This is a cross post from the ThoughtBox Blog.
I have some more great news to share with you: last Saturday ThoughtBox won the Blueface Elevator Competition! We are delighted with this achievement which will give us a great boost as soon as we launch our first product Numerosity, in September.
We would like to take this opportunity and thank all the people that helped us along the way starting with Dr. Christian Luedtke, The NDRC LaunchPad team: Gary Leyden, Sarah O'Farrell, Emma Wilson, Harry Largey, Paul Heyse, Nicola Riordan, Barry O'Neill and the list can go on. Thank you so much everyone!
For the people that are curious about our win, please find below a newspaper clipping and some links to articles from today's newspapers.
The Irish Times
Silicon Republic: Educational software start-up ThoughtBox wins Blueface competition
Inside Ireland: ThoughtBox wins Blueface Business Elevator Final
Digital Times: ThoughtBox wins Blueface Business Elevator Final
Monday, July 16, 2012
Friday, July 13, 2012
That’s Math! contains guided steps to SEE MATH and SAY MATH out loud to your kids. This includes instructions, printable quick reference cards and lots of opportunity to develop your positive math influence! In addition, That’s Math! includes printable sets of DO MATH worksheets, activities and coloring pages that your children can do with you or by themselves.
Why don't you check it out by yourself and let me know what you think in the comments below. Both Bon and I would love to get your feedback on this.
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Friday, April 20, 2012
- a crisis – which in our case means solving a customer problem
- the protagonist – which shows why you are qualified to solve the problem.
- the resolution – which is equivalent to the emotional value of the product: how you leave your customers feeling
- MVP = any action you can get a user to repeat.
- MSP = any action you can get a user to repeat and feel good about it.
So what’s your story? Why do you do what you do?
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Make sure you do it for the right reasons.
Always start with the user in mind.
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Still out of work, realising that I might not be entitled to social welfare, knowing that I wanted to start a business but having no idea what I wanted to do I decided to apply for the NDRC LaunchPad programme. The only thing I knew was that I needed to get on this programme in order to move forward. It seemed like the next logical step. So I took a week to do a lot of research, come up with an idea and completed the registration forms. I had no partner and no clue if I stood a chance. The luck was on my side and a few days before I was called to present my idea, I met Claire Burge, an entrepreneur that just sold her own business and offered to help me out. We have done the pitch together and fortunately won a place in the LaunchPad programme.
The programme started on the 5th of September for 3 months and at the same time… I decided to move in with my boyfriend.
Don’t engage in more than one stressful activity at a time.
What are the rules and life lessons you have learned the hard way? I’m really interested in your wisdom… so please drop a line below.Always add 1/3 more time for development and 2 times more time for defining the concept and product – market fit.
1. My Experience of Starting a Business
2. Create Your Own Opportunities
3. Take Some Time Off
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
As promised I would like to give you an update to the Galway Cycle and the weekend we spent on the road. So here are some Galway Cycle facts for 2012 some of which are pretty impressive and some of which you might know already:
- this was the 25th anniversary of the Galway Cycle
- 214 cyclists took part this year – which is a record so far.
- 22 support vehicles were on the road with us to get us to Galway safely.
- 1km – the length of the cycling “snake” at it’s best and 1.5km at it’s worst.
- 11.5 hours – the time it took us to get from Maynooth to Galway with 2 short 15min stops and 2 longer 40min stops
- 25km/h – the average speed we cycled at
- and finally we broke the record with a running total of over €122000 raised for Down Syndrome Ireland.
Thank you all so much for supporting me and helping raise this incredible sum!