15 Startups and 15 Wishes For 2016, Part 2

We've all made them, we've all broken them, and we've all re-made them as December 31st approaches, explaining to ourselves that it wasn’t realistic to make them in the last year, but this year, this year we're going to make them happen! Here's the last part of Mindspace's new year's special

Written by Noga Grinberg

1 year ago

“Get my first million paying clients”, “write shorter emails”, “open an office in the Bahamas…” These are only a few of the New Year’s Resolutions startups set for themselves as 2015 approaches the finish line.

In our special’s first part we laid out seven of Mindspace’s startups who shared their resolutions for 2016, and the most important lesson they have learned during 2015, and now it’s time for the remaining eight. Since we’re here to do good, our New Year’s resolution is to return to those startups at the end of 2016, and make sure they reached their goals.

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Spotad

"Timing is the important thing". Spotad team at Mindspace Tel Aviv.

“Timing is the important thing”. Spotad team at Mindspace Tel Aviv.

Who Are you?

Spotad is a unique platform designed for simplifying the tough land of mobile contextual advertising. Offering unique campaign optimization by utilizing aggregated data, audience targeting and proprietary predictive algorithms that maximize performance and ROI.

What is the most important lesson you’ve learned in 2015?

Planning is one thing, execution is the second thing – timing is the important thing.

What is your new year’s resolution?

A year of great achievements, reaching new heights and having fun while doing so. For all fellow startups may this be the year of breaking through, getting funded, getting customers (paying ones if possible) and large exits (godspeed).

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Covercy

"satisfied customers are the most loyal ones". Covercy.

“Satisfied customers are the most loyal ones”. Covercy team.

Who Are you?

Covercy is an innovative company in the foreign exchange and remittance industry that allows you to send money abroad more efficiently by reducing the bank exchange and remittance costs. We provide a secure and fast way to send money abroad, with complete transparency from day one. The rate quoted is the rate you get, providing significant savings on every transaction. We develop an online solution that is user friendly, reliable and enables you to save money on each transaction.

What is the most important lesson you’ve learned in 2015?

We learned that satisfied customers are the most loyal ones. They will always come back for more business, will recommend and spread the word, and will provide with invaluable insights to improve your product.

What is your new year’s resolution?

We will continue to improve our sophisticated, yet simple, online platform that allows businesses and individuals to execute international money transfers with guaranteed rates and complete transparency. We will Introduce new products in order to further assist our clients to manage their cross currency payments.

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Neema

"Fortune favors the bold". Neema team at Mindspace Tel Aviv.

“Fortune favors the bold”. Neema team at Mindspace Tel Aviv.

Who Are you?

Neema helps people help their families. Our mobile financial app enables migrant workers to send money home for the best price in the market, and it’s super easy and accessible to use. We launched in September 2015, and we are very thankful to our users for the trust and confidence that allowed us to reach tremendous traction.

What is the most important lesson you’ve learned in 2015?

Fortune favors the bold: Always have a plan. Yet, be adaptive and responsive, pivot fast and swiftly from situations, relationships, features, and hypothesis that don’t answer your expectations. Things will work out, launch fast, get your product out there, and keep on moving, always forward and up!

What is your new year’s resolution?

To continue with the growth in Israel and to launch Neema in a new international market. Most importantly to have fun while working towards our goals!

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StoreSmarts

"exceptional people do exceptional things". Storesmarts.

“Exceptional people do exceptional things”. Storesmarts.

Who Are you?

StoreSmarts is the only ZERO-HARDWARE solution which provides physical retailers with analytics and insights on in-store shopper behavior. StoreSmarts uses dedicated software and proprietary analysis algorithms to assist in data driven decision making. The answers we provide help retailers of all shapes and sizes drive sales, optimize staff & services, and increase overall efficiency throughout their operation.

What is the most important lesson you’ve learned in 2015?

Nothing like human talent to push companies forward. Exceptional people do exceptional things.

What is your new year’s resolution?

Change the way physical retailers take decisions, to be more data-driven and creative. Today StoreSmarts’ product is being used by retailers such as Armani and PANDORA, in nine different countries. So our goal in 2016 is to reach more retailers in additional 20 different countries, and to continue spreading the data-driven revolution in retail.

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Xsites

 

Who Are you?

Xsites is a small, quality team that develops medium-scale web-based systems. We really love what we do, particularly when what guides us through development processes is investing our time, knowledge and resources in creating systems that primarily benefit our customers in terms of their business and their finances.

What is the most important lesson you’ve learned in 2015?

Quality human capital is much more important than any other part of the company’s technical abilities.

What is your new year’s resolution?

To invest our efforts in recruiting quality human capital in order to refine specific abilities within the company. When the company has high-level human capital over the long-term, desired capabilities are naturally cultivated and made more efficient over time.

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Audioburst

"be open to your users' creativity and ideas". Audioburst at Mindspace Tel Aviv.

“Be open to your users’ creativity and ideas”. Audioburst at Mindspace Tel Aviv.

Who Are you?

Audioburst organizes the world’s audio information. Our technology automatically transcribes and understands streams of auditory content in real-time – turning them into web-friendly, searchable, shareable and embeddable digital objects. Now, every word counts.

What is the most important lesson you’ve learned in 2015?

In 2015, we’ve learned that our biggest successes at AudioBurst were triggered and pushed by our users. You can aim for certain user behavior but when building a platform you must always be open to your users’ creativity and ideas. When your users do something creative, go with it.

What is your new year’s resolution?

Go faster, higher, stronger and use fewer cliches.

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Viewdeos

"always work with experts". Viewdeos.

“Always work with experts”. Viewdeos team.

Who Are you?

Viewdeos makes video solutions that help digital publishers drive engagement and increase revenues.

What is the most important lesson you’ve learned in 2015?

Always work with experts. They are more expensive on paper but they offer priceless benefits.

What is your new year’s resolution?

Keep the team spirit of 2015, be simple and positive no matter what happens, keep enough free time to learn new stuff and of course have fun.

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Hachiko

 

Who Are you?

Up until now, we were Hachiko, a smart sensor for dogs. These days we are pivoting the company’s business to rely on its core technology and offer IoT companies a new service to help them support and maintain their devices in the field.

What is the most important lesson you’ve learned in 2015?

2015 was a crazy year for us, we learned a lot. One important lesson is to never hesitate to make difficult decisions and once you make them, execute with all efforts.

What is your new year’s resolution?

Become a company that makes its employees jump out of their beds on Sunday mornings and build a kick ass product!

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Missed the first part of our special? Read it here