“Something has clicked within the start-up ecosystem” says Emma Sinclair, co-founder of EnterpriseJungle and the youngest woman in the United Kingdom to take a company public at the age of 29. “The symbiosis between large corporates and start-ups is now critical if Europe is to gain the competitive edge….”
EnterpriseJungle join hundreds of Britain’s most successful start-up founders to lobby the Prime Minister to shelve plans to clamp down on skilled migrants and why the immigration clampdown will hurt UK technology start-ups.
The excitement that the entrepreneurship path brings cannot be matched, but as with most of life’s major rites of passage, while you can never be truly prepared for the ride, you can make choices for the right reasons and always do your homework.
In 2014 it will be the first question.
There is a reason people think Dante was talking about startups when he read the sign on the gate “Abandon hope all ye who enter here.” The better you do, the harder the job and the greater the burden on your shoulders. A good problem to have – but a problem nonetheless – especially for a resource-strapped startup.
Handling negativity needs to be done with dignity – and though not seemingly ideal, there are positives for any startup facing this challenge. Critical reviews and negative comments mean one good thing already: someone tried your product!
Competition is good. If you’re paying attention, it ensures you are delivering the best product combined with the best experience and at the best price. This is because market forces are at work giving the customer – your potential customer – choice, and you want the customer to choose you. It forces you to stop idling and focus fast so that your startup has the best possible chance of success.
EnterpriseJungle is a new startup that asks ‘who will you discover?’ and helps professionals discover ‘peers’ that they should be connected to, but aren’t. These may be other people in the same company, or possible sales leads in other companies. EnterpriseJungle pulls this off by tapping into the data available in profiles of other corporate users, and from solutions like Linkedin.
“We can find the people missing in your network that you should know, and we can find the people that you should know but don’t,” Sinclair explained. “We provide this very [specific] value on top of your existing ESN (enterprise social network) provider — Jive, Yammer, SuccessFactors — whatever it is, we’re able to jump in there…and sit on top of any data set, and provide recommendations.”
Video Interview with RedMonk Analyst Tom Raftery at SAP TechEd in Las Vegas about the SAP Startup Accelerator Program and the benefits EnterpriseJungle has enjoyed.
Most social networks are designed to connect people with their peers or colleagues, but EnterpriseJungle takes it one step further: This social discovery platform finds connections between users they didn’t know they could make. EnterpriseJungle, which is integrated with LinkedIn, leverages a person’s LinkedIn contacts to create an individualized network of colleagues. The best way to introduce new people is through mutual friends, says James Sinclair, EnterpriseJungle’s co-founder. And EnterpriseJungle steps in and assumes the role of a friend who is ready to make the proper introductions.