Startup Spotlight: Muzivo

Startup Spotlight: Muzivo

Muzivo MUZIVOis a powerful new music social-network that puts you in touch with music apps you may have not heard of.

In essence, it’s like a music app directory allowing you to discover music apps that exist to play music of a specific genre.

Once you create an account, Muzivo enables you to build personalised news and events feeds, stream music, create playlists and save your favourites.

What’s more, this app lets you to create your own app, customizing it to suit your taste.

When it’s ready, you can start sharing whatever you want on it. Yes, that’s right – you’ll be able to upload your music, photos, videos, bio, shows or even access your Facebook and Twitter feeds.

 

By: Miamii Mansour

Creative agenices join to help Tech City combat area’s skills shortage #GrowTechCity

Creative agenices join to help Tech City combat area’s skills shortage #GrowTechCity

When Hai Media Group first heard about the Connecting Tech City project, to unlock the talent of youth in the area and help connect young people with learning programmes and jobs within the growing tech sector’s businesses, we applauded. Now, we’ve gotten on board to help in making this fantastic project take off here!

We think this effort ticks all the right boxes for helping East London thrive by:

  • Opening up opportunities for hundreds of young people to learn, and work, in Tech City
  • Giving employers better access to a pool of talent that is much needed to grow tech businesses and reduce the skills shortage
  • Connecting employers and educators with young people, parents and teachers through an online platform

Please read more about Connecting Tech City below in the press release. If you are a member of the media, or just interested in hearing more about the project and coming along to one of the exciting events planned – please get in touch: [email protected]

#GrowTechCity

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tech City Creative Agencies Join to Combat Area’s Skills Shortage

Connecting Tech City, a collaboration across the tech industry in East London,appoints Pleo, Rosie Lee and Hai Media Group to build a new digital platform to tackle the skills shortage

London, 29th October 2014 –  Responding to the widely recognised challenge among Tech City startups that there is a talent shortage holding back business growth, today Connecting Tech City announce the appointment of three leading creative tech agencies (Pleo, Rosie Lee, Hai Media Group) to develop an online platform to tackle the problem. The platform, to be revealed in the Spring of next year, will connect young people, parents, and teachers to local opportunities to learn digital skills and engage with employers.

The skills gap, London tech firms report, is most keenly felt in East London’s Tech City area, where there is the largest concentration of tech businesses in Europe. Over the last year, tech firms have come together to address the problem, through the Connecting Tech City collaboration, brokered by Centre for London.

“Many of the best Digital Learning Programmes in the UK have grown out of the East London tech cluster,” said Jess Tyrrell, Director of the Connecting Tech City programme. “But it is difficult to access these programmes unless you know where to look. We need information to be much more accessible and we need local young people to feel that these opportunities are for them.”

The platform, which is backed by many of the leading firms in Tech City, will radically scale up the number of young people accessing cutting edge digital learning.

The platform itself will be designed and developed by Pleo, a leading digital design agency producing cutting edge products that create and shape human behaviour. Creative agency Rosie Lee are developing the brand and visual identity to reach and inspire young people. Hai Media Group are providing public relations and social media support. The agencies are supporting the project with a mixture of paid and pro bono support.

“This is a really exciting opportunity to level the playing field for young people who want to get into digital” says Nic Mahlunge, junior designer at Pleo. “It has to be relevant to young people like me, who are using the best of interactive and social media tools. We’re very excited to be involved.”

“Young people from each of the agencies will play a big part in the design”, says Asma Nahar, 28, who is working as Community Manager for the project. “I’ll be working alongside  Sami Janjer, Account Manager at Rosie Lee and social media lead Miamii Mansour from Hai Media Group, both 23. All of us are young people who know what it is like breaking into the digital industry, and therefore closer to the experience of our users.”

The platform officially launches in March 2015.

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MEDIA CONTACTS

Hai Media Group:

Lisa Devaney, [email protected] | 07711 238173

Connecting Tech City:

Jess Tyrrell, [email protected] | 07779 348180

Rosie Lee:

Russell Clayton, [email protected] | 020 7613 3752

NOTES FOR EDITORS

      1. About Connecting Tech City:

The Connecting Tech City initiative, launched in May 2014, aims to bring the Tech City community together in a new drive to help ensure London’s young people – especially those in East London, some of the Capital’s poorest – can benefit from all the opportunities that Tech City has to offer, and that Tech City benefits from a skilled local workforce. The Connecting Tech City project is being coordinated by the Centre for London, a politically independent think tank and registered charity which aims to help London build on its great strengths and meet its great challenges.

Visit: www.centreforlondon.org/connecting-tech-city

Follow @centreforlondon

2. About Pleo:

Pleo is a consultation, strategy and design studio for mobile and innovation projects. We are deeply collaborative and insight driven in everything we do and focus our energy on projects that deliver genuine impact.

