Katka Nagyová
June 1, 2015

Meet the startup halfBake.io

An interview with the founders of halfBake.io about theyr story and how they started

Who are you?

We are Halfbake.io. Saurabh, the Co-Founder/CEO is a UI/UX designer with 14 years of work experience. He also looks after Product Strategy and Social Media. Jigyasa is the Co-founder/CTO and a Full-stack engineer with 7 years of work experience. She works with Ruby on Rails, Javascript, AngularJS and DevOps at halfBake. We met as colleagues at Slideshare (now acquired by LinkedIn - www.slideshare.net) working with the development team back home in New Delhi, India.

What’s the story of HalfBake.io?

HalfBake is our second startup as co-founders. The idea came out of our own challenges while working on our previous startup – www.motorpaneer.com. We were building a recommendation engine that helped Indian car buyers pick the best new car for them. As a designer/developer team, we had no trouble building new features, but we really struggled to figure out which ideas to go after next. Like every other team, we had a whole bunch of ideas and no clue how to evaluate and prioritize them. So we came up with some complicated excel sheets to rank and analyze ideas between the two of us. We also had a whole lot of amazing mentors, advisors and investors at our disposal, but we didn’t know how to keep them in the loop for our ideation process. We were also working on a way to get feedback from users on our website and include it in our ideation process.

Eventually, we decided to move on from our previous startup and began building our internal solution as a web app that any team can use. And that’s HalfBake.io now. It’s a web app that helps your team gather new ideas and get early feedback while you evaluate and refine them into a smarter roadmap. It helps you include your team, your external stakeholders as well as the users on our website in the ideation process. Your team can use it to test your assumptions early and avoid making costly mistakes.

What’s your traction been?

We built the first version of our User Engagement tool – the Hollerback Widget in a month and released it last week. It helps teams get feedback and ideas from users on their website. We got featured by BetaList and have more than 480 beta sign-ups from all over the world and are consistently getting 10-20 new sign-ups every day. Anyone who wants to see how our awesome new tool works, can check out the personalized demo. We’re running a limited time free trial for early bird sign-ups.

How’s your time in ASPnP?

Our time at Axel Springer Plug and Play has been really great. We made some great connections and got feedback from a lot of mentors from diverse backgrounds.

Your favourite startup?

We are huge fans of LayerVault (RIP), Slack, AirBnB and Sketch. In Germany, we absolutely love Number26 for doing something completely new, bold and executing it this well.


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Ellie: Two years ago we adopted a new legal structure for Jolocom GmbH according to the purpose model of ownership, manifesting our commitment and dedication to building a self-sovereign organization. That means we can’t take VC funding or sell public shares of the company. 

Volker: Jolocom is a community driven organisation – both in a tech sense but also much further beyond. We’re hugely involved in the DWeb community where we organize and attend events for the decentralized community. Every year we also help organize and attend the DWeb Camp in San Francisco, which brings together all kinds of creatives so this technology of tomorrow is built in a collaborative way.

Ellie: I know that before joining betahaus Jolocom was in the Ethereum office – a collaborative blockchain space for companies also building on the same platform and the idea was always to stay within a coworking space. When they closed and we had to move, the next closest choice in terms of company culture was betahaus. 

Ellie: The people in the building and the spaces are just really cool. I personally don’t go to community events as much as i would like to but I still end up meeting a lot of people here. Mostly in the kitchen. One of my good friends is actually someone I met in betahaus. 

Volker: I once saw a friend of mine presenting at betabreakfast and I didn’t know that he would be here. It was so funny seeing him on the stage.

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Volker: There is this really nice place, called Green Rabbit with salads and baked potatoes where I like to go to. Sometimes I just keep it simple and go to Lidl.

Ellie: I eat a lot in west.berlin cafe which is here around the corner and I love the Matcha Lattes from Starbucks.

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