I spend a lot of time in Google Campus London building which offers a free space to work and also access to many other smart entrepreneurs. Two of those smart entrepreneurs, Anthony Francis & Manuel Frigerio, are working on a solution to one of Campus's biggest problems. They tell us more about their CampusBoard journey in this guest post below:
CampusBoard: Our Journey
If you've been to Campus London you’ll probably find many people drinking coffee & working on a wide range of projects. CampusBoard (www.campusboard.io) started as a pet project to learn how to code and after finding it difficult to engage with people and create meaningful connections when visiting Campus London.
With CampusBoard, we match you with people who are already looking for you. Whether you have a job, event or product, CampusBoard will instantly connect you with people that matter to you. For example, if you are looking for a ruby on rails developer or marketer, you simply published a pin of what you are looking for. Equally, you can setup alerts to be notified whenever someone creates an opportunity your are interested in.
We launched in January 2014 and have just passed 600 users, making revenue and seeing really strong growth!
It hasn't been a walk in the park after trying to get Campus London’s blessing and support but to no avail. CampusBoard is the missing piece of the puzzle at Campus London and the growing London tech community. Working with Campus London may of helped us achieve our goals in a shorter space of time. However, we have to keep things moving.
We’ve been hustling since the beginning. We printed A3 posters and pinned them to Campus London local notice boards, scraped Campus London job board & members page, followed all their Twitter followers & printed a 1000 business cards which we handed out to members in the cafe and other floors. We also promote our site on popular startup Facebook groups and job boards. The one thing we should of done differently upon launch that might have grown CampusBoard further, was to be more aggressive with our tactics.
We genuinely want to give Campus London members the ability to instantly connect with other members and stimulate offline connection. We are a big believer of “asking for forgiveness than permission”. Asking for permission is just going to slow us down.
Our long term vision it to instantly connect people with whatever they are looking for at any given time. The world is becoming ever-growing connected place. We want to deliver an experience where users can specify what they are looking for (jobs, events or opportunities) and within minutes Campus Board will notify them.
In 6 months time, we hope to be doing the same things but just on a bigger scale. What does that look like? Maybe 100,000 users, partnering with other co-working spaces and CampusBoard being the number one online destination for the London tech community. In all honesty, we genuinely want to continue making peoples lives better by allowing our users to instantly connect with each other.