Visit: www.pleo.co

3. About Rosie Lee:

Rosie Lee is a hybrid media agency. With expertise in branding, digital, retail design and advertising, Rosie Lee bring a strong creative lead and best in class project management to collaborative projects.

Visit: rosieless.co.uk, instagram.com/rosie.lees

Follow: @Rosie_Lees

4. About Hai Media Group:

We are a public relations consultancy serving tech startups.

Visit: www.haimediagroup.com

Follow @HaiMediaGroup

Startup Spotlight: Zealify

Startup Spotlight: Zealify

What is Zealify?

Zealify

Zealify

Zealify is an online platform that wants to change the way we look for jobs. Normally, you’d apply for a job – and that’s it, right?

Well, Zealify goes one step further. It’s a job site that shows its clients the full picture before they apply.

Users can browse through images of the office, watch video interviews with current employees and read a detailed description about the company’s culture.

Hai Media Group had the pleasure of interviewing Lauren Hine, co-founder and CEO of Zealify, here’s what she had to say…

1) How would you describe Zealify to those who may not have heard of it?

Zealify seeks to change the job search process for junior level talent through showcasing the cultures of high growth, SME’s through online profiles. The profiles include photos of the offices, video interviews with employees and content about the company culture. Those who are searching for a job get to find out exactly what it is like to work for a company before they apply for a position.

2) When did the Startup begin?

The Startup began in February 2014.

3) Who are your target audience?

Our target audience are individuals who are between one and five years out of university,  We are trying to cater to people who may have had some work experience perhaps in a large company, found it wasn’t for them and are now looking for a new challenge.

4) Why Zealify? What makes you stand out from all the other employment websites?

Unlike generic job boards Zealify allows users to find out what it is really like to work at a company. Other employment websites will bombard job searchers with messages about available positions with no thought into whether the job searcher will fit into the hiring company. Through the zealify platform, small to medium sized companies can stand out from other companies by showing visually the values that their team believe in. This allows potential employees to figure out whether they would be a good fit or not, with a far higher accuracy than a typical job board.

5) What fields do you specialise in?

Zealify only profiles high-growth Startups and SME’s. The companies are carefully selected based on their employee centric nature and good working environment. Generally fast paced, innovative companies are hiring for roles across a variety of fields which enables us to offer our users numerous positions in areas such as marketing, HR and software development.

6) How would Zealify know if it’s made it? (goals, achievements)

Zealify will know it has made it when it is the chosen place for starting a job search. We are working towards building a platform that has all the necessary resources in one place to help individuals succeed in a career they love. We regularly receive great feedback from our users commending Zealify for its personal approach to career advice.

7) What’s next for Zealify?

Zealify is going to start its second investment round. This money will allow us to expand our team. Through expanding our team we will be able to reach more people with our service and achieve our long term goal.

By Miamii Mansour

Startup Spotlight: Trunx

Startup Spotlight: Trunx

Since the rise of Instagram, photo apps have become all the rage! However, to move away from the mainstream — Trunx is definitely a relatively new photo storage app to shout about.

Hai Media Group had the opportunity to interview Trunx’s Marketing VP, Sandra Ponce de Leon, here’s what she had to say:

Trunx

What is Trunx?

Trunx is a photo storage app that allows its users to snap, organise and store all their photos in a safe, private and secure storage vault for an unlimited amount of time.

The app works to free up storage on your smart device by uploading all of your photograph’s to Trunx’s secure cloud – allowing anytime, anywhere access to all your photographs and at your fingertips.  

Users no longer need to worry about their device’s memory, as Trunx acts as  built-in app storage vault.

How does SharedPix work?

This feature lets users share their photos with friends and family privately.  And participants in the album are be able to view a live feed of  photographs which the Album owner has shared.

Why Trunx? Where did the inspiration behind such a creative app spring from?

Jeff Chen

Jeff Chen is really the visionary behind the company – as an experienced entrepreneur and founder, he is always looking for imaginative solutions to problems.

He realized that his visual legacy was scattered on everything from digital cameras to social networks to mobile phones to old thumb drives and decided he needed one place where he could have access to every photo he ever took in a way that was very easy to find.

Given his experience with Maxthon – the worlds 6ths largest cloud based browser – he knew the answer was in the cloud. And thus came the idea for Trunx.

If you could give an elevator pitch to a prospective Trunx user what would you say?

Trunx is your entire photo collection accessible at your fingertips. Every photo you’ve ever taken – on your phone, your camera, etc. – without the hassle of multiple devices or services. Forget which hard drive that photo of your daughter on her first birthday is on? No worries, Trunx has you covered.

It looks like you have a number of great features that set you apart from other apps out there. Can you tell us what the top differences are from other photo apps? And, what sets you apart from the giant Instagram?

Our mission is to be the world’s largest visual memory bank. In order to fulfill on that promise, we have a commitment to our core values of trust, security, privacy, safety and ease of use which are embedded into the product itself.

We take the security of our users’ memories very seriously and use encryption on both the transmission and storage of data. We also have a hybrid cloud infrastructure in place that further protects our user’s precious memories.

