The company of the day is Cooee GmbH, based in Germany. Club Cooee is next generation messaging, adding a visual, emotional and personal experience. You will find below an interview with Stefan Lemper, Managing Director of Club Cooee. All the best to them and congrats for being the startup of the day!
My name is Stefan Lemper. I am Managing Director of Club Cooee and responsible for Finance and Business Development.
It’s a great honour to be chosen by Microsoft and the fantastic team there working with start ups.
The founders Ingo Frick and Alexander Jorias both developed internationally successful 3D computer games for over 15 years. They also ran their own game development studio together and eventually sold it to a publisher, before they started Club Cooee together with two of their main developers. I joined the company after being a partner at a venture capital investor for 7 years.
The basic idea of Club Cooee was to enhance the successful messenger concept with a “physical” appearance of the people communicating with each other and provide “space” for creation and interaction.
Club Cooee is next generation messaging, adding a visual, emotional, personal experience as well as all kind of rich media to normal chatting. It combines the key benefits of the successful messenger concept with those of a easy to use virtual 3D world with certain community functions in one small application (<3 MB). It runs seamless and “always on” on top of the users "home base": his desktop. Our business model is to sell virtual goods.
Casual chatters as well as virtual world users.
The initial seed investment came from the founders. Later on the company raised a series A round of funding from Aurelia Private Equity, a German Venture Capital company I used to work for.
Club Cooee was designed for internationalization from the very start. With localized versions in German and English we already have users from over a hundred countries.
Club Cooee has 9 employees. 5 of them are developers.
We are always looking for great people to help realize the Club Cooee vision.
The Club Cooee client was developed for Windows OS. We chose this platform for its easy accessibility of 3D graphics and its worldwide market share. On the server we sue a LAMP stack for the webservices and Java for all liveservices.
We are trying to learn from several other successful entrepreneurs.
Besides the Club Cooee vision ;-) we consider video and mobile applications being interesting growth areas.
Yes, for our internationalization in particular the US we are looking for a US investor with a good network
We already joined the program because we consider it a great help for start ups.
Be quick and keep on shaping your product and business model.