Our May meeting was hosted by Simmons & Simmons, a leading international law firm.
Iqbal Gandham Iqbal has been involved in building startups since the days when Hotmail was used in reference to a guy with a six pack, and Yahoo was only heard in western movies.
In 1999 he was involved as an investor in an ISP which listed on Ofex, he then went on to co-found Net4, which was, and still remains, the largest web hosting and domain registration business in India, which subsequently listed on the BSE. Iqbals last involvement as Chief of Business Strategy was with Nivio, a cloud computing startup which is targeting $12million in revenues this year, and which won Tech pioneer 2009 at the World Economic Forum (Davos).
He acts as a C-level executive or as an advisor to companies, in the web and mobile space. Whether its understanding the technology to build a product or service, or creating and executing sales and marketing plans, he has extensive experience in both product and customer development.
In his spare time he works on his pet project called Addpiks, an iPhone app, which helps people create scrapbooks of things they want to buy, for themselves or as gifts for others. So if you currently snap pictures of products, or are continuously forgetting those cool things you saw in magazines or whilst out shopping, give it a go, its in beta.
Xpenser lets you do just that - record expenses, mileage and time via whatever means are available to you quickly and painlessly. Send them in via Email, SMS, Twitter, Instant Messaging, or the web, allocating to different clients or projects. Take a picture of a receipt with your mobile phone and use the smartphone apps, or email or MMS it. Use the Web interface to edit and finalise them. No more forgetting your cash expenses, no more half-day expense entry sessions.
Developed over the last 2 years with a free personal version attracting over 50,000 users. This has enabled Xpenser to develop its natural language capabilities and inference engine to allow expenses to be recorded without having to learn complex rules or symbols. A premium business version caters for employee accounts and administration approvals and policy enforcement. This control functionality and integration with financial management software is already generating revenues for this Software as a Service solution. Founded by Parand Darugar - formally a Director of Architecture for Yahoo!
The UK Healthcare hand disinfectants market is over $85m pa, while food and beverage is estimated to be 2-3 times the size of the healthcare market. Orbel clips onto the belt or pocket and deposits gel through a set of roller balls. Orbel outperforms incumbent products in three key areas: ease of use, habitual driver and patient interest as well as being cheaper that existing solutions.
Orbel has a strong team with Adam, an Industrial Design Engineer, and Damian Soong, Business Development Director: currently a Financial & Commercial Director at Hydrachem involved with surface disinfectants/water purification.
Mindings connects families by enabling effortless, regular, personal, and thoughtful contact.
Mindings takes a picture and text sent via our mobile app, an email, or an MMS, and turns them into a captioned photo with the what, where and when context that makes it meaningful to the recipient. Additionally, family, friends, and health professionals can send SMS text messages through the Mindings service: it can also be integrated with services such as NHS Text Message Appointment Reminders. Already in beta and due to launch near you over the summer.