The BizSpark startup of the day is Zeeyoo, based in Switzerland. You will find below an interview with Roger Gygli, founder and CEO of Zeeyoo. All the best to them and congrats for being the startup of the day!
I am the founder and CEO of Zeeyoo.
I was an executive at the public traffic authority in Zurich.
It’s definitely a great honor for me and for my team, a reward for the hard work of the last 18 months and a motivation for the challenges ahead.
Manage meeting madness. We want to become the leading online tool for online scheduling and meeting efficiency. We position ourselves between very simple scheduling tools and very complex online collaboration solutions. Based on extensive and often painful past experiences of our team, we know that this position is a sweet spot where companies can save a lot of money by accelerating the process of meeting coordination and, most importantly, driving teams to more efficient meetings. Zeeyoo integrates with most calendar systems. Our latest release aims at corporate customers and offers a seamless integration with Microsoft Exchange.
In 2008, the European soccer championships (EURO2008) were held in Switzerland and Austria. Zurich was one of the host cities and I was in charge of the project that made sure that traffic would not break down in the city and the region during the tournament. The project was very demanding. I had to coordinate well over 1’000 people, most of which never had to work together before. I do not know how many meetings I had to organize and manage – but I realized that it took by far too much time and effort. So I decided to quit my job in the public service, become a startup entrepreneur and build a solution that would help other people to “manage meeting madness”.
We had a successful seed round in the summer of 2009. We plan to have an additional round around September this year.
Currently, we are a core team of 4 people, two of which focus on platform development. Additionally, we rely on a wide network of excellent freelancers.
We are looking for additional developers to work for our Zurich office. Additionally, we are looking for channel partners around the world who would like to offer our corporate solution to their customers.
This space still offers vast opportunities as more and more users are not only moving online but also mobile. Users are often overwhelmed by the sheer number of applications that are available. We therefore believe that the biggest opportunity comes from bundling services and making them easier to use.
We liked the BizSpark Program from the beginning. Microsoft offers a lot to startups and is very open in granting access to the program. It certainly made our technology decision easier.
My most important advice to Software entrepreneurs would be: Make sure to find the right balance between utility and usability. Software engineers tend to focus too much on functionality and pay less attention to the fact that tools have to be easy to use – or else the functionality will never reach the user.
I am still looking for a very successful entrepreneur that started his career as a civil engineer in the public service.
Obviously, I would like to invite everybody to give Zeeyoo.com a try – because it makes the live of a knowledge worker that has several meetings every week much easier.