Now a lot of designers, at least the good ones, know that they need clients and need good relationships with them. In many ways good designers need these same personal traits that web developers have. But outside of that, great designers should be tasked with great design.
It’s that premise, and of course simplicity, that’s inspired Oscar del Rio, Miguel Angel Gaton, and Yesica Gonzalez, three entrepreneurs based in Madrid, to create “Concept Inbox”.
“As a designer, all you have to do is send your designs by email to an address that we provide, and automatically this will generate a workspace where your client and you will be able to interact quickly and easily. With Concept inbox, you can manage all your design projects with a single tool therefore avoiding distractions, and focusing on what really matters which is getting quick approval and saving time and money.” del Rio told nibletz.com in an interview.
Check out the rest of our interview with del Rio below:
What is Concept Inbox?
Concept inbox is a powerful, straightforward, and extremely easy to use tool for designers, to improve interaction with their clients, in order to get feedback, and quick approval on their designs.
In layman’s terms, how does it work? (In other words how would you explain it to your grandmother)
As a designer, all you have to do is send your designs by email to an address that we provide, and automatically this will generate a workspace where your client and you will be able to interact quickly and easily.
With Concept inbox, you can manage all your design projects with a single tool therefore avoiding distractions, and focusing on what really matters which is getting quick approval and saving time and money.
Who are the founders and what are their backgrounds?
Oscar del Rio (CEO): Studied Music (Bassoon / Piano) and Software development. Microstrategy Business Intelligence certified. 7 years experience working on design / development areas and 3 years as an entrepreneur. Started 2 companies, 1 success, 1 fail (this is third) and collaborate with others as an advisor / mentor
Miguel Angel Gatón (CMO): Computer Sciences Engineer, Master degree in Marketing. 5 yrs experience (Michelin) as Media Planner and Online Marketing manager. Co-founded 3 companies.
Yesica González (CFO): Computer Sciences Engineer, Master degree in Finances. Co-founded 3 companies.
Where are you based?
Madrid startup community is growing every day. We have great startup accelerators, tons of events and an extensive network of mentors
How did you come up with the idea for Concept Inbox?
Concept inbox is made by designers, for designers. We really love design, but it also can be very stressful …The questions, last minute changes, misunderstandings, endless calls and interruptions that can cause setbacks on deadlines.We suffered this for years, so we tried to simplify it. Concept inbox is as simple as sending an email.
The name came up thinking we’d like to have an unique tool with all the incoming feedback from our customers about our concepts / designs. Like an email inbox but with no penis enlargement or viagra messages and that stuff.
What problem does Concept Inbox solve?
Concept inbox provides an easy workspace to use, where designers can share designs with clients, get feedback from them and get approval faster, avoiding endless calls and misunderstandings that cause delays on deadlines
What’s your secret sauce?
We are focused on providing tools to drastically save time to both designer / agency and customer. Now we are developing the new version of the platform which includes some of that new tools.
We have received 40k € from Telefonica’s accelerator Way
What are some milestones you’ve achieved?
We’ve been up and running from September 2012, and we already have over 3000 designers from 17 countries using the tool.
Concept inbox was selected as one of the TOP50 Startups at Pioneers Festival, Vienna.
Also we were chosen from 450+ startups to participate in Wayra Madrid acceleration programme.
What’s your next milestone?
We are working hard to launch a new version of Concept inbox in two months.
Who are some of your mentors and business role models?
Since the beginning of the project we had the support of many different mentors, from serial entrepreneurs to multinational professionals with extensive experience.
They have helped us to look at the big picture and see things from other points of view.
What’s next for Concept Inbox?
We’re about to launch the new version and also looking for funding to let more people to know our service.
Where can people find out more?