As a fairly new member of the George Mobile Team, I was lucky enough to embark upon a business trip to Canada 3.0 with Stephen. During our 4 day stay in Stratford we were introduced to some interesting start-ups and companies. From large companies such as Opentext to a variety of small startups, we were able to showcase George Mobile to many different people. Here are a few startups I found particularly interesting:
My favorite start-up idea was BufferBox. BufferBox is a parcel delivery replacement service. Instead of shipping a parcel to a home address, the user would ship it to the BufferBox address. They would then enter a pin at the box and receive their parcel. What is most interesting about this service is that it can be set up entirely online and very quickly. While there are some limitations such as a maximum parcel size, the service would be extremely convenient for online shoppers and people with day jobs. If the service makes it out to Vancouver, you can be sure I’d use it.
Openera is a “cross-cloud content manager”, essentially a service for consolidating all of your cloud based file services (Dropbox, Google Drive) into one place. What is very cool about it is that it’s also designed for your mobile phone, with a web based user interface. Their goal is to allow people to access files as easily as possible, in as few clicks as possible, from any service. I would strongly recommend anyone who uses a variety of services to store their files online to try out Openera.
Our booth neighbours, Sitomic is a small start-up focused around developing mobile landing pages and unique offers. It’s nice to see clean and simple landing page with social media integration. One of their primary products is landing pages which incentivize social media sharing. Users are directed to a landing page offering them a discount to a service or product, and if they share it through social media, the offer is upgraded as a reward for sharing the offer. The service is good for both people and companies as it does not completely undercut businesses for creating a discount, much like Groupon does.
As for me, I was primarily manning the George Mobile booth, promoting the application to anyone who was keen on learning about what we do. George got a lot of positive feedback and suggestions. Being able to speak about George and practicing my pitch was an excellent experience. I’d love to return next year to see what people are doing then!