About three months ago, I received an email from a stranger in Chile who discovered my content. We starting corresponding, which lead to a Skype call, which lead to chance meeting in New York City yesterday.
World Headquarters of Klooff.com – The New York City Public Library
Meet Alejandro Russo, who represents a new breed of startups – something I call the multinational startup. While he and his team are based in Chile, they decided to camp out in Manhattan for 60 days as a way to accelerate their ways to connect with potential partners, investors, and the media.
Their world headquarters is based at – uh…. the New York City Public Library, where this interview took place – and hence the whispering. He told me about the fact that he and his four founders are sharing a one-bedroom apartment, often sharing beds, never sleeping, going to non-stop meetings, and making them most of their time while they are here.
His startup, Kloof, is aimed at pet lovers. While it’s a compelling market and giant opportunity, I was more taken by what he represents in global startup world.
Just A Few Milestones – While Operating From Their World Headquarters at the NYC Public Library…
+Klooff won the Latinos in Tech Pitch Competition, sponsored by Google. This was a major event, including a panel of Angels and VC’s. We received a cash prize of $6,000 plus a set of gifts including investor meetings and press connections.
The company and the app aside, Klooff is doing something very smart: they are doing their own reality blog of their experience in New York. Read all about it here at KlooffNY Blog.
I don’t have numbers on this (yet) but I suspect that bright young minds like Alejandro are on their way to respresent a growing part of an economy that should be watched.
Kllooff on AngelList.