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- Startups - Sweden vs. South Africa Meetup - TWiST #260

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1:00-3:00 Welcome everyone to the first city vs. city meetup! 3:00-5:30 Tyler, where are you today? 5:30-8:45 Thank you to our incredible sponsor Sourcebits! Everyone thank @Sourcebits for supporting independent media! 8:45-10:00 Welcome Ben Page from Sweden! What's going on over there? 10:00-14:00 First to pitch: Martin Walfisz of Planeto pitches his knowledge community that helps users explore and contribute to educational topics. 14:00-15:45 Jason gives Planeto's pitch an 8.5 and the product a 9. Tyler gives it an 8 and 9 respectively. 15:45-17:45 How is everything in South Africa, Tyrone? Any news on the companies that presented last time? 17:45-18:45 How do you solve a problem like bandwidth? 18:45-20:15 The first South Africa pitch is from MoneySmart, a personal finance management platform that aggregates all your financial information into a single spot. 20:15-21:45 How is this different from Mint? 21:45-26:30 Tyler, what did you like and what could be improved? (Tyler gives the pitch an 8 and the product 8.5/9.) 26:30-28:00 Stefan Bech pitches Wantr--think Pinterest meets a globally-minded 28:15-30:30 Tyler, what was the best part of that presentation? 30:30-33:30 Jason gives 8.5 on both the pitch and the presentation and so does Tyler. 33:30-34:30 Stefan, do you have a response for our feedback? 34:30-38:00 Thank you to GoToMeeting for supporting the show! Everyone thank @GoToMeeting! 38:00-40:45 Mark pitches TaxTim, a web-based, digital tax assistant that walks the user through the process and submits it automatically. 40:45-44:30 Jason gives both the pitch and the product an 8. 44:30-46:00 More about the value proposition with some statistics would have helped this pitch. 46:00-48:00 Are you planning on building an upsell product? 48:00-52:30 Jason and Tyler discuss the upcoming LAUNCH Education event. 52:30-54:30 Jens Hagman pitches Desmo, an online fundraising platform for non-profits that runs through ecommerce sites. 54:30-56:15 Tyler: He should have employed the "poster child effect": choosing one charity to focus on. 56:15-58:30 Jason and Tyler both give the pitch a 7. 58:30-1:00:00 Jens, any thoughts on our feedback? 1:00:00-1:03:00 In the final pitch from South Africa, we have Zac Rusagara from Idea Bounty, a platform for crowdsourcing creative ideas. 1:03:00-1:04:00 This is a brilliant idea. I can see ad agencies loving this. The pitch was a solid 8. 1:04:00-1:05:45 Tyler, what did you think of the idea and the presentation? (Tyler gives is a 7.) 1:05:45-1:06:45 Zac, feedback on our feedback? 1:06:45-1:09:00 How does anyone know who won and why? 1:09:00-1:10:15 Has it happened where a company wanted to buy more than one idea? 1:10:15-1:12:00 Jason and Tyler both agree that the site outage needs to be fixed. And they both give the idea a 9. 1:12:00-1:17:00 Jason and Tyler recap and debate over the merits of the pitches. 1:17:00-1:19:15 It was a great competition. Jason's #1 pick was Idea Bounty and his #2 was Planeto. Tyler had the reverse and he explains his thinking. So that means we have a tie for first! 1:19:15-1:21:30 The city winner, as determined by the third place vote is... Sweden! 1:21:30-1:25:00 Sweden, congrats! What do you have to say? 1:25:00-1:25:30 The TWiST Meetup cup goes to Sweden for now, but we'll have a rematch soon! See you all next time! Support This Week in Startups and independent media by joining the TWiST Producer Program at! Want to support TWiST another way? Use when you shop and a portion of your purchase will go toward helping keep independent media like TWiST on air! Keep up with the latest from our sister company, LAUNCH: Yahoo to Launch "Chrome Killer" Tonight First Eight Companies for LAUNCH Education & Kids The Age of Excellence