Below is our recent interview with Jon James, the founder of TeamGreet:
Q: Could you provide our readers with a brief introduction to TeamGreet?
A: TeamGreet is pretty simple: We do virtual group birthday cards for teams. You choose a card for a birthday coming up in your team and we give you a private card link to send to their co-workers so everyone can sign the card. They can write messages, leave GIFs and Stickers and then at the deadline we’ll email the surprise card to the receiver. It’s for team who can’t pass physical birthday cards around the office anymore but still want to celebrate their co-workers birthday with a bit of fun.
Q: What is your startup story?
A: I started TeamGreet in 2021 because existing “e-card” sites (such a 2005 term) were ugly, slow, confusing, didn’t work on your phone and had quaint card designs that looked like your grandmother’s carpet. There was a gap in the market for something easy, quick, and fun. When I worked in an office everyone always enjoyed getting a birthday card from their colleagues with thoughtful messages and in-jokes and I think celebrating birthdays is such an important part of workplace culture but something that’s been easy to do away with when teams are working remotely or in different time zones. So far our customers really love the service and the thanks they get from surprised card recipients.
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Q: Can you give us more insights into your offering?
A: We’re probably mostly used by teams that work remotely or full time at home. Working from home obviously shot up during the pandemic and I think we’re still benefiting from that now. Having said that, even customers who are full time in the office have told us a TeamGreet card is just less hassle for them to organise than a paper card. Oh and weirdly we sometimes have fandoms who start cards for their hero, like a wrestler or a K-Pop star. They get hundreds of written messages, it’s wild. I added “fandoms” to the homepage as a use case based on that.
Q: What can we expect from your company in the next 12 months? What are your plans?
A: This year we plan to expand our offering to include leaving cards, more birthday card milestones (18, 21, 30 etc) and also animated cards which I’m pretty excited about. I also plan to add gift cards at checkout in the future so you can send a birthday gift along with your virtual card. Some other fun ideas up my sleeve too but they’re not really ready to talk about just yet.
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Q: What is the best thing about your company that people might not know about?
A: I’m a solo founder! I do have a couple of fantastic freelancers I work with though, who design cards and offer customer support but I’ve been bootstrapped from the start.Activate Social Media: