Startup Weekend is an event that’s supported by event attendees, like yourselves, and sponsors who donate their time and resources to help make Startup Weekend a reality. One of these sponsors is Timely, a Dunedin-based startup that provides booking software to businesses like hair salons, beauty and health clinics, personal trainers, massage therapists, and even dentists and consultants.
Most small businesses that sell services do so in blocks of time. The more efficient they are at managing their time, the better their businesses do. Timely helps them do this by giving them an affordable and cloud-based app that does many of the mundane tasks for them, such as managing their appointment calendar, taking online bookings, and even reminding customers that they have appointments coming up. This allows small business to get more out of their day and run more successful businesses with Timely.
As a company, Timely sets itself apart from the rest in the way that it has developed a strong internal culture. This is due in part to the fact that there is no central office. Employees work from their homes and from cafes – from wherever they choose – and there are no strict clock in and clock out hours. The team is highly motivated because, as a remote startup, everything is results-based, and employees start their day with this approach in mind.
The result is a group of people who have a strong work / life balance, as they are able to do things with their families during the day and still be able to build one of the fastest growing startups in New Zealand. You can see this in action every day by following the #timelylife Twitter account.
At Startup Weekend 2015, two people from Timely will be part of the supporting team. Rueben Skipper, a business development manager at Timely, will be helping groups at Startup Weekend overcome any obstacles they might have with his extensive experience in building companies. Ryan Baker, CEO and co-founder of Timely, will be bringing his knowledge of startups, marketing, and business growth to the judging panel at the end of the event.
If you’d like to connect with Ryan and Rueben, come to Startup Weekend 2015. The event starts on March 27th, and ends on March 29th. No experience is required – there are awesome mentors (like Rueben!) who have volunteered their time to help you build your business ideas.