Startup Campus founding partner Eirik Frøyland Rime on the importance of listening to feedback
Eirik Frøyland Rime started out as a coder of Tise, but is now a CEO who values the feedback coming from both users and employees.
With the official opening of Startup Campus on October 31st, we do of course have both great ambitions for the future — and great things planned. And one of the ways in which we are set for a bright and continuously innovative future is through our founding partners.
Below, you can read about Eirik Frøyland Rime — the CEO and Co-founder of Tise. He is one of the first interviewees in our column on founding partners, their journeys, and why they have decided on joining the Startup Campus as founding partners.
Tell me a little bit about yourself — who are you and what are you doing in the startup world?
Eirik Frøyland Rime, CEO and Co-founder of Tise. Tise is now the largest marketplace for second-hand clothes in Norway, and has more than 800.000 registered users in Norway and internationally. When we started out, I mainly did programming, but as the years have passed, not many of my code lines are left. I am now grateful for having the privilege of leading a team of now nearly 30 hardworking, thoughtful, and inspiring people!
Why did you decide on being a founding partner of Startup Campus?
I figured the concept seemed good for the startup community, and I have a good impression of the initiators from earlier.
If you can share some advice for how Startup Campus can succeed in the best possible way — what would that be?
I believe it is very important to listen carefully to the needs of those renting a desk in order to become a truly great workspace. Also — try not to sacrifice quality over quantity. I believe that if we have the best workspace, we get the best startups/individuals, which again generates the best place for events etc.
Startup Campus is set to become a meeting point and arena for learning for entrepreneurs, investors and everyone else at different stages. What do you want to learn more about — and who do you hope to meet here?
Personally, I would love to learn more about the ‘green tech’ space. It would also be cool to be able to meet potential future hires here, at the Startup Campus.
Kindness is generally underrated: But who has helped you in your career and what did they do for you?
I don’t know if I agree that it is generally underrated. I believe in fact that most people rate kindness very high. Some people don’t care at all, but I believe the few often get a stronger voice than the many when it comes to this. In our case, many people have helped us along the way; early stage investors, Innovation Norway and other founders have helped us with great advice and network for building our business. However, the most important help we’ve received is the help coming from our community of users. Thousands of kind comments, emails, reviews, and other positive feedback is a big part of what keeps the team going, and we wouldn’t have been anywhere without them.