Talking to attendees
The whirlwind began promptly on Wednesday morning, when we set up our booth in the main hall and began talking to the participants about shoto. Whenever we explain shoto, we start with two simple questions: “Have you recently been on a trip or to a party where you’ve wanted to see the photos your friends took?” & “Did you see them?” We knew the answer for ourselves many months ago when shoto was born, and it still amazes us how many people agree with us: “Yes! This happens all the time! It takes me weeks.” As the day went on, we continued to meet people who shared this problem. And as they tried shoto, we’re happy to say many saw the value in solving that problem in a simple and automatic way.
Pitching on stage
Later that day, Sachin (our chief wizard and my co-founder) took the stage to present a 4 minute demonstration of shoto in front of a panel of judges.
It was an excellent opportunity to answer some questions around how we are different from our competitors, what “photo sharing” means to us, and how our early testing has been going. While we are a young company and our product is just launched, we got some really great feedback on a lot of our work, and felt really great returning to the floor to continue talking to the many Web Summit attendees.
What would a conference be without…
…a Bollywood-meets-Halloween party?! Well, I guess it doesn’t happen often, and that might just be the reason why our party at the Night Summit was so rockin! In fact secretly – it was the best party in Night-Summit!
The party featured two amazing singers, Kanika Kapoor and Arjun, and lots of photos featured on our photo-screen. We used a screen linked up to our app to show everyone the immediacy of shoto; as people at the party took pictures with our app and set the privacy to “world”, they saw them appear right away on the screen for the world to see! We felt it would be a great way to convey the feeling you get when the app works for you, and we’re glad so many people agreed. Everyone had a great time = mission accomplished
Some people questioned why a young company needed a party – but think about it – we are about letting you share moments – and what a better moment than this.
Wrapping up on the final day
The second and final day of the Web Summit was much like the first, except this time we had lots of people approaching us saying how much fun they had at the “Bollyween” party the night before. We continued to ask people about their experience trying to collect the photos that they and their friends take together, and even had the opportunity to speak in depth about shoto with some people that had been using it since the first day of the conference. All of the discussions we had and feedback we collected are invaluable. As we continue to improve the shoto experience, we get closer and closer to creating a truly engaging and simple way to share memories with the people that matter most to you, and we couldn’t do that without hearing from you.
And we were reminded that the problem we’re trying to solve is quite real. Many people don’t have all of the photos that they want to have, not even with services like Facebook, Flickr, Instagram, and others that require you to manually upload your photos and select who to share with. The Dublin Web Summit left us even more impassioned to solve this problem, and we hope you give shoto a try and let us know how we’re doing!
Oh and we had some great conversations around our financing round but more to come on that in the near future.
Nick & Sachin