December tidings from Kandu

Our monthly update on what we’ve been up to lately, what we have planned for 2018, and a big Merry Xmas to you all.

Its been a busy if cold month at Kandu! Since we soft launched our minimum viable service in October, we’ve signed up a few hundred startup experts and advisors keen to help entrepreneurs on their journey to success, and December has largely seen us validating them.

This means we ask their clients to vouch for them so we can start to categorise and promote them publicly for the great work they do, such as our health & wellness experts.

Kandu introduces startups to trusted experts and advisors to access help on a flexible basis. As a result most of our experts and advisors are independent or senior experts who decide for themselves how they should engage with a startup, both in terms of time given and what compensation they will accept.

This flexibility is the heart of what Kandu is about, as we know startups can’t afford long term consultancy fees, but they do need fast, flexible advice at the right time.

Thought leaders

We’ve also been extremely lucky in that many of our experts actively want to share their knowledge through the Kandu platform. A massive thanks particularly to the following for their fantastic blogs. If you’d also like to share some advice or thoughts, we first need to validate you once you are signed up — to get this actioned, email hello@wekandu.io.

Ann Holman, on 7 ways startups can benefit from non executive directors

Ozoda Muminova, on 7 the reasons why startups must test hunches

Alfie Lambert, on three things you didn’t know about growth hacking

Rhian Lewis, on five uses for blockchain technology

Finding founders

Early next year we will be moving towards our official launch, and starting to officially promote our service to startups and small businesses. We already have a handful of founders on board who have been helping us to collect data and feedback, and thanks to them we have already seen some great matches happen, conversations taken offline, and progress made.

We look forward to bringing more founders into the fold in 2018, and hearing more startup stories. This month Miranda McCarthy told us about her progress with her virtual reality health startup WavelengthVR and Hooof told us about a new networking app for gay and gay friendly people.

If you have had some great conversations thanks to Kandu, let us know! Next year we will also be applying for Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme funding, to help us develop the product beyond a MVP, and expand throughout the UK. Every success story we collect is more evidence that Kandu is needed, and that it helps.

Product development

We also want to know how our members would like the Kandu service to develop. We already have ideas based on feedback from early adopters which have already helped us scope some changes to our matching algorithm (these will come online in the New Year) but we are always interested in hearing more.

If you’d like to help us with user research, please drop me a line at nina@wekandu.io. Also please stay in touch with system updates on Twitter, by following kandu_hq.

So that’s about it for December! Except to say, have a fantastic Christmas, and we look forward to catching up again in January.

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You can spot a validated expert when you see the green Kandu K badge on their Kandu profile. Its our first iteration of our trust rating system that will develop as we grow.

The Kandu K Badge

We’re actively seeking great digital experts to join our platform, especially in health and wellness. Kandu matches entrepreneurs with trusted experts. It helps startups grow better, faster.

Please head over to www.wekandu.io and register if you think you have what it takes to solve startup problems.

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