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This weekend, I was reconnected with a company that I met during my September Seedcamp visit in London who, as many other companies in the “group communication” space have before, asked to catch up to discuss some of the successes we had experienced at eGroups during our growth phase.
I promised to catch up when he was here in NYC, and we recently sat down with him to discuss some of the issues that I believed are important to a group manager and how to frame the product discussion if they were trying to find their growth.
After the first deep dive, I realized that David (the CEO of GroupSpaces) really had a functional handle on the product. Both he and his co-founder were group organizers back in uni (British for “college”) and were frustrated with Google Groups, Yahoo! Groups and even Facebook event management. So, four years ago – they started building GroupSpaces and started addressing their own needs. Just the two of them – and they began to build out an incredibly robust platform for group managers. So he showed me the product in its current form.
I was honestly blown away.
I am not kidding – after running numerous groups and having to connect and coordinate different platforms and datafeeds between bulk-email providers, my membership roles, event planning tools, creating subgroups with specific permissions (meaning I would have to have special sub groups on the Google or Yahoo platforms) – when I started diving into GroupSpaces, I realized I am moving off of Google and Yahoo! Groups for any of my active groups.