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DreamRoomer wins the Battle at TechCrunch Moscow

0 13 December 2013

DreamRoomer, a “shop window for tenants”, has won the Startup Battle at TechCrunch Moscow 2013, which took place on Monday. 

Dreamroomer turns the rental market upside down by placing the onus on landlords to find tenants, instead of the other way round. Apartment owners can add their property to the project database with pictures and an invitation to come and check it out. The two parties then come to an agreement without paying any fees to intermediaries. 

The project will now represent Russia at TechCrunch Disrupt in New York in 2014, along with MeDesk, which took second place in the Battle.

Medesk is a cloud platform for the Russian private healthcare market with features for clinics, patients, employers, insurance companies and retailers. 

Dreamroomer and Medesk won through to the final along with 4 other startups on Sunday, when 38 projects presented 3-minute pitches to conference delegates. The judges chose their top-5, while one of the 30 startups on display at Startup Alley 2.0 that didn’t get to deliver a pitch also made it through to the final via an online vote. 

The other finalists chosen by the judging panel - Maxim Krasnykh (Intel Capital), Oleg Kuzhikov (Maxfield Capital) Frederic Court (Advent Venture) and Adeo Ressi (Founder Institute) - were Looky, an online TV guide app covering more than 200 channels and 100 regions, Obmenigrami, a marketplace for used games and accessories and Gbooking, an advertising and appointment scheduling system for service industries (clinics, beauty centres, vehicle repairs etc), while the online vote was won by Aviashopper, a mobile guide to the world’s airports. 

Evan Nisselson, who MC-ed the Battle, had some words of advice for the participants. He explained that for an investor, the team is always the most important thing - An A-team with a B-idea will always beat a B-team with an A-idea. He was looking for entrepreneurs that speak well, really get their value proposition across to the audience and do it with a serious passion, but said that only a handful of the 38 presenters managed to do that. 

He also identified presentation as a particular problem for Russian and Eastern European startups. Often people have good ideas but they fail to get that across because they lack either the charisma or the language skills to do so. This highlights the need for someone on the team to speak English well. Investors want to be sure that there is someone on the team they can communicate with!

You can watch the whole interview with Evan below.


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