At what moment did you think; ‘I’m quitting’?
“I sometimes have those moments. The relationship between work and private is very different if you have your own business. All business-related things come in a lot harder personally. I also think that the bad days, when everything goes wrong, feel a lot worse when you have your own company than when you’re working for an employer. I think that’s because of the entanglement of work and private. But I am optimistic, the feeling that always dominates is: we are just going to do this. We are going to market a new golden standard for baby monitoring. That feeling always keeps me going.”
“We actually have nothing to complain about. Almost everything has gone well so far, think about the team development, raising money and also enthusing the hospitals. Of course, sometimes small things go wrong. For example, we have applied for a grant, together with 75 other European companies. Only the best two got the grant and we became fifth. That was disappointing. But after that I do see that we can be quite happy with a fifth place. We submitted the application again and we are hoping that we will end on the first or second place this time.”
At what moment were you really lyrical?
“There have been several of those moments. I was very happy when I was able to get the first people as team members, without being able to offer them a salary. That shows that what my father invented and what we are doing right now is so powerful that people are willing to work for it for a few months without getting paid. I thought that was very beautiful. In addition, of course, the funding is extremely important for a start-up. Initially, you do not have any money at all, and you only spend money from your investors. The fact that we managed to pick up half a million within a month with a crowd funding action was really amazing. There were a few moments like these, on the people side and on the money side, where we really were extremely happy with what was happening.”
“As the owner of this company I have also experienced a very proud and beautiful moment. Last Christmas, we got together for drinks with the whole team, their partners and children, and we had a great time. We are extremely ambitious and we have to work very hard to reach our goals, but at the same time, we make sure that we also celebrate and there is just a good atmosphere within the team. It really feels like a family, the Bambi family.”
What can we expect from you the coming year?
“The coming year is going to be very important in our development. We now have a working prototype which we are now developing further. So we are hoping to have finished the product next year. We are also in the middle of clinical validation in hospitals. So the focus is on finishing the product and making the European market ready for the product launch. I would be very happy if we could do that next year. We will only really be selling to hospitals at the beginning of 2019. So this year we are still focussing on product development, the clinical validation and the CE marking, which indicates that we have European recognition.”
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