Plans never quite work out as you expect them to

Weps, the artificial intelligence chatbot website builder that works on any device

Please introduce yourself and your Weps to our readers!
We are a team of 20-somethings from Estonia who are behind Weps, the artificial intelligence chatbot website builder that works on any device. Our users can create websites by interacting with Weps in an already familiar messenger-like interface. We were just accepted into Axel Springer Plug and Play accelerator this September and are looking forward to grow together with their help!

How did you get the idea to Weps ?
The idea has evolved over multiple years. It started out as a simple content management system for websites but then over multiple pivots turned into what Weps is today. Iterative improvements to a simple idea made Weps possible.

How difficult was the start and what challenges you had to overcome?
Very difficult. When you start, you’re facing challenges on so many levels. Getting funding, finding the first customers, understanding who those first customers are and so on. It’s especially tough when you’re a first time entrepreneur. The only way to overcome them is with grit, constant testing and great mentors.

Who is your target audience?
Currently we are focusing and testing micro businesses as a target. Like one or two people restaurants or car repair shops and businesses similar to those. But this is not the only market – event organizers can use Weps for their event websites, startups can use Weps to validate their ideas with landing pages and so on. As we grow and introduce new features, we can start reaching out to new target audiences. For example introducing ecommerce, which would allow us to be a good partner to a great number of small shops.

What is the USP of your startup?
Our solution works on any device, even on mobile – this gives us a huge advantage over many traditional website builders. In addition to that, Weps builds the whole website for the user pretty much instantly – the only thing left to do is add your pictures and text, no drag & drop needed!

Can you describe a typical workday of you?
For me the day starts at 7 and usually by 8 or 9 I’m in the office with my co-founder Juhan. From September we started with the Axel Springer Plug and Play accelerator and thanks to them our days are filled with workshops, visits and mentors. Actual work gets done between all those and this means a lot of coding,e-mails and coffee. Our team is split between Berlin and Tallinn, so check-ins between people are daily.

Where do you see yourself and your startup in five years?
Five years is a long time, especially for a startup as things change quickly and sometimes overnight. We definitely want to become the go-to website building tool for people who know nothing about web-design and development.

What 3 tips would you give other Start-up founders on the way?
There are going to be unexpected things happening to you on a daily basis. Plans never quite work out as you expect them to. Don’t let yourself be brought down by things not working out. Instead of feeling down, change the plan, think of new solutions and keep on moving forward. Never stop!

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Thank you Jorma Jürisaar 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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