Each month Northside Innovation, the tech and innovation conference that occurs during the annual Northside Festival in June, gathers top founders and thought leaders, who–over BBQ and beer from Brooklyn Brewery–speak on topics relevant to the community.
December’s meetup theme is New Markets, Overseas Expansion. We have rounded up startup founders from around the globe to speak about the highs and lows–the challenges and opportunities–of breaking into the New York market and being based into expanding into foreign markets. We’ll start off the night hearing from Steven van Wel, a Dutchman, who founded Karma, a startup aiming to give everyone WiFi everywhere. The company is based in Manhattan–originally settled by the Dutch, he is happy to remind us!
In anticipation for tonight’s event, we chatted with van Wel about his company, the Dutch snack he misses most, and his favorite Brooklyn coffee shop.
What exactly is Karma?
Karma puts reliable WiFi in your pocket and keeps all your devices connected to the internet. WiFi shouldn’t be something you have to hunt for. It should just follow you wherever you go.
Fill in the blank: Karma is changing…
The way Internet access is delivered.
What was the amount of time between when you thought of your company’s idea and the time you started working full time on it?
It took about 4-6 months.
Karma is still a very young company—what is the hardest part about growing so quickly?