EmptyChair London’s best timetable for unique workshops, classes & activities
Please introduce yourself and your startup EmptyChair to our readers!
Hi! I’m Charlotte, 24 from London, and co-founder of EmptyChair – London’s best timetable for unique workshops, classes & activities.
EmptyChair is a mobile app helping people change the way they discover, book and host workshops & classes in London.
How did you get the idea to EmptyChair?
I have always had many hobbies and interests outside of work such as drawing, cooking (as you can see from my picture) and karate, but found it difficult to find the time. When you do find something after spending hours searching through google and old forums, you spend ages looking for times and dates that work for you. After all that, you still don’t know if the workshop is any good and often find yourself navigating old booking systems that don’t load. That’s when I realised that there must be a better way to do this.
How difficult was the start and what challenges you had to overcome?
I was fortunate that my co-founder came from a background in sales and I focused on the more technical aspects and so we managed to work well together on starting everything up. The problem of course with any marketplace app is that you want to build the right balance of users and partners (activity providers in our case) to make everything work and we are working hard on getting this just right.
Who is your target audience?
If you are someone who wants to try something new, meet some incredibly talented people, and get to know people in your community, EmptyChair is for you.
What is the USP of your startup?
When building our app, we thought a lot about how we can make the discovery of activities part of our app as simple and intuitive as possible. After doing several surveys and tests we found that presenting classes in a timetable format is very helpful to our users.
Can you describe a typical workday of you?
Tricky – this changes every day! Usually I spend the morning working on our technology, fixing bugs, working on updates, etc. In the afternoon and evening I try to focus on strategy, growing our user base and networking.
Where do you see yourself and your startup EmptyChair in five years?
We hope to be the Airbnb of activities, workshop and classes, helping everyone discover something new.
What 3 tips would you give other Start-up founders on the way?
1 – This is a cliché, but as I discovered for myself, don’t be afraid to just get started. We could have spent months thinking about everything but we just got on with and haven’t looked back since!
2 – You will make mistakes – we certainly have. Fortunately, in most cases these are small mistakes and often can become great opportunities to engage with your customers and earn back their trust.
3 – Set small goals. Set yourself daily and weekly goals. It easier to say I want to get 15 new users today then to say I want 10,000 users by the end of the year. One small step at a time can take you a long way.
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Thank you Charlotte for the Interview
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