Approximately 10 months ago I had two visitors, Daan and Wim, talking about their device. Today I talked to hundreds.
A 3D-printed hexagon filled with some hardware. At least that was what I understood. My first remark was based on a focus on the software side of the product. At my desk we talked about shared values, development, big data and of course: the device. I can’t exactly remember the content, but I remember that at some point they started talking about how the infrastructure and the hex should speed big data development and data science. For 10 months now they claimed “This is it! Big data developers and Data Scientists around the world need this. Why should they spend time on infrastructure?”. In the mean time, I joined the company.
Today it was my first public appearance for Bigboards. We are launching the Hex to the large public at Cebit. The attraction really surprised me. In hall 11 (Scale 11 is Cebit’s hall for all startups) we met hundreds of people. They are really interested, asking questions like “What is this!?”. The answer “This is it! Big Data developers around the world need it.” was not sufficient. I started experimenting my own pitch. “it’s a personal data center”. Some understood, some did not. Adding things like “You can easily provision it with tints, like the app store on your smartphone. These are all Big Data development platforms, like Hadoop or Spark or ElasticSearch.”. Some recognized their personal struggle with infrastructure set-up, some did not.
Apart from our own product I discovered some nice technology start-ups:
To summarize … a good feeling about this first public launch event.