Being a professional data scientist with a decent programming background, Guzera was able to build an experimental API with location evaluation output. In February 2017, we teamed up (hint: referral) to complete the proof of concept by building the frontend
layer of a web dashboard for the API.
We were developing the MVP through late April 2017 to get ready for the first significant event—Placeme had qualified as one of the top three startups at European Startup Days in Katowice. The aftermath of ESD 2017 turned out to be a major milestone,
as the first corporate clients (ING) started to take note of the young Data-as-a-Service startup, which eventually propelled the team to being headhunted by three VC funds from Portugal: Bright Pixel,
LC Ventures, and Red Angels. By the end of December 2017, the first official third-party commitment was signed, including pre-seed investment and an acceleration program funded by the Portuguese trio.
The tailwinds of 2018
Thanks to such a prolific end of the year, Placeme began 2018 not only with bold plans but also with the adequate resources to continue the pursuit of building a world-class SaaS product.
Since January, Placeme and SoftWrap have been working together full-time. Months of working in a feedback loop with potential clients and users, conducting multiple UX/UI features experiments, and testing implementations with real-world data led to the
development of new products, signed enterprise-level agreements, and the first foreign market endeavors.
Currently, Placeme is a widely used SaaS tool across enterprises such as Dino, Medicover, ING and Carrefour