ProductTank 2013

I'm going to be speaking at ProductTank Birmingham about Droplet, design and 'things that are good'. ProductTank Brum provides an opportunity for Product Managers or anyone who manages products (even if it's not your job title), in Birmingham and the West Midlands to exchange ideas and experiences about Product Design, Development and Management, Business Modelling, Metrics, User Experience, solving user problems, Product Strategy and... more...
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The band

You get some people together (startup), borrow some old instruments (fork something off GitHub), and start getting some songs together (MVP). Your mum and friends say "you guys sound pretty good!" (initial market validation), so your dad buys you a drum kit (friends and family round) and you record an EP (out of beta). You start playing local venues (initial traction) and build up... more...
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Significance

The vision statement of the Wikimedia foundation (who run Wikipedia) is; Imagine a world in which every single human being can freely share in the sum of all knowledge. That's our commitment. The sum of all knowledge, free, for every human. Wikipedia have scale challenges - they're the fifth-most-visited property on the web - but under the hood their technology is comprised of widely-used... more...
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Truths

Sometimes it's nice to get back to basics and examine the core reasons behind moving your startup in a particular direction. Here's some core truths behind our vision for Droplet: There is a need for an alternative, ethical approach to payments (and banking) That transaction fees are doomed and won't be around for long Software + the internet will always shift the balance of... more...
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A plea to developers: help reboot payment

We've got a fantastic iOS app called Droplet that lets you pay people, real shops as well as your friends, without transaction fees. We're also launching on Android too in the next few weeks. For our customers, we're all about the app - it's the only way they interact with our product and experience our service. We only really offer our customers a few... more...
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Droplet featured on TechCrunch

From the article: It’s so simple and disruptive I wonder why others haven’t really tried it. Droplet is a mobile money app on iOS that lets you load cash onto your phone and send payments to anyone – including participating retailers – for free. Droplet plans to disrupt mobile cash with no-charges payment app for iOS. more...
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We're doing for payments what MP3 did for CDs

If you think of the internet as just a series of pipes; then it's what you push down those pipes that matters. We used to buy CDs, but as MP3 compression and home internet connection speeds matured simultaneously, it became more convenient (and cheaper) to deliver music over the internet. Voice-over-IP (like Skype) means that long-distance telephone calls, once charged at a premium by... more...
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