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MinuteBox is Judges’ Choice in London Launch48 Showcase
Launch48 are a team of entrepreneurial techies, based in London and with a branch in Birmingham too. They’re sponsored by PayPal Developer Network to hold various meetings throughout the year, aiming to help all kinds of professionals to launch successful new businesses by inventing & developing innovative web & mobile apps.
The Launch48 Showcase events are an opportunity for humble startups to demonstrate their products in a relaxed & fun environment with the potential of earning some noble awards.
Enter: MinuteBox, a bold new project that’s been in the pipelines for a couple of years now. The MinuteBox team are set to launch the next generation of professional social networking sites, where anyone can go to find instant, expert advice from a specialist of any industry, via live chat (text, audio & video enabled) which is billed by the minute at customisable prices.
Daniel Land from Studio B (Birmingham Web Development Partnership) comments:
“MinuteBox is a very cool project. Definitely one to keep an eye out for. We’ve been discussing marketing strategy with them for a couple of years now, and if they continue in the way they’re heading, they may just take the industry by storm!”
It seems the Launch48 wizards are impressed with MinuteBox too. In London’s Launch48 Showcase earlier this month, MinuteBox picked up a pair of stylish glass tropheys, one for Best Product and one for Judge’s Choice. Daniel caught up with Josh Liu, the Founder of MinuteBox, to see what he had to say…
Daniel: How do you feel about being the only double-award winner in this year’s London Launch48 Showcase?
Josh: It was a surprise. Great surprise, of course. It is always great to be recognised. We have been working hard on the team.
As a founder, I am very pleased to see that our team’s efforts are paying off, and my team is even more motivated now.
Daniel: How long has the MinuteBox project been bubbling away for? Is it a new idea or is it based on an idea you came up with when you were young?
Josh: I have been working on this project for a long way. I have made many mistakes and learned a lot from them as well. I am glad that our team is much more stronger now, and we are much clearer about our visions and directions too.
I had this idea couple years ago. At that time, I just finished my MBA and was looking for a job. It was quite a stressful time for me to look for a job in London without any income. So, I was wondering if there was any easy and flexible way for me to monetise my expertise. I did some research and thought about this problem. The more I thought about this, the more I thought it could be a solid business idea. This was the beginning of MinuteBox…
Daniel: Last question… Do you have any advice for other up & coming entrepreneurs in the tech-innovation sector?
Josh: Hm… I think, to the entrepreneurs, it is important to realise that it’s fine to make mistakes. As long as you learn from them. Don’t be afraid of making mistakes. Embrace them. It is important to have a positive attitudes towards them because mistakes make you stronger and force you to think harder. You need them.
Some wise words, I’m sure you’ll agree, in our exclusive interview with Josh Liu, founder of MinuteBox.
In these times of unemployment, maybe MinuteBox is a tool we can all use to help us earn a living by selling our spare minutes, conveniently, online. Go ahead and put it on your CV! It takes just a minute to register & make a profile, and you can be a freelance consultant in your chosen field. Recruitment advisors are always saying you’re more employable when you can say that you’ve kept a small job rather than simply being “unemployed”.
See also, a close-up shot of the awards.