15 Startups, 15 Lessons Learned and 15 Wishes For 2016

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 is the first part of Mindspace's new year's special

Written by Noga Grinberg

2 years ago

“Get my first million paying clients”, “write shorter emails”, “open an office in the Bahamas…” For startups, New Year’s resolutions can be tricky. So many goals can be set  – some may be practical, like going on more than one vacation, while others are more of a long shot, like making an exit.

As 2015 approaches the finish line, we’ve asked 15 of Mindspace’s startups to share their resolutions for 2016, and the most important lesson they learned during 2015. 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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Jaco

"enjoys watching bad movies in good company". Jaco at Mindspace Tel aviv.

“Enjoys watching bad movies in good company”. Jaco team at Mindspace Tel aviv.

Who Are you?

Jaco allows Product Owners and Dev Teams to see what people are doing on their web-application. No matter how complex your app is or which framework you’re using, Jaco can replay every user session as a video. Jaco is a tool for every company that want to improve and understand its user experience. Aside from coding day and night, the Jaco team enjoys watching bad movies in good company (open invitation).

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

You can actually have three dogs in the office, but it isn’t such a great idea.

What is your new year’s resolution?

Open a San Francisco office.

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yes.no

"give power to the people". Yes.No.

“Give power to the people”. yes.no.

Who Are you?

yes.no is a team of 8 good-looking MOFOs building a social Q&A network.

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

To hire a designer as early as possible. It was also re-affirmed that the most important thing is to work with great people, under our 100%-no-douchebag policy.

What is your new year’s resolution?

To give power to the people! We’ll stop at nothing to become the world’s leading crowd-interviewing platform, changing the way that we communicate with influencers.

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Upwest Labs

Upwest Labs: "write shorter emails". Mindspace Tel Aviv.

Gil Ben-Artzy. Upwest Labs.

 Who Are you?

UpWest Labs is a Silicon Valley-based early stage seed fund, focused on investing in Israeli startups looking to establish their US presence.

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

Though we have experienced it before, 2015 really emphasized to us how great startups are everywhere and the founders can come from any background.

What is your new year’s resolution? 

                                             Write shorter emails.

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Adoric

Adoric: "re-invent yourself every day". Mindspace Tel Aviv.

“Re-invent yourself every day”. Adoric team at Mindspace Tel Aviv.

 Who Are you?

Adoric is an inbound marketing company with an amazing platform that helps website owners increase sales and optimize conversion rates. Our clients (online stores, content websites, startups etc.) enjoy an improvement of 5%-30% in their online conversion.

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

Re-invent yourself every day. Try not to and you won’t survive.

What is your new year’s resolution?

We do our best to create a journey of daily adventures, so for the upcoming year (13,820,000,2016) we would like to get a ton of creative, satisfying moments and of course, happy clients.

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Smore

 

Who Are you?

With Smore you can create beautiful and effective online flyers and newsletters. It’s super easy and intuitive! We’ve got a talented team of engineers, an art director and writer, a designer, a sales team, and a customer support team. We’re all full of personality, like to laugh, eat, and consistently, without fail, make fun of each other.

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

The biggest lesson of 2015 has been about taking risks. We are working on a whole new app, called Grove, and in many ways it’s a departure from the way we’ve done things up to this point. It was a big decision to create a new product, but the whole team is in the trenches together and we’re excited for what 2016 will bring. Stay tuned!

What is your new year’s resolution?

Continue to live by one of our main philosophies at Smore — Work hard, play hard.

We’ve got high standards and a dedicated team that goes above and beyond to create an awesome product and experience for our customers. To balance that, we like to set aside time to have fun and enjoy life together. Our team is all the more connected because of it.

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Superfly

Superfly: "maintain culture". Mindspace Tel Aviv.

“Maintain culture”. Superfly team.

Who Are you?

Superfly provides 3rd party apps and services and API that builds rapid profiles on their consumers.  ​It works like ‘facebook connect’ and usually increases your app’s KPI by 10x. In return we ask for an anonymous slice of the data for market research purposes.  We sell the aggregated and anonymous insights to financial institutions, marketeers and investment professionals.

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

​Marc Andreessen said that software is eating the world. Software is really all about Data and Algorithms.  What we’ve learned this year is that having access to a unique dataset is absolutely necessary to have a competitive advantage.  Analyzing the data or even better – providing insights – will insure that you maintain your competitive advantage over time.

What is your new year’s resolution?

Triple the size of the team and maintain culture. We’ve spent the better part 2​015 building up our dataset, improving our internal processes, fine tuning our product offering, and securing additional funding.  2016 will be all about growth.  My new year’s resolution is to hire young, smart and highly motivated people to join our team – and to do so while maintaining our unique culture best described as Radical Candor.  ​

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Muzli

Muzli: "stop talking, start doing". Mindspace Tel Aviv.

Muzli: “stop talking, start doing”. Mindspace Tel Aviv.

Who Are you?

Muz.li is a great tool that brings you the latest, coolest and revolutionary design projects including illustration, design features, unique websites, photography wonders, visual arts etc. Muz.li is an all-in-one, well researched tool with highly efficient methods to reach out and get the best of designs that you are not likely to find in a simple web search on top content sources such as Dribble, Mashable or Techcruch.

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

Instead of talking, discussing, reviewing, planning, predicting and babbling you just have to do! The hardest decision to take is the decision to build something new, and we always find excuses why not to do it. This year we’ve learned to stop babbling and simply do, overlooking the obstacles while working towards our goal.

What is your new year’s resolution?

Preserving the passion we had at the beginning for what we do, even in the less “sexy” phases. Preserving the passion that makes us work hard and believe that anything that looks scary is possible. Keeping the “get shit done” attitude and keep having the time of our lives in the process.

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Check out the second part of Mindspace’s new year’s special