In an alphabetical order get to know #GetVunked2015 team No. Six - RebelRoam & Co-founders Henri Ploom. A strong team of four co-founders and a vision to disrupt stagnant incumbents but at the same time looking after stakeholders expectations - a tricky one to tackle, still no one else would be better suited for the challenge.
What entrepreneurs do you admire and why?
role model is the father of all rebellious startuppers – Richard Branson. He is
for sure super outgoing, fun and creative. But most of all, we have adopted his
advice for David fighting his Goliath – focus on a higher quality product and
better user experience.
Tell about your team dynamics.
It’s about pulling the same rope. We only have four co-founders at the moment and this makes collaboration easy, of course. Three of us have been working together for quite some time, since 2004 to be precise. We’re able to tackle all obstacles by already knowing each other’s strengths and weaknesses.
Therefore, we’re also a bit like a family too – there are often furious debates over dual opinions. One of us then needs to choose his side to make things happen, but there’s never personal issues with going with the flow.
What does success look like for your company?
we manage to walk our path in a way that makes everybody happier. We sure love
to destroy stagnant incumbents, it’s what progress is about. However, it’s not
ok for us to hurt nor neglect individuals. As a business, we have not failed
until all stakeholders (incl. investors) expectations have been met.
What will your market look like in five years
as a result of using your product or service?
Our goal is
to force the competition to a different level. We see that the mobile broadband
market is over sophisticated as of now and does not serve its customers nor
suppliers well. In five years, maybe sooner, customers will no longer be locked
in with one service provider. There will be a SIM card free marketplace of
mobile connectivity services; there will be less terrestrial mobile operators
and more accessible satellite broadband. We think that RebelRoam will become
the pioneer of a new mobile connectivity marketplace model.
Being a Telia Estonia startup lab, Vunk has helped companies partner with Telia to improve their offering and get access to the market. Vunk ran an accelerator for 2 years and pivoted to Collaboration framework this Spring.
e-Commerce to us is also anything
and everything transactional and dynamic – it is about enabling our customers
to complete purchases, subscriptions, manage their services and get help to
their questions in our digital channels just as they do in our stores – 24
hours a day, 365 days a year. Read more »
Tackling SmartCities and Digitalization
IoT for Telia has become the cornerstone for innovation. It is now time transform it into a more concrete framework, where there are more opportunities for partnerships. At VUNK, we look for companies offering state-of-the-art IoT services, are intelligently tackling SmartCity problems and offering value to their SME and B2B clients. Read more »
Technology today allows us to track our
activities, sleeping hours, nutrition intake, as well as, monitoring of other
vital attributes. But data without context and knowledge is worthless. The
question is, how can we use this personally or collectively generated data to
achieve greater good? Read more »