Pioneers

Collaborative Pioneer Interview with Lester, Co-founder of PandaBed

Lester Kang is the co-founder of  PandaBed (with James Chua) a home sharing marketplace platform that focuses on the Asian region. In this interview Lester shares with Diane Jung, our curator for Asia how PandaBed convinces the culturally conservative Asian market to share its homes. How did you come up with the name PandaBed? The name PandaBed…  Read more

Collaborative Pioneer: An Inside Interview with GoCar Ireland’s Colm Brady

Colm Brady, Managing Director, has helped grow GoCar Ireland to a 75 vehicle, 3,000 member operation over the past two years. He tells us how providing great customer experiences and word-of-mouth referrals have powered this growth.  The easiest way to explain GoCar is … GoCar is an on-demand, pay-by-the-hour vehicle rental service that offers a…  Read more

Collaborative Pioneer: An Inside Interview with Gee-Hwan Chuang, Co-founder of Listia

Gee-Hwan Chuang worked on a number of web and networking companies prior to creating Listia. He enjoys solving hard problems and secretly dreams of one day becoming a pro bass angler. In the meantime, he’s trying to earn as many Listia credits as he can in the hopes that someone will list a fishing boat. Speaking…  Read more

COLLABORATIVE PIONEER INTERVIEW WITH MAARTEN DE JONG, MANAGING DIRECTOR AT ONEPLANETCROWD

Maarten de Jong, the Managing Director for Oneplanetcrowd, a crowdfunding  platform for social or sustainable projects shares his company’s story. 1. What inspired you to start Oneplanetcrowd? Oneplanetcrowd was founded by StartGreen, a venture capital firm for sustainable (technological) innovations, managed by Coenraad de Vries and Laura Rooseboom. They saw crowdfunding was becoming increasingly popular…  Read more

Pioneer Interview: Bruce Good from OurHood

OurHood is a private social network for neighbourhoods. As a digital platform OurHood aims to promote safer and better connected neighbourhoods, by linking the digital and physical worlds. It provides a platform for residents to engage across multiple devices. Our South African curator, Lauren Wallett, met with the creator: Bruce Good. Where did the idea…  Read more

Pioneer Interview: Iseult Ward from FoodCloud

FoodCloud.ie is a community-based social enterprise start-up in Dublin, Ireland, that brings food businesses and charities together, matching those with too much food with those who have too little. Since 2013, FoodCloud has been able to shift an equivalent of 325,000 meals (148 tonnes) of destined food waste to community charities. Co-founder Iseult Ward (left…  Read more

COLLABORATIVE PIONEER INTERVIEW WITH AART VAN VELLER, FOUNDER OF VANDEBRON

Vandebron is a startup based out of  The Netherlands that enables people to buy their power directly from a sustainable producer. The company sees itself playing an important role in the transition to an autonomous energy supply. In this interview, Aart tells us more about the company and what he envisions for it in the…  Read more

Collaborative Pioneer Interview with Onur Ekinci of Peer Academy

Onur Ekinci is the co-founder of Peer Academy, a Melbourne-based professional development company that brings together innovators and collaborators who are passionate about accelerating change in their organisations. In this interview Onur explains the evolution and thinking behind this new peer to peer learning model with Darren Sharp. Why did you and co-founders Kylie Long…  Read more

Collaborative Pioneer Interview with SweepSouth Founders, Aisha Pandor and Alen Ribic

Aisha Pandor and Alen Ribic are the co-founders of SweepSouth – an online platform for connecting homeowners with excellent, reliable, experienced domestic cleaning professionals – basically Uber for cleaning professionals. We bumped into them at the recent Start-Up South Africa event where they walked away as winners in the Get Up Start-up competition with an…  Read more

Collaborative Pioneer Interview with Andy Taylor, Founder of Yatango

Andy is the co-founder of Yatango,  a collaborative consumption technology platform based in Australia.He is also the co-founder of p2p money lending platform, SocietyOne. In this interview, he talks about Yatango, a platform that allows users to build their on mobile plans and allows them to change it on a month to month basis to…  Read more