The final day of meetings. We got to meet with Capsule and Fullscreen. Both fun and innovative companies, Fullscreen is off and ground and flying, two or three years strong, while Capsule is still gaining some momentum.
To start off with Capsule, they are a company that works with photo taking from specifically smart phones. The founder had a vision of a central place where all photos a group took during an event would be uploaded to. They have since changed their idea to first start with weddings, so they can focus their marketing campaign. So basically you download their app, and then ever photo you take while in that app, is automatically uploaded into one large album, that everyone registered with that event can see and download. There are a few problems that I can see initially with the product, such as getting blurry shots or even how much data would be used from phone planes when they have to upload all the photos they take, but the founder that we talked to seemed pretty confident in solving those problems.
One of the interesting things we got to talk about with him was the fact that while he had a great vision for this product, and that it could be used for any big event, they had to scale it back, and focus it in on weddings because they just couldn’t get the product to critical mass, which would be the tipping point for the product to go viral. They had a product that I can for sure see the practicality of, and I myself would probably use it for at least one or two group activities, including this trip. But, I’d honestly never heard of it before this week.
Anyway, moving on to Fullscreen! Fullscreen is definitely a cool company, and I think it’s moved into my top 5 of companies we’ve visited this trip. Just to give you some background, Fullscreen works very closely with Youtube, and they make their money off ads that run on Youtube and Youtube channels. What they do is they recruit a network of successful people/channels on Youtube. Then they provide a number of services to those channels, including growing of channel’s subscribers and viewers. In return for this, they get part of the revenue that those channels would get from Youtube’s advertising. Anyway, in the past 3 years, this company has built up from a team of 5, (3 of which were Luther alumni) to a team of over 100. Their office is a bit cramped, but they’ve used their space extremely well, maintaining what I think is a good amount of privacy, but at the same time allowing for the collaboration that so many tech companies out here are using. (And from what has been shared by my cousin Emily, the open office style is spreading quite rapidly even outside the tech coast.)
I’m not positive what makes this company standout, maybe it was the setup of the office, but I think it was closer related to the work they were doing with developing their sites and advertisements. It was a really great atmosphere for working that I could see myself getting behind. With so many Luther alumni working there, I might be to pull of an internship there if luck is on my side.
Dinner was fairly easy tonight. My wonderfully handsome cousin Mark took me out to see the good parts of L.A. We ended up going a place called the Warehouse. Nice place, good food, only down side was we had to pay for valet parking. There were literally 3 spots within 15 feet of the door, but we had to drop off the car, pay $4, and watch them park it. So that was a little annoying, but nice heated outdoor seating and the view off the docks was worth it.
Well, I hope I get a chance to update my blog one more time from my weekend adventures, but if I don’t, thanks for keeping with me so far. This has truly been a life changing month!