 

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StartitUp – StartupYard’s Company of the Week

One month down in Spring 2013 StartupYard program and some projects have great traction. Look at StartitUp.co and Ed with Yitao, co-founders. StartitUp.co is a step-by-step startup guide with action items based on the Lean Startup, Growth Hacking, and startup secrets from experts. The mission of StartitUp is to create a virtual incubator/accelerator that helps startups build, grow, and excel.

How did you two guys get together?

YS: Ed was managing my brother at Groupon.  He mentioned that Ed was looking for a co-founder to work on some cool projects, and the two of us should meet.  So we met in a coffeeshop and talked for 3 hours one night.

How did you come up with the idea of your guide? 

EL: We were working on a project just before this, and while we were brainstorming on what we needed to do next. I had all my bookmarks and notes out, and I realized that it’d be great if there was a guide that had all the best information organized in a way that startups could just follow and get the best results.

Where do you see yourselves in 2 years from now? 

EL: Doing startup education and helping startups succeed. Making a bunch of money while I’m at it.

YS: Running the technical arm a profitable enterprise.

What do you do in your free time? 

EL: Watch movies, play computer games, read novels, and work.

YS: I play basketball and video games when I’m by myself.  I also like to cook with my wife.

 

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Welcome 6 New Teams for 2013 Spring Program

It’s been long. A long selection process, 6 weeks. But we’re proud now to announce 6 amazing teams. We accepted applications from 12 countries and selected 6 startups from 5 countries. The third cohort begins their 6-month acceleration program on March 11 in Prague.

Who are our StartupYard Spring 2013 heroes?

Hlidacky.cz
We help parents meet the most reliable babysitters. Hlidacky.cz operates in the Czech Republic now.
Co-founders: David Hrachovy, Petr Sigut and Vaclav Kuna (Czech Republic)
Web: www.hlidacky.cz

HowDoI Tutorials
Interactive tool for website owners to create tutorials and guides in a few minutes.
Co-founders: Lukas Haraga, Jiri Otahal and Michal Pustka (Czech Republic)

 

Web: www.howdoitutorials.com

StartitUp
Step-By-Step Startup Guide with action items that will help entrepreneurs get their startup from idea, to product, to traction, and to funding.
Co-founders: Edward Liu and Yitao Sun (USA)
Web: www.startitup.co

Travelatus
Event travel made easy. It helps visitors of concerts, festivals and conferences to plan their trips.
Co-founders: Valentin Dombrovsky, Vitaliy Korobkin and Denis Volkov (Russia)
Web: www.travelatus.com

works.io
The essential career tool for professional fine artists, keep portfolios and CVs up-to-date with ease.
Co-founders: Abe Han and Patrick Urwyler (Canada, Switzerland)
Web: www.works.io

Yummy Food Delivery
How to eat healthy at your desk. Its focus is B2B delivery.
Co-founders: Kristina Sediva and Tomas Netrval (Czech Republic)
Facebook page Yummy Food Delivery

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Startups In Big Companies

This is an invitation for our event next Monday. And a short remark on startups and corporations.

On Monday, October 8th, we hold a meet-up for entrepreneurs with guys from Seznam.cz (Czech internet #1 company, 1000 employees in a few months). It’s about their experience with product management, UX, launch, marketing, PR, …

Some people have asked me why Seznam and startups? What can entrepreneurs learn from corporate guys? I’m sure this is a big mistake of many geeks. I like these words from Saul Klein who worked in corporations and has become one of best investors, a great motive WHY: ‘You learn a lot about scale, you learn a lot about process. Any small company really, hopefully, aspires to be a very, very big company and having worked inside some of those big companies, I’ve a sense for what a small company looks like when it grows up.’ (Read the whole interview by Ivo Spiegel for Kernel.)

This is why it’s really worth coming (if you’re in Prague).

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