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Telenet Kickstart alumnus Eightant talks new beginnings

  • On January 10, 2017
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Telenet Kickstart alumnus Eightant talks new beginnings  

Much has changed since Eightant first pitched their online communication platform for students and landlords to the Telenet Kickstart jury. Co-founders Siard van den Bosch and Nicolas Nijssen went their separate ways, while Raul Marcelino and Matthijs Spittel chose to continue working on the startup project. The beginning of a new chapter for Nicolas and himself, Siard gladly filled us in on the details.

Looking for that professional match

Raul, Matthijs, Nicolas and Siard remain good friends, but Siard believes that’s where things probably went wrong to begin with: “Being great friends does not automatically mean you’re a professional match. You should always put together a team in function of your product and what you want to achieve as a startup, not adapt your startup to the different personalities that make up your team. We all gave it our best shot, but ultimately it turned out we simply weren’t on the same page.”

Old endings, new beginnings 

Siard and Nicolas are currently focusing on their studies, but also have a new project in the pipeline, called Runcode: “We’ve been doing research on data collection and usage in HR environments, and noticed a strong need for a tool that delivers up-to-date information and is able to intelligently link those pieces of data together. Our tool will be based on artificial intelligence, and we’ll be developing it ourselves.”

Finding funding 

Because there’s no need for Siard and Nicolas to outsource expertise, they feel they can do without funding for now. “But as soon as we believe our product is ready to be introduced to the world, we’ll start looking for investors”, Siard adds. “I’m also quite sure we’ll be signing up for Telenet Kickstart again.”

Handling criticism 

To conclude, Siard was happy to share with us a few words of advice for startups and entrepreneurs new to the business: “Handling criticism can be hard at first, but never forget that feedback is what ultimately makes you stronger. Reversely, however, it’s important to stay true to your core values. Set up concrete goals and deadlines, and don’t let criticism tempt you into straying when there’s really no need to.”

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