A couple of weeks ago, I had a delightful lunch meeting with Helene Vo from TechZulu. Helene is a good friend of mine, one that I admire tremendously I must add. Our meeting was a cozy interview where I got the opportunity to talk about what entrepreneurship means to me and explain my previous statements that the entrepreneurial process globally, yes including here in the U.S. not just abroad, is broken and needs fixing.
Nearly two years ago, I began working on a startup I called Miigle (www.miigle.com), which is a global social collaboration platform that allows people to develop their ideas or grow their startups by connecting with other entrepreneurs, investors, mentors, potential product users who share their interests and want to help. Miigle was my solution to the woes, many of them unnecessary, that entrepreneurs around the world faced or experienced.
While most platforms that foster innovation are placing their bet on the funding aspect (understandably so), I’ve decided to place my bet on the people, our diversity, and collective knowledge. Let’s just say I’m a fan of long term strategies.
Sure, money matters and by no means am I trying to diminish its importance but I didn’t find it to be the key piece in this puzzle. I think ideas or projects that are developed more organically, meaning through people, where money is not the primary catalyst not only succeed but also thrive and stand the test of time. Therefore, I came to the conclusion that WE needed to rewrite the human innovation equation.
What does this mean? To find out, read my response below to Helene’s question on how I came up with the idea of Miigle.
HV: Tell me about Miigle. How did you come up with the idea?
LB: The idea of Miigle was born when trying to solve two problems:
1) How can the process of turning ideas into something concrete be made easier and quicker?
2) How can we leverage resources as a community (by community, I mean a global community of people with different talents and interests) to help entrepreneurs grow their startups?
Coming up with an idea is relatively, easy. Anyone can do it. On the other hand, executing on one can be difficult, time consuming, and frustrating, most of it needlessly so. I want to change that.
What Miigle does is make it easier for entrepreneurs to grow their ideas and startups by connecting them with people including other entrepreneurs, investors, mentors, potential product users who share their interests and want to help. Making these connections with the right audience is key to an entrepreneur’s success. In the real world it could take you months if not years, but Miigle makes it happen automatically, quite literally in seconds, thus making the process much simpler and faster.
It starts with recognizing that nurturing an idea requires more than just money and that people who can’t be financial investors may still have a lot to offer to an entrepreneur or startups. When people look at ways to introduce their ideas to the world, they think of investors and mentors, and rarely ask the general public for their feedback and ideas. Never mind that these are the people you expect to be using your product, yet they are the most neglected. And when I say neglected, it’s not so much in terms of ‘how can I make these products better so you can buy it? ’ No. You don’t address them that as potential consumers, but rather as peers, people who have ideas of their own. This can be done through Miigle.
Read the full interview on TechZulu: Miigle up! | Interview with Luc Berlin Founder/CEO & Netrepreneur
Miigle is still in its prototype stage but the response we’ve received from the global community has been resoundingly positive. We’ve received messages from people in Latin America, Europe, and Asia saying how they love our vision of a place where people can collaborate and contribute in their own ways to the advancement of human innovation regardless of where it takes flight and have the ability to leverage other resources such as knowledge and talent as a global community of innovators.
Miigle’s full launch is scheduled for Spring 2013 (that is if the interpretation of the Mayan calendar proves to be off).