We are very excited to bring you a new interview for our #FoundersFriday blog series! If you’ve missed our previous posts, Founders Friday is a forum in which we interview the founders of different technology businesses, asking them to share their advice for others and their perspective on the industry as a whole.
For this edition, we have interviewed Johannes Solzbach (@jsolzbach), Co-Founder of Clustermarket, a company that is bringing the sharing economy to research enabling smaller institutions and individual researchers to access highly technical equipment for the first time.
Could you start by describing what Clustermarket does?
Clustermarket is an online marketplace helping scientists, engineers and other technology pioneers access equipment and services they need for their research and business. Universities, other research institutions and businesses offer their equipment and services listed on Clustermarket. The idea is based on the sharing economy concept and supports innovation by utilizing existing resources more efficiently.
How did your background help you to build Clustermarket?
My co-founder Tobias is a sports scientist and like many others in his profession, he experienced the problems Clustermarket aims to solve when conducting research at the German Sports University in Cologne. When he met my other co-founder Niklas, who has a unique understanding of how resources could be used more efficiently, the idea was born. Niklas’ background is in business, but he has a passion for coding, teaching himself how to do it in his free time – he is now responsible for the development of the platform.
My background is in finance, which is very useful when it comes to fundraising and running the business. None of us have started a company within the sphere of science and research, therefore, the feedback we have received has been invaluable in building a business our customers want.
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