Live: How To Be A Griffin Startup
Vooza’s CEO teaches The Next Web Europe conference why being a griffin is better than being a unicorn, how to 100X your startup, and reveals Gooroo, an app that is “like Uber but for meditation.”
I am a self-made millionaire and a serial entrepreneur.
Self-made millionaire, I actually inherited $3 billion from my father and
there's $8 million left.
So technically I am a self-made millionaire.
>> And I am a serial entrepreneur.
Not a lot of people know about the other apps that
I developed before Vooza, but they were big successes also.
I did not actually develop Tinder, but I was inspired by Tinder to kind of
make an online dating app that was different.
I kind of saw this need out in the market, and so
we made an online dating app for drones.
>> Which of course was called Dromance.
>> Another app that I developed, inspired by the Dalai Lama,
we've read a lot about how meditation is important.
How many wonderful changes you can get in your life if you meditate.
But of course, if you're like me, you're too busy for that, right?
I mean, who has time to spend 20, 30 minutes a day meditating?
Which is the reason why I invented Guru, which is like Uber, but
So with a click of a button,
you can hire someone to do your meditating for you.
>> Thank you, thank you.
>> Basically you just push a button, then you can get the monk of your
choice, who will come and start meditating for you.
>> You could see how long it's going to take him to get from too much
stress to enlightenment.
I want to start off by talking about the 10x rule.
Which basically is, if you want to be better than your competitor it's not
good to be a little bit better.
You've gotta be ten times better than them to succeed.
Your typical startup is just doing it the normal way.
Maybe if you 10x it you'd become a unicorn.
But then I started asking, is there a next level?
Can you 10x the 10x?
A lot of people don't think that way, that's why I'm an innovator.
>> Thought leader.
So, what do you have out there?
You have your unicorns.
Ho-hum, there's dozens of unicorns now.
Are you really that special if you're a unicorn?
That's why I've invented the next level of startup, which is a griffin.
>> Some companies, they're paying college students to drop out.
Paying college students to drop out, come work for them.
Great idea, but I don't want to be a me too startup.
How can I innovate here?
How can I 100X?
Well, I've been paying kids to drop out of nursery school.
>> That's right.
>> Some people say ask the parents, I disrupt that model.
>> Walked right into the nursery school, grabbed that kid, and
now he's a content creator.
>> Gotta keep that office fun, you gotta keep it lively.
You want your employees to enjoy hanging out there.
You want them to feel special, valuable.
Well, let's look at what other startups are doing.
What do we see?
Bring your dog into work, you know, why not, that's fun.
All right, lots of people out there doing that.
What else do we see?
Well, companies like Apple, Facebook, they're taking female employees and
they're offering to freeze their eggs.
Now you don't have to worry about having a kid right away.
Freeze your eggs, come back to that later.
Great office perk.
So again, how do we 100X this?
What is the 100X version?
Well, I'll tell you what we started doing at Vooza,
we offered to freeze your dog's eggs.
>> That's right,
your dog does not have to worry about having a litter right now, thank you.
>> Thank you. [APPLAUSE]