It’s important to make a clear choice when recruiting personnel

Bandist is a platform for musicians who want to buy new gear, know more about instruments, or sell their pre-owned equipment

Please introduce yourself and your Bandist to our readers!
I’m Nalla Karunanithy from Bandist, the marketplace to buy and sell musical instruments. We’re a music startup from Berlin, freshly launched in April 2016.

How did you get the idea to Bandist ?
Bandist was created to be an online destination for musicians, which is something that was still lacking in Germany. The idea behind Bandist is to provide a place for musicians to buy and sell their musical instruments in a fast, reliable and safe way. We want to create a community environment, where all musicians and sellers can come together, offer and discover used, interesting and rare instruments all over Germany.

How difficult was the start and what challenges you had to overcome?
The challenges building Bandist are mostly connected to the fact that we want to provide the best quality on the website and offer highly interesting products on our the platform. For that, we had to make sure since the beginning that we had people with the right knowledge to understand the musical instruments we’re featuring, as well as reach and onboard the best sellers to offer those products. We work on overcoming this by making sure our team is composed of musicians, with a deep knowledge on the subject.

Who is your target audience?
Musicians. Whether they want to buy new gear, know more about instruments or sell their preowned equipment.

What is the USP of your startup?
Main USPs for sellers are that they can list all your items for free, and reach a wide number of customers. Buyers, at the same time, can find a broad variety of products, including unique and high quality items from all over Germany.

How can I sell musical instruments on Bandist?
Selling musical instruments on Bandist is simple, and listings are for free. All you need is to create an account and you’re ready to upload as many products as you want, by adding photos, prices and descriptions. Then your products are visible for buyers everywhere in Germany.

Can you describe a typical workday of you?
In a startup every day is a different day. Each day of the week I’m wearing a different hat. One day I’m wearing a HR/Recruiting hat, then Engeneering hat, then Marketing hat. Then repeat.

Where do you see yourself and your startup in five years?
Bandist wants to be the #1 destination in Europe for musical instruments. I see myself being able to provide the team with whatever they need to achieve this goal.

What 3 tips would you give other Startup founders on the way?
The first tip I would give any other founder, is to hire the right people from the beginning. It’s normal to face the decision between hiring Junior or Senior professionals because of money constraint. But it’s important to make a clear choice when recruiting personnel. Second, as a founder, you should keep in mind that your main role is to provide all your employees with what they need to make the best out of their work. And last, but very essential: be knowledgeable in the functions within your company and the business in which you’re working with.

Thank you Nalla Karunanithy for the Interview

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Sabine Elsässer

Sabine Elsässer is founder and chief editor of the StartupValleyNews Magazine. She started her career at several international direct sale companys. Since 2007 she works main time as a journalist. While that time she learned more about the Startup Scene, what made her start her own Startup Magazine the StartupValleyNews.

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