The Future Is Now: “Now you can have unlimited access to the internet in more than 120 countries in the world”, With Ruddy Giorgi and Fotis Georgiadis
As part of my series about “Bleeding edge” technological breakthroughs that seem copied from science fiction, I had the pleasure of interviewing Ruddy Giorgi, Co-founder and CEO of My Webspot. Ruddy is a 31 year old French man. He studied accounting and got a licence as an accounting expert in France. He worked for CCIP, which is the commerce chamber of Paris, and also in companies like in Mazars, where he was a financial auditor. He then traveled to Japan where the My Webspot adventure started…
Thank you so much for doing this with us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
During a trip to Japan I have been facing the difficulty of not having a reliable connection to internet. And it means a lot for a western traveler in Japan. Then I discovered the Pocket Wifi principle. A wifi device that can fit in your pocket and that you can carry wherever you want making you able to access any kind of information whenever you want. I felt like my trip really started once I had this little device with me. I wasn’t lost 10 times per day anymore, I could talk with “almost” everyone, and I was able to modify my planning on the go. Coming back to Europe, we started to work on My Webspot to take the Pocket Wifi to the next level.
Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you began your career?
We have been in touch with so many people since we begin working on My Webspot. But what made us very proud Is that the first company from which I rented a device a few years ago, in Japan, stepped into our office in Paris and proposed to invest in My Webspot. They are now our investors and very close business partners.
Can you tell us about the “Bleeding edge” technological breakthroughs that you are working on? How do you think that will help people?
My Webspot is a small device that provide unlimited access to the internet in more than 120 destinations in the world. The service is quite easy to understand. Our purpose is to provide you with a fast and reliable internet access wherever you go in the world and for a reasonable price. The Webspot has 8 hours of battery to be carried on the go all day long, and you can connect up to 5 devices to it at the same time.
Everyone has already faced the difficulty to feel completely lost when traveling in a foreign country due to languages, loss of bearings. Thanks to My Webspot you will be able to get all you digital tools helping
You to fully enjoy your trip abroad.
How do you think this might change the world?
My Webspot will make international trip accessible and easy for everyone. A lot of people can feel uncomfortable to travel in countries with completely different languages, practices. They don’t feel secured because they are not able to communicate with others or are afraid to get lost. Thanks to My Webspot, everything will become much easier for international travelers. All digital assistant (app, conciergerie, gps, etc.) will be accessible 24/7 during your trip. No need to worry about anything.
Keeping “Black Mirror” in mind can you see any potential drawbacks about this technology that people should think more deeply about?
My Webspot aims to improve the way you travel. It is about making travelers life easier. Our goal is to help travelers to connect to there destination.
But of course, some will use it to not “disconnect” from their “domestic life. And you could end up seeing someone traveling half of the world and to stand in front of one the most beautiful landscape he will see in his life, and keep texting about some paltry subject with someone back in his home country.
Was there a “tipping point” that led you to this breakthrough? Can you tell us that story?
I was searching for a good project for a while to quit my previous job, because I knew I wanted to be an entrepreneur. I had a few ideas in mind. A few other potential projects. Then I found this service. Which had a direct impact on me. Which answered a direct need. This was the tipping point. If It could be so useful to me, then it should be the same for a lot of other travelers.
What do you need to lead this technology to widespread adoption?
Our service is well known now in Asia, but is absolutely not known by western travelers. We need to create a buzz to make people aware about our technology. The scheme has been the same since the beginning. Each time a traveler tries our Webspot, he doesn’t want to travel without it anymore.
What have you been doing to publicize this idea? Have you been using any innovative marketing strategies?
We have been using the main tool of digital marketing (digital advertising, social network communication, video promotion) and now press relationships.
None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?
My Webspot is first of all a team of partners. We started with 2 partners in a small office. What is funny is that we met our partners while we were questioning ourselves about our future. And we are now 6 partners with more than 60 employees worldwide. I would like to thank my partners for this achievement we’ve made since the beginning.
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
We have several times helped influencers to cover humanitarian cases all over the world. We have provided them the internet access to make their job broadcasting the situation online, on Periscope or other social network.
What are your “5 Things I Wish Someone Told Me Before I Started” and why.
1- Think Big immediately
2- Customer experience first
3- Cash is king
4- Recruitment is key
5- Listen first
You are a person of great influence. If you could inspire a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. :-)
I would encourage people to volunteer. There is a lot to do to make things changes on a lot of subject (poverty, climate, etc.) but if everyone make a small effort that wouldn't be that much and we could achieve something big.
Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share how that was relevant to you in your life?
“A winner is a dreamer who never gives up”
I like this quote because there is no success without failure. It is absolutely necessary for me to listen to people who just want to gives up without trying. Whether it be on small task or bigger project, some people always find things too complicated. But I do think that it is our ability to not give up and achieve complicated things that makes us winners.
Some very well known VCs read this column. If you had 60 seconds to make a pitch to a VC, what would you say? He or she might just see this if we tag them :-)
A simple handled device that could provide unlimited internet to travelers everywhere they go around the world with local price. This is now possible with My Webspot. You can now join us and help us take it to the next level!
How can our readers follow you on social media?
You can follow us on twitter, facebook and Instagram@my-webspot
Thank you so much for joining us. This was very inspirational.