When draft considered how easy it would be to both pronounce and to hear in different tongues and the name Mentimeter was a clear winner. However, our stats show us that it’s easier to misinterpret or misspell than we thought:
Well, our stats also show that most people managed to get it right. And with this blog post even the misspelled name might find us =)
Mentimeter is welcoming new CEO Oscar Mo to the team. Oscar will start his appointment on May 1st.
We have been following Oscar for many years and he’s been a successful and appreciated leader in several organizations, some of them connected to one of Mentimeter’s biggest user base; Universities.
Oscar latest assignment was for Kinnevik owned newspaper Metro and he’s also on the board of the Student Union at the Royal Institute of Technology.
So, what does Oscar think? Let’s ask him some questions:
How does it feel to be Mentimeter’s first CEO?
- It feels great, I’ve been following Mentimeter at a distance for quite a while and I’m happy to now become a part of the team of people that I admire. I’m looking forward to taking all the efforts of the team; past, current as well as future, to more users around the world.
What will you contribute to Mentimeter?
- I’ve had experience leading organizations where we accomplished a lot through devoted work and innovative thinking. I want to build Mentimeter into the successful company that it deserves to be, and that means bringing more brilliant people on board and lifting the service to new heights. Mentimeter can bring value to so many situations in business and teaching and this is a journey that I want to be a part of.
What is Mentimeter’s biggest challenge right now?
- We have a great service but the real value is brought to our users when applied in innovative and disruptive ways. We need to display success stories and make it easy for our users to be successful.
Last week Kristoffer, Johnny and I participated in a Swedish startup competition called PitchMeUp. It has a new concept developed by Gunnar Årneby with focus on quick startup pitches – something I really enjoyed and think we’ll see more of in the future.
The idea was pretty simple:
Each person got 2 minutes to pitch to the audience (both live in the room and in an video stream online)
The jury (Three well-renowned Swedish VCs) asked one tough question each and the participant got to answer
The audience (both live and online) got to vote for 60 seconds on something called Approval rating (with a Yes or No)
A fun thing for us was that Mentimeter was such an integral part of the competition, being used for all voting during the event. The winner of the event was selected using only the votes of the audience and the jury could only influence by their choice of questions.
As I said in the beginning I think more event will take on this approach in the near future – quick pitches and wisdom of the audience – we can already see a trend in Stockholm.
What do you think? Are there any drawbacks? Comment below or send me a tweet.
When we started building this product we needed a name and after many crazy brainstorming sessions we choose “Mentimeter”, a combination of the latin words “menti” (mind) and “meter” (meter, as in a device that measures things). We thought it sounded good and agreed we had a winner.
However we recentely received an email from José:
The name of your product means “I lied” in Spanish which does not make much sense. With more than half a billion Hispanics this might eventually matter for you.
None of the founders has studied Spanish and missing the obvious verb mentir is of course a bit embarrassing.
However, Mentimeter could of course be used to detect if someone lies, just by using the wisdom of crowds…
With the introduction of the Mentimeter workshop questions we have opened up for completely new usage areas where Mentimeter can bring value to your organisation.
As a real-world example I attended a sales conference last week where improvements to the sales process was discussed. The total list ended up with about 20 bullet points but with a simple 100-point prioritization the management could clearly see which top 3 improvement suggestion the entire sales organisation should prioritize.
This became one of the clearest takeaways from the conference and time from creation to finished result wasn’t longer than 4 minutes.
Today Mentimeter announces that we are launching even more advanced features. We believe that these features will revolutionize the way you interact in your next workshop or team meeting.
To put it simple we are adding one 100-point question type for prioritization and one dual axis question type for rating in two dimensions (e.g. cost and benefit). But the potential of these question types are far from simple.
Most of business analysis, prioritization and decisions are based on these two fundamental views. With Mentimeter you can make them interactive, engaging and easy to use.
Example: What are the risk factors in this project