2015, more precisely March 23rd, Monday, beginning of a new week…
Today I’m not lying around a swimming pool – but gosh, I would love to be! - the entrepreneurial life can be very tough.
I want to share with you the fact we are celebrating our first anniversary.
Precisely one year ago we were signing up a document, an agreement between all of the founding team, formalizing the constitution of the Collectors Bridge Company. On April 1st we will celebrate our 1st year of activity. And what exciting times we have been through!
After founding the company we continued to develop the Collectors Bridge platform to a stage that we considered it to be acceptable according to the high expectations of our users.
We were lucky enough to have had the opportunity to launch the platform during the filming of a National TV (SIC) show, addressing the evolution of computing devices and on which we were privileged to display some of my Sinclair collection and also to present first hand Collectors Bridge (you can review all those moments in our facebook page - www.facebook.com/collectorsbridge). That was on November 2014.
From there on we have been iteratively improving even more our platform according to our users’ feedback (eg. incorporating some additional search features or simplifying others such as allowing to massively insert objects in our collections in a single operation). And we have some amazing new features coming up that I’d love to tell you about… but I can’t… not for now at least!
One thing remains the same from the very beginning though… our capacity to dream of an even brighter future for our Users. A future on which people have a simple way to share their passion of their precious objects… Some call them collectors, others call them fans (mostly when they focus on a brand), we see them as our community!
God wills, man dreams, the work is born(Fernando Pessoa, 1988-1935, one of the most notable Portuguese authors of all time.)
João Diogo Ramos
2013 was the year in that it all started to us...
At 35 years old and having been an IT guy since I can remember, it was May and I had just gone through another project… This time it was the restoration of an 80’s video-arcade machine.
Sharing it with my friends, the impact and feedback was quite fascinating and I was impressed with the passion generated by a few hours of my free time.
It was something that I had done several times in my life - eg. I own a 1958 VW Beetle just because it was going to be destroyed.
On the other hand, as I learned to program a computer at young age by spending hours in front of a TV set using a Sinclair ZX Spectrum in the 80s, I had decided to start a new collection as several years before in an interview I’ve claimed to be from the “Spectrum Generation”.
What I did not know was that this new collection - I have and always had other interests, even tough they change from time to time - was the most important one in my life until now.
Sharing this passion for the Sinclair and Timex-Sinclair computers online and in conversations with several others friends, I realized that I was really not alone.
Having to spend hours and hours studying the tiny details to be able to track and buy the computers I wanted and spending even more hours negotiating and bidding for them I thought: “there must be a better way!”
I was eager to learn more and I saw people available to teach me. I observed people driven by emotion, created by a glimpse of a childhood object, to come forward and engage in passionate conversations.
Discussing it with other colleagues I realized there was a business opportunity here. I’ve identified the people I wanted to have on the team, invited them and immediately welcomed them onboard.
We noticed we had access to important passionate collectors in our network.
We were able to set up a compelling value proposition to all the players involved in collecting.
We grew up in the most exciting period in terms of IT evolution and we saw the evolution of projects and companies such as Apple, Facebook, Spotify, AirBnB and so many others that inspire us daily and said:
Why not? We will regret it if we don’t try.
Fellow collectors deserve we do our best.
We started looking for ways to finance the company that was finally created in March 2014 after winning a national Entrepreneurship competition that provided us the additional required funds.
It was the summer of 2013. I was lying around the swimming pool in my summer vacations writing our first business plan… Flash-forward, it is now the summer of 2014, I am lying around the swimming pool in my summer vacations preparing to launch Collectors Bridge!
I hope we are able to surpass your best expectations.
João Diogo Ramos