E194: TWiST South Africa Meetup on This Week in Startups



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From a “big brother” mobile dashboard for parents to perma-tags that move with you, we heard some seriously innovative ideas come out of the first TWiST South Africa meetup today. Make sure you watch until the end to find out who amongst Mobiflock, Motribe, Waytag, Snapbill, lessfuss and Cognician emerged the victor!

0:00-1:00 Welcome everyone to the first-ever TWiST South Africa meetup, live from Cape Town!
1:00-7:00 It’s been a strange week, hasn’t it? We’re all thinking about Steve Jobs, I know.
7:00-10:00 When your best moment is the most brilliant person on the planet telling you off, go kill yourself.
10:00-10:30 I learned that if you put a sexy teacher with cleavage in the middle frame, and we get five times the views. And I don’t want to play that game.
10:30-12:30 Thank you to MailChimp for sponsoring the show. Remember to thank @MailChimp on Twitter for their awesome support!
12:30-13:45 Welcome to Tyrone and everyone in South Africa!
13:45-15:00 Tyrone, have you been a fan of the show for a while?
15:00-16:00 What is the startup scene like in South Africa?
16:00-17:00 Where are you today? How many people are there?
17:00-19:00 Welcome to Vanessa from Mobiflock!
19:00-20:30 Tyler, what did you think?
20:30-22:15 Jason and Tyler both give it a 9 on design and Jason gives the product an 8.5.
22:15-24:00 When you have great branding, it’s a tell that it’s a good product.
24:00-25:30 Introducing Nic from Motribe. Take it away!
25:30-26:45 Tyler, how would you rate the presentation?
26:45-29:45 Tyler gives Nic a 7 for the pitch and a 8 for the business. Jason gives the exact same scores. The pitch was too fast and not personal.
29:45-32:00 Why did you build this, Nic?
32:00-33:00 Welcome to the show, Warren!
33:00-34:15 By a show of hands, who in the room has been bitten by a shark?
34:15-36:30 Warren from Waytag makes his pitch.
36:30-40:00 This is interesting, but you didn’t give a lot of concrete examples. Jason gives the website a 6.5.
40:00-41:45 Jason gives the pitch a 7 and the business an 8.5. Tyler gives the pitch an 8 and the business an 8.5.
41:45-45:00 Warren, are you going to build apps on top of this or offer it as an API for developers?
45:00-47:00 Welcome to Jaco of Snapbill with his pitch.
47:00-49:30 Tyler, based on that presentation, what does this business do?
49:30-52:00 Tyler gives the pitch a 4.5 (because of Jaco’s angry face) and the business a 7.5. Jason gives the pitch a 6.5.
52:00-52:30 Welcome to Brad from lessfuss.
52:30-55:00 Brad pitches lessfuss.
55:00-58:30 Jason gives the presentation a 7 and the business a 6. Tyler gives both the presentation and the business a 7.
58:30-1:00:15 Welcome to Patrick from Cognician. Let’s hear the pitch.
1:00:15-1:03:15 Tyler: Honestly, I’m still confused. The pitch was a 6.5 and the business was a 6.5. (Jason gives the pitch a 6.5 and the business a 7.)
1:03:45-1:08:00 There’s some nice design and branding going on.
1:08:00-1:10:00 Let’s hear it for Patrick, nicely done.
1:10:00-1:11:00 Jason and Tyler tally the scores.
1:11:00-1:12:00 Tyler thinks Jason’s #1 was Mobiflock and his #2 was Waytag. Jason thinks Tyler’s #1 was Waytag and his #2 was Mobiflock.
1:12:00-1:13:00 Mobiflock is the winner and Waytag is the runner up! Congratulations! Mobiflock and Waytag will both get five tickets and a table at the LAUNCH conference in March 2012 in San Francisco.
1:13:30-1:14:00 Thank you to Bandwidth Barn for hosting the meetup.
1:14:00-1:16:00 All of the other presenting companies will get two free tickets a piece to the event.
1:16:00-1:17:00 Let’s have a round of applause for Tyrone, for MailChimp and for everyone in South Africa who joined us today.
1:17:00- What’s next on Social Media today, Rob?

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Jason: @jason
Tyler: @steepdecline
Tyrone: @tyronerubin
Cognician: @cognician
Snapbill: @snapbill
lessufss: @lessfuss
Waytag: @waytag
Motribe: @motribe
Mobiflock: @mobiflock

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