Shareagift Interview at Launch Festival

Justine and Tessa being interviewed by the boys at Creo Agency at Launch Festival earlier this month.

Marcus and his team spent some time at the event interviewing interesting startups, asking about their business models, their ambitions and what our superhero powers would be! Thanks to Creo for sharing the video with us – hope to see you there again next year!

Shareagift Interview at Launch Festival 2013

Highlights from Launch Festival 2013

Last week the Shareagift Team had the priviledge to attent Launch Festival 2013 and hear from some of the brightest minds in technology.

For those who haven’t come across it, Launch Festival is an annual event organised by Jason Calacanis that chooses a selection of the worlds most interesting startups to present to a series of judges, competing for investment and other prizes. Some of the most exciting tech startups of recent years made a name for themselves at Launch – including Airbnb, Yammer, Dropbox to name but a few.

For us it was also an opportunity to hear from some extraordinary panelists and keynotes – from pioneering entrepreneurs like David Sacks and Evan Williams, to some of the world’s top angel investors and leading VCs including True Ventures, Sequoia Capital and Google Ventures. Some of their insights were fascinating, so we wanted to pick a few of our highlights to share with you:

On startups: “Poker is like the cycle of a startup condensed into 2 minutes” – Chamath Palihapitiya ex-Facebook Director for Growth, Founder The Social+Capital Partnership

On ideas: “Startup ideas can’t just be good they have to be visionary, they have to be radical” – Tony Conrad, Founding member of True Ventures, founder of about.me and Sphere

On startup funding: “Publishers wouldn’t give u advance on yr first novel, startup funding’s the same so sit down and write the book”Naval Ravikant, Founder & CEO of AngelList

On fundraising: “Don’t worry about series A / B crunch, build a great, interesting company & they’ll always be capital available”David Cohen, Founder & CEO of TechStars

All in all it was a fantastic event – thank you Jason and all your team involved in organising it. We met some amazing people, heard inspiring discussion and caught a glimpse of those destined to be the stars of the future.

CitySourced pitching to the judges at Launch Festival 2013

Launch Festival leader board showing amount of funding raised

Jason making his closing remarks to the audience of over 5,000 attendees

Shareagift featured in the Huffington Post

Exciting week last week for Shareagift as we were featured on the pioneering online news website, The Huffington Post.

We met the lovely Laxmi Hariharan at the Silicon Drinkabout event a few Fridays ago and introduced her to Shareagift. She liked the site so much she included us in her series on startups, and we were absolutely delighted. So thanks to 3beards for kindly hosting us for the event, and thank you Laxmi for your interest and support :)

Shareagift featured in Huffington Post

Nick’s friends buy him SXSW ticket with Shareagift!

“Nick Such is one of the nicest guys you’ve ever met”.

These are the touching words of Nick’s best buddy, Brian. Nick it seems, is one of those guys who’s always just doing something nice for his friends – the veritable unsung hero. So Brian decided to get all his friends together and use Shareagift to give Nick something he’d really love. Not for his birthday, not for Christmas – just for being an awesome guy.

This year Nick was planning to go to the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival, but didn’t have the budget for the pass. When Brian found out that Elon Musk, Nick’s life-long hero, was keynoting the event, he knew he had to find a way to get Nick there.  So he created a Shareagift Page and got all Nick’s friends together in secret to collect the funds so he could go.

(For those of you who may not know what I’m on about, SXSW is an awesome music/film/interactive festival held each year in Austin, Texas. It. Is. Very. Cool.)

In just 10 days fourteen of Nick’s friends had chipped in and reached their $995 target to buy his pass. They gave it to him together last week and he was absolutely thrilled, posting to Twitter to say, “Every once in a while I’m reminded that my friends and family are awesome! Actually I’m reminded of this everyday. #Thank you”.

Photo thanks to Aaron Camenisch, University of Kentucky

Brian gave us some ace feedback saying, “The platform worked great.  It was easy to setup and share with friends.  It’s a great concept and allows you to give larger gifts by sharing the burden with a group”.

And Nick very sweetly wished us all the best with Shareagift, saying “It’s already changing my life!” (Nick – we might be slightly in love with you ;))

We hope you have a brilliant time at the festival (for which read: We’re all horribly jealous and want to come with you). Brian, you and your friends are the real heroes of the story for us – now we just have to find ourselves an equally awesome bunch to send us there as well!

Shareagift is not just for gifts!

YES! Newsflash: Shareagift is not only for traditional gifting occasions like birthdays and weddings and Christmas… It’s not even only for gifts in fact. Fact. Let’s elaborate…

When we launched Shareagift back in 2011 we originally designed it for group gifts. And while it’s true that the majority of people have used it for birthdays, we’ve also been amazed and delighted by the interesting and original ways people have used it to collect funds for other things – for everything from throwing a surprise party to fighting cancer.

So here are our top five other ways to use Shareagift:

  1. Funding Medical Treatment
  2. Group gifts for Baby Showers
  3. Teachers’ Class Gifts
  4. Collecting funds for a Party or Event
  5. Just helping a friend in need

So what are you waiting for?! There’s a zillion and 1 ways to use Shareagift to bring a smile to someone’s face – so do it today! (and not just because we want you to use our lovely site… but we do, so go on – dare you ;)

Collect Money with Friends