Startup business learnings shared from experience are one good way to alleviate some of that pressure.
In this blog post series Your Allies profile entrepreneurs and their business concepts which set out to do good for people or businesses. We interview founders, managing directors, marketing and sales directors of startups with a sustainable outlook and give our view on their business concept and marketing approach.
Here are the profiles of the great small businesses featured in our entrepreneurship blog post series:
1. Storenextdoor.com – turning the storage market upside down
Ever wished for a more affordable, more easily accessible option to store away items or do you have unused storage space available? storenextdoor.com have just launched a peer-to-peer matchmaking website as a self-storage solution to this problem. Co-founder Rosie Bennett shared their start-up experience with us.
2. Skilio – connecting skill sharers with the eager-to-learn
Skilio is an online marketplace that connects members seeking to learn with its community of skill sharers. Their goal is to make theirs the go-to marketplace for live skill sharing. Browsing the categories on offer, it’s clear they’re already drawing in a wide audience, from around the globe, and are succeeding in connecting the right people. We asked co-founder, Rebecca Garnett, what’s helped them get this far.
3. Ecomodo – tackling the confidence issue in peer-to-peer goods sharing
We all have things that others would benefit from, and a lot of the time those assets just sit there, not being used. Ecomodo’s online community marketplace brings people, businesses and local institutions together to share under-used items, space or skills. Co-founder Tracy Currer told us about their business strategy.
4. Liftshare – getting the British nation travelling together
Starting a business is rarely a smooth ride. Learn from Liftshare founder Ali Clabburn’s experience from early start-up challenges as a peer-to-peer pioneer to making it the UK’s leading car-sharing network.
5. Favabank – giving the British a smarter way to barter
Favabank founder John Durrant set out to create an alternative local currency based on favours, no less. We discussed with him how he got onto the idea for his venture, and about his future plans for the platform.
6. Taxi for two – easing the pain of taxi queues and cab fares
Brainchild of Founder & MD Garry Prior, Taxi for two was thought up to share cab fares and make smarter use of taxi resource. Garry lets us in on what’s helped make his peer-to-peer business concept such an innovative one.
7. Friendsurance – bringing the original idea of peer-to-peer insurance back to life
German P2P insurance pioneer friendsurance has indeed made it its mission to achieve exactly that. Co-founder and managing director Tim Kunde shared with us how he and his team are going after it.
8. Bought By Many – using the power of the crowd for win-win insurance deals
Bought By Many brings collaborative consumption to the insurance space benefiting both consumers and the insurance industry. Co-founder and CEO Steven Mendel shared with us how he and his team are getting good group insurance deals for their users, in an innovative, forward-thinking way.
We enjoyed sharing real-life start-up and business growth experiences. A big thank you to all our interviewees.
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