Congratulations to both of you! You were named 2018 CONTENTshift startups of the year. Did you think you were going to win?
Marc Süß (Sigmund Talks): Not at all! We didn’t expect to win. Every single one of the participating startups has such an amazing business idea. We were pretty sure SummarizeBot would win, and as it turns out, we were right.
Dmitry Nedovis (SummarizeBot): To be honest, the win was not entirely unexpected for us. Artificial intelligence is an incredibly important topic in the industry right now.
How have you been feeling since the award ceremony?
Marc Süß: The award ceremony was not a farewell for us, but rather a “see you soon!” We want to stay in touch with everyone. In terms of media, just participating in CONTENTshift already helped us tremendously, and as soon as we actually won, the media attention increased even more. We even noticed an increase in the number of registrations for our product since we won. In other words, it was really worth it.
Dmitry Nedovis: The media interest in our company has been quite significant. We’ve given a number of interviews since the award ceremony and we’ve even had a couple of conversations with potential clients. This is going to open up so many opportunities for us.
How did you experience your participation in CONTENTshift?
Marc Süß: The three months were totally great. Okke Schlüter was our coach, and he was at our side at all times. Plus the feedback we got from our mentor, Ronald Schild, was very valuable. The highlight of our experience was the four-week workshop at the Mediencampus Frankfurt, which included training on how to give presentations. We were able to work on our business plans, too, and the change in perspective did us lots of good.
Dmitry Nedovis: We benefited most from the insights we gained into the publishing industry. Prior to that point, we knew very little about the sector. It was also an absolutely enriching experience to be able to work with startups from other countries, to share an amazing level of energy and to realise that we all have a similar vision.
What happens now? Any specific plans?
Marc Süß: We’re going to stay in contact with the coaches, the jury and the other startups. Plus we’ve made contact with partners with whom we want to engage in pilot projects where Sigmund can come into practice in the coming months.
Dmitry Nedovis: The same goes for us, too. We’re definitely going to stay in contact. Plus we’re considering cooperating with “Tolino”. We would love to be able to integrate our service into that product. There are also a number of exciting ideas we’re going to pursue even more intensively now.
Text: Christiane Petersen
Photographs: Christina Weiß