Pioneers

Pioneer Interview With Orla McCallion and Sean Judge of UniTuition

Orla McCallion and Sean Judge are the Co-founders and Managing Partners of UniTuition, an Irish-based leading online platform for connecting third level students with pre-screened specialist tutors. The easiest way to explain UniTuition is… UniTuition partners with 3rd level institutions to provide a centralised online marketplace for connecting students with screened peer tutors. Our tutors are…  Read more

Planning on building a peer-to-peer marketplace? An interview with Juho Makkonen

Creating a peer-to-peer marketplace is one of today’s most popular startup ideas. The success of platforms like Airbnb, Etsy and Fiverr have proven that the online marketplace model is very scalable, and can be applied to pretty much any area of business. We are just at the beginning of the platform era and will see…  Read more

Collaborative Pioneer Interview with Giustina Mizzoni from CoderDojo

CoderDojo is a global movement of free p2p coding clubs for young people. Giustina Mizzoni, CoderDojo’s Development Lead, tells us how CoderDojo is about building learning communities while encouraging creativity and having fun. The easiest way to explain CoderDojo is … Giving kids and young people all over the world better access to the magic…  Read more

Pioneer Interview with Robin Greenwood, Founder of Verni

Verni founder, Robin Greenwood, realised that there’s a treasure trove of art pieces locked away in artists’ studios and basements unseen by the public. Artists, talented as they are, need help making their presence known to prospective buyers.  And that’s what Robin set out to do–create a location-based platform that allows artists to connect with…  Read more

Collaborative Pioneer Interview With Gaston Irigoyen from Guidecentral

Guidecentral is a global community platform that brings together makers and DIY enthusiasts. Its multicultural founder & CEO, Gaston Irigoyen, tells us how Guidecentral is helping people monestise their crafting passions and how the content is becoming multilingual with the help of crowdsourced translations from local community makers. Describe yourself and what fueled you to…  Read more

Collaborative Pioneer Interview with Manuel Cayre from Mobypark

Mobypark allows parking owners to share their parking spot and contribute to a better living in cities. In this interview, co-founder Manuel Cayre talks about his inspiration for starting Mobypark and what’s ahead for his company now and in the near future. 1. What inspired you to start Mobypark? A real pain! We were going…  Read more

Collaborative Pioneer Interview with Bram and Brian from 3D Hubs

3D Hubs is the world’s largest and fastest growing network of 3D printers. In this interview, founders Bram de Zwart and Brian Garret talk about their inspiration for starting 3D Hubs and what they envision for the company further down the track.   1. What inspired you to start 3D Hubs? While working at 3D…  Read more

Pioneer Interview with Serenity Hill and Kirsten Larsen of the Open Food Network

Serenity Hill and Kirsten Larsen are co-founders of the Open Food Network, a free, open source, scalable e-commerce marketplace and logistics platform that enables communities and producers to connect, trade and co-ordinate the movement of food. What inspired you to start the Open Food Network? We had both done lots of work in policy and research…  Read more

Pioneer Interview with Tim Kunde of Friendsurance

Friendsurance is an online p2p insurance platform forging the way for people to get cash back from their insurance premiums. In this interview, co-founder and managing Director Tim Kunde explains how the collaborative platform enables cheaper and easier insurance options. The easiest way to explain Friendsurance is … Friendsurance is the pioneer of peer-to-peer insurance….  Read more

Pioneer Interview with Paul Slezak of Recruitloop

Paul Slezak is co-founder of RecruitLoop, an online platform disrupting the recruitment industry by providing employers with a flexible recruitment solution charged at an hourly rate. In this interview, Paul explains how the platform upends the hiring equation. 1.When you were working in a recruitment agency, what were some of the processes and the culture around…  Read more