Christoph Fahle
July 29, 2013

Startup of the Week: Thought of You

What is it?

Do you know that moment when you see something, hear a song or when you are at a certain locationand instantly think of someone? With Thought of You, an iPhone app (Android coming soon), you sendthese spontaneous thoughts to friends & family, by sending a photo, iTunes song preview, YouTubevideo or text. A thought really can be anything. The underlying message is always: “Check this out,this made me think of you…” A nice detail is that when you receive a thought, the push notificationon your phone screen reads - e.g. “Sally Thought of You”. The same way you show your friends whatmade you think of them, you discover what they associate with you. Over time, a truly uniquecollection of what connects you with friends & family emerges.

Why?!

We want to trigger fun and meaningful communication and avoid that the “Thought of You moments”, as we call them, drown in our busy everyday lives. Also, we aim to offer the best solution to let you see at a glance what really connects you with friends & family - so you can also think of Thought of You as a diary, scrapbook or a photo album which automatically grows over time.

What are your plans with it?

Being in beta stage, the next step is a first proof of concept. To achieve that, we are working ongrowing the user base and to offer the Android version as quickly as we can. Meanwhile we arecontinuously improving the product and see how we can evolve. We therefore invite everyone to giveit a try and see if Thought of You works for him/her.

What were the challenges you’ve gone through?

Setting up a powerful team certainly has been the biggest obstacle. People are the main asset whenyou build something new. But also deciding on how to make best use of your resources (mainly timeand money) has been very challenging.

How does your team like working from betahaus?

At first, we were two people working on Thought of You full time, having external consultants andprogrammers. The team then grew step by step and in our case, betahaus has been proving to be theideal place for that process. We believe it to be also to be the right fit for the next steps tocome. It is a great place to work as it combines all necessary features of a modern workplace. Youcan focus on your job, meet like-minded people and have fun.

Want to become part of the betahaus community? Find out how !

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.

Photo by Lea GK

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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