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Rueben Skipper is  Business Development Manager at Timely, a startup in Dunedin that provides a business management solution to booking-based businesses. Rueben will be bringing his experience to Startup Weekend 2015 as a mentor, where he will assist teams in creating scaleable businesses.

1) What you do at Timely?

I’m a Business Development Manager. That means I find ways to connect and educate an ever growing number of people around the world to the benefits of Timely.

2) What other businesses are you involved with?

SwiftSocial is a social media marketing company.  We look after social media for businesses all over New Zealand.

DealFlow is a fitness app for sales.  We are still in closed alpha, which means we have launched the first version of our app and are testing and improving it in house.

I’ve had a lot of unsexy startups i.e. real world businesses and been involved with a few technology startups during my time at Upstart Business Incubator.  There are too many to mention here.

3) What are some of your favourite startups at the moment?

Timely is the hottest startup in NZ right now.  I like watching Xero and Rod Drury from afar.  Pocketsmith is a Dunedin startup gaining traction.  Alibaba has been interesting to watch.  Slack is pretty damn cool.

4) What is your biggest piece of advice to first time startup founders?

Worry less about protecting your idea and more about finding some customers to validate it.

5) What are you looking forward to at Startup Weekend 2015?

I like the energy and enthusiasm.  If we could can it, and sell it, then we’d have the best startup ever.

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Jose Mathias