How was your experience with the Antler startup programme?
It was awesome so Antler is a fantastic place for anyone that has an idea or has the passion of becoming a founder. You don’t have to have an idea, you can just join a founder that has an idea and join them on their journey. Antler has programmes in the US, Europe, Southeast Asia and Australia. They run every six months and there are new cohorts joining the programme every six months.
Something that is really good about Antler is that they identify top talent, people that are hungry to build something new in the tech world. They have you join the programme with the aim to join a co-founder.
Anyone that is a founder that is probably listening to this interview – finding a founder one of the hardest thing to do in the beginning, to find that person to start a business with and that has complementary skills to yours. For example, I am in marketing and I am very business-centric, and then in my case, I have Jess who is very people, business development centric, and then Mike who has a product and engineer background.
Being able to meet Mike and Jess was probably the biggest benefit that Antler has, they bring people together so that you can then start working in areas of interest. You walk in and meet a lot of people. You network a lot, you have masterclasses from top talent around the world, how to write business plans, how to pitch, how to think about financials, how to think about technical hirings. So it’s a very well structured programme that runs for three months and at the end of the programme you pitch back to Antler the idea that your running with, and if your successful like we were, they give you some cash for some equity.
In our case, we used that money to build the product that we have today in closed beta. Being part of that programme was awesome not only because we now have a business that is growing. It gives you this amazing support network of other founders, advisors and mentors. Our only advisor at the moment was the head of engineering at Atlassian. He has been amazing at providing us with bi-weekly catchups. We talk about everything from technology to business strategy to how we are building a team. So having access to that sort of expertise is just amazing and that is all thanks to Antler.