How To Start And Exit A Startup In Under Two Years

How To Start And Exit A Startup In Under Two Years

At the last Pivotal Tribes event we were joined by Pete Dowds and Tom Brooks, the founders of Mopp (the home cleaning services portal), who managed to start the business and then exit it successfully within the space of just two years. Tom and Pete shared with the audience their experiences, knowledge and advice for others in a lively and amusing question and answer session that lasted about an hour and can be watched below.

Dowds and Brooks

The event was supported again by the leading cloud accounting software provider FreeAgent who are also offering any member of the Pivotal Tribes meetup group a free initial three month period for anyone who registers to use their software via this promotional link.

Tom and Pete have been friends since University and gave up their City jobs to start Mopp after becoming frustrated with the process of finding and booking a cleaner online. Mopp was subsequently sold to Handy, the US equivalent, yet better funded, site where both Tom and Pete now work. They launched the business in April 2013 and with the help of VC funding grew rapidly before exiting to Handy. In essence the business provides an easy to use platform whereby customers just enter their postcode, pick a date and time and they send one of their fully vetted, insured and background-checked professional cleaners direct to a customer’s front door.

Amongst the topics discussed were how Pete and Tom built a minimum viable product, the mistakes they made along the way, what types of marketing and promotional activities worked the best, growing a team and technical challenges.

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Jonathan is a specialist business law solicitor who has been practising for over 18 years, starting at the top international City firms before then spending some time at a couple of smaller practices. In 2013 he started working on a self-employed basis as a consultant solicitor, while in 2019 The Jonathan Lea Network became a SRA regulated law firm itself after Jonathan got tired of spending all day referring clients and work to other law firms.

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