The BizSpark startup of the day is Ninite, based in the US. You will find below an interview with Patrick Swieskowski and Sascha Kuzins, Co-Founders of Ninite. All the best to them and congrats for being the startup of the day!
We’re the co-founders of Ninite, an easy way to install multiple apps at once automatically.
Patrick was writing jokes in LA and Sascha was in graduate school at Oxford.
It’s an honor and a great opportunity to reach out to the Microsoft community.
We make software installation easy.
After setting up many PCs as a test platform for our old product we realized that software installation was extremely tedious. Ninite is our attempt to fix that.
We did Y Combinator in 2008 and highly recommend it to anyone interested in starting a company. Afterwards we raised a small angel round. We’re not currently looking for funding.
Ninite is just the two of us and we both write code for it.
We are not hiring, but we’re based in San Franscisco.
We built the Ninite client in C++ using the win32 APIs for maximum compatibility. This is particularly important since we aim to be the first thing users run after installing a bare OS.
Everything is too complicated. Making computers work well for normal people is a gigantic opportunity.
It’s a fantastic way for small startups to interface with Microsoft. We’re just two programmers trying to fix a problem and BizSpark lets us easily leverage Microsoft’s support.
Ship a solution to a small problem first; your solution can always get more complicated or comprehensive later. If you can make a small thing that people use you can let their feedback guide further development.
Paul Graham, co-founder of Y Combinator and Viaweb.
Ninite is the best way to set up PCs.