2014 started with a bang and the momentum continued through out the year for TaDaweb with a number of new team members, the release of awesome new features and the beginning of international presence.
The beginning of the year was also host to a number new collaborations for TaDaweb, in particular that of Microsoft Ventures in London. TaDaweb was accepted into the Ventures program as a co-working space company, which meant we had access to many resources, including workspaces, conferences facilities and some workshops. In response, Genna and Francois have been back and forward to London regularly through out the year to work in collaboration with Microsoft Ventures, as well as to build an English network, and identify business opportunities. The TaDaweb team would like to say a huge thanks to Andy, Wes and Diane for your hospitality! You guys rock.
The second quarter saw the arrival of Phil Papanastassiou, who joined as the Head of Business and Customer Development. Phil’s first challenge was to initiate the preparation for the commercialisation of the TaDaweb product, which was launched in May. Since the release, TaDaweb is very proud to be trusted by a number of incredible customers from the likes of the Big Four, leading pharmaceuticals, governments and many more.
This quarter also saw multiple new features into the TaDaweb Creator, including the Indeed job search which enables customers to easily access strategic job board information. From an events standpoint, in June, TaDaweb participated one of France’s largest e-monitoring conferences : I-expo, where just last year we were awarded Start-up of the Year. The conference was a great success for our company and lead to a number of reference customers now using our platform for Legal & Regulatory Watch, Competitive Intelligence, Press Monitoring and Market Research!
The third quarter saw, yet again, an increase in team members with the arrival of Eric Landuyt who joined us as a developer working on the API, which was made publicly available a few months ago (if you are a developer and want to build an amazing application using data you have created using TaDaweb, please look here.) The second addition was Sandrine Bertrand, whose arrival increased the female staff roll to two. Sandrine heads to the French communications component of the Mark/Comm team, who also in July released the latest version of the TaDaweb launchpad. The launch pad provides new users with the tools to get started and a French version will be available early next year!
The end of Q3 also saw even more international collaboration, this time in the form of working with San Francisco based Ben Sykes. Ben worked hard together with the team to prepare the updated web interface which was released in Q4. TaDaweb would like to say a huge thanks to Ben for all his late nights and early mornings, you have truly been a real asset to our team. During this time Phil also presented TaDaweb in Morocco.
Q4 started with a bang, with Francois, Genna and Phil heading to Dublin to check out the tech scene, consolidate our connections and discover business opportunities. After spending just over a week, it was a great opportunity for us to discover the hidden potential Dublin has to offer, particularly due the presence of a number of the world’s Internet giants. We would like to say a a huge thanks to Joe for helping us out in Dublin. Shortly, after arriving back from Dublin, Genna was off again to London. During that time, Genna worked closely with Capital List for the purposes of increasing our network and getting introduced to London based investors. In response, TaDaweb was selected as one of Capital Enterprises 25 mentoring companies. A huge thanks to John, Magdalena, Rosa and Sia for all your help. You guys have been amazing!
But that was just the beginning, as previously mentioned, TaDaweb had already been in preparation for one of the biggest releases to date, which came to fruition in the beginning of November. The updates for the new interface included:
- A much easier user experience (UX) design, ensuring user actions followed logical paths and information was understandable and accessible
- A new collaboration feature enabling teams to work together and share information
- An improved alert and notification system
- Added sources and tools including LinkedIn, Corporama, Lexis Nexis, Import.io, Bing Translator and many more
- An updated homepage
The customer response to the release was very positive and we would like to say a huge thank you to all the current customers who provided their feedback on how we can improve! Here at TaDaweb, we are all about learning from who cares about our product and ensuring we build the best for our customer’s needs.
In response, Ted Hickey and Benoit Noel joined the TaDaweb customer development team shortly after the release. Their arrival has now brought our team to 11 very clever individuals who each contribute to making the TaDaweb product amazing, while at the same time making the TaDaweb office a very fun place to work.
However, it is important to note that it’s not just business customers that love TaDaweb, we are also very proud to announce that from November, we now have 6 universities collaborating with TaDaweb, including the European School of Economic Intelligence in Paris. The collaboration means that TaDaweb is now being taught to students (including CEO’s and masters level) in the area of strategic and economic intelligence.
TaDaweb has also received significant media coverage recently, having been featured in a number of newspapers, as well as on television (check out the interview here). In response, we would like to say thank you to Air-TV, Wort.lu and Luxembourg Chambre de Commerce.
As you can see, it was been a crazy year for TaDaweb! We have continued to make significant progress across many areas, from business development and international connections to product features and an increasing team. We have been very fortunate to have met some amazing supporters along the way. Lastly, we would like to say once again a huge thank you to all our customers and TaDaweb users – it’s is thanks to you that our company continues to be a success. Now let’s get ready to flourish even more in 2015!