Unlike Instagram, we focus on organization, storage and accessibility of your entire visual life.  That said, not ALL of your photos are meant for sharing – some are private and meant only for you, or just a small group.

We have SharedPix which is a collaborative photo album for just sharing with friends and family. One perfect use-case might be a girls trip among friends that all took pictures on their phones and want to share, but at the same time don’t want to have those bikini pictures ending up on Facebook.

Other differences include our EchoPix feature which allows users to capture photos with sound, as well as the fact that we are offering unlimited storage until the end of September.

On average, how many users does Trunx get per month? Can you share this information with us at this time? Or, give a monthly average of downloads?

We’re not disclosing numbers at the moment but we’ve been growing at a steady and rapid rate – we’re very pleased with our progress.

Which tools did you use to help maximise Trunx’s user-outreach?

We’re big fans of SurveyMonkey which we use to send out surveys to our customers on a regular basis in order to find out what they love about Trunx and what kinds of features they’d like us to develop in the future. Mailchimp is our email platform, and of course we use social platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ and Tumblr.

We also leverage our own product using SharedPix as a way to get the word out – we’ve been creating shared community of photo albums at a variety of events and festivals like Macworld, SF JazzFest, Outsidelands and others.  We are also currently hosting a SharedPix contest called Share the Peace where we’re asking friends of Trunx to submit their pictures with a peace sign – one of our mascot Max’s favorite signs!

If you could give three top tips to an aspiring an entrepreneur with a BIG idea, what would they be?

1) Find the pain point first: what is the problem you are trying to resolve? Look at it from every angle and be meticulous in your examination. Once you have that you can verify whether these pains exist across a broader market.

2) Staying small and scrappy forces you to be creative and resourceful: it is always good to keep that mindset regardless of the funding situation – a lot can be done with a little!

3) Talk to your customers and prospective customers regularly and religiously.  Not only do they provide great insight – i.e. just because it makes sense to you, does not mean your users will get it.

The only way to find out is to conduct testing and observe. It is critical to develop a relationship with your customers early on and bring them into your product and brand conversations. This makes for a valuable and dedicated user base that feels invested in your product and team

What future plans do you have for the company?

Our plans are to continue to develop the product and grow our user base.  We have some exciting changes coming soon to Trunx that we can’t wait to unveil.  As mentioned previously, our goal is be the world’s biggest memory bank, and we still have a lot of work to do to be able to fulfill that promise.

How do you see Trunx achieving them?

We’re committed staying in constant contact with our users and keeping them in the loop on new features we are developing as well as company direction.  Following our own advice – we’re small and scrappy and need to be creative and unique to stand apart.

Can you give us a little background on your status as a startup? When were you founded? Who have you gotten investment from and how much? Please share what you choose with us on this front.

Lifetime Memori Inc, Trunx’s parent brand was founded in 2013 by Jeff Chen and Jay Shen.  We are self-funded right now with no plans in the near future to take on any investments although that could change.  Right now our focus is fully on our customers and making a beautiful, useful product that people love.

By: Miamii Mansour

SPOTLIGHT: Barbican Digital Revolution

SPOTLIGHT: Barbican Digital Revolution

The summer holidays are among us, and if you’re looking for a super-cool technology exhibition interesting for parents and kids – Barbican’s Digital Revolution is the one!

Located inside the Barbican Centre, Digital Revolution is a must-see technology exhibit that celebrates past, present and future gadgets.

Upon entering you’re greeted with a blast from the past of all things electronic, anything from Nintendo’s First Generation Gameboy to the first Apple computer.

As visitors continue to move through the exhibition, they are sent on a journey through time and advanced technology.

Barbican’s Digital Revolution is an interactive exhibit, and promises to keep you entertained. Visitors can play PacMan, Playstation’s 1st Generation, and use their bodies to form shadow-computer generated imagery.

Hai Media Group’s personal favourite has to be Will.i.am’s music installation #pyramidi. Pyramidi is described as the ‘future of music’.

The Projection Mapping Visual Art Show is made up of three robotic pyramids that listens to a piece of music, and plays it back in unison. Will chose “Dreaming Of The Future” – a song that he produced – to showcase Pyramidi’s best features.

Another project that featured in Barbican’s Digital Revolution is Will.i.am’s i.am.Angel Foundation showcase (a charity that specialises in supporting children from disadvantaged backgrounds). Students presented gadgets which they created as part of the programme.

If you’d like to attend Digital Revolution, you’ve got to be quick as it concludes on 14th September

RATING: 5*

PRICES: £12.50 (standard), £8.75 (yellow membership), £8.50 (students), £10.50 (unemployed), £10.50 (senior),  £5.00 (child 5-12y/o), £8.50 (young person 12-17y/o)

– Miamii Mansour

Nintendo First Generation Gameboy

Apple First Computer

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Nintendo Gameboy Set

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GPRS Projection

Will.i.am Pyramidi

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