Our network of successful Austria to Austin alumni continues to expand and reach new heights. Today, we will be sharing exciting updates from another esteemed ATA Community member, Kevin Bachmann!
Where do you work and what is your role there?
“I am the CTO at Jingle, a web-application/chatbot that reinvents how people shop locally.”
What projects or achievements have you been a part of since the last time we saw you?
“When I came back from ATA, I got job offers from Microsoft and two huge IoT companies in London and Barcelona. In the first week back, I was introduced to Greg (an ATA 3.0 Checkpoint alum!) and Luke, my current co-founders, and I loved the idea they were proposing for Jingle from the first day. We started off immediately and I rejected the job offers for my own startup.
We founded the company Jingle GmbH (Austrian LLC) in February, and we are about to finish our first funding round. Here is a quick video on one product we’ve been working on: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uE8eoWoZFEw.
Here are some of our accomplishments:
- Winner of Josef Umdasch Research Prize at the World Summit Awards
- Category: Business & Commerce
- WKO Austria’s Top Retail Startup 2018
- Among the Top 100 Young Entrepreneurs Awarded by the Trade Magazine Gewinn
- weXelerate – Participant
- Various entries in newspapers & media (Kurier, Die Presse, TrendingTopics, AustrianStartups, Futurezone etc)
- iNITS – Participant
- Approved funding from the Vienna Business Agency in the “Innovation” sector.
We have already grown to a team of 8 people consisting of 3 co-founders, 3 full-time employees (on-site and remote), and 2 freelancers. In the course of the next couple of months, we expect to grow even more and get the product market ready for our big launch in October.”
What were your biggest takeaways or lessons learned from your exchange experience?
“One of the biggest takeaways for me was being open to ideas and failure. In the US, people are way more open to failure and new ideas, where people in Austria are very often skeptical and too afraid of failure. Furthermore, I learned to be way more open-minded and open towards approaching people and talking to them about startup ideas and general experiences.”
How did those lessons affect you and/or your career?
“Thanks to my time in Austin, I feel more confident talking to strangers and asking for opinions or feedback. The general networking skills I gained helped to broaden my circle and increase business contacts that are essential for future success.”
We are thrilled for Kevin and the accomplishments he has worked hard for since his ATA exchange. Hearing exciting updates like these from our alumni is rewarding and inspiring for the entire 3DS team. We look forward to continuing to develop our Austria to Austin community and find new ways to expand and strengthen our global network of entrepreneurs.