I am back in Estonia. And I have been frequently asked – “So, how was America?” And so far I haven’t been able to give a short, concise answer to that. USA is a country that you can experience in many different ways, because it has a lot of dimensions.
We thought that it’s about time to share more of our journey with all of you. So here is our first vlog entry. More to come soon!
This blog post is from our newest team member Mobina. Mobina is our first non-Estonian team member and super valuable part of the Silicon Valley team. She has studied human-computer interaction design in London where she wrote her phD thesis about How Environment Supports Creativity.
We don’t have an enormous budget to spend and we don’t have that much manpower either. This means we have to be clever. So far, we have attended around 10 big international tech events with SprayPrinter, so here are some examples of how we have stood out at these events.
Our CEO Richard and the brain behind SprayPrinter, our inventor Mihkel, spent two and a half weeks in Silicon Valley with a full agenda of meetings and events. In this interview they reflect back on the experience and discuss the deals they made there.
How to hack Silicon Valley – go there with two hands in your pocket, hustle yourself to the biggest start-up event there is, do a guerilla demo in the hallway and be invited to the main stage.
SprayPrinter’s CEO Richard discusses the difficulties of building a hardware startup in Estonia and his plans for the trip to Silicon Valley.
We want the users to be able to make printable designs based on any input image. Eventually you can do this right in the mobile app.
30 days, 6 countries, hundreds of donors, 0 sleep… From November 7th to Dec 7th we ran a Kickstarter to raise money for the development of our SprayPrinter 2 model.
SprayPrinter is a device of reproduction. You can print images to a wall. That doesn’t make you an artist. Ideas make you an artist. And SprayPrinter is a perfect tool to fulfil your ideas.
A large part of our development has focused on getting the pixels under control. And now it was proven that this can be done with paint. More than that, in addition to getting a better control over the pixel size, the shape of the pixels is also adjustable with these new paints.
I’ve studied marketing and financial management, but also renewable energy resources which means I have also studied chemistry. I was thrilled to explore the opportunities the best spray paint manufacturer could offer us.
First video post in our blog! 🙂 I will show you different prototypes and tell about ideas I have had during the development process. There is also an update about shipping for Indiegogo early birds.
Ajujaht is the biggest competition of business ideas in Estonia. In translation “ajujaht” means “brain hunt”. The show is a decent starting point for up-and-coming companies.
The thing that worried me the most was China’s reputation of copying products. In one Chinese factory there are at least 100 engineers who could probably develop SprayPrinter way quicker than us.
First, start-ups often tend to underestimate the power of marketing and communications. This is why I put down some teeny-tiny down-to-earth tips, so they could learn from my experience.
Sitting in the office we constantly argue about how the final user will work with SprayPrinter. One of these conversations ended with us packing the SprayPrinter and going to visit our friend Sänk in his art studio.