We will transform people’s know-how to value for others by making it accessible and useful.
Become the most sustainable global ecosystem for exchanging valuable know-how.
Ensure all involved are fairly rewarded and facilitate the preservation, sharing and easy access of know-how
The Plottu Story
The idea to start Plottu was born. Founders Hugo Henraat and Jean-Paul Zuidema were comfortably managing a consultancy firm for projects in the banking industry. This is where they saw the power of know-how and how easy it can either create success or cause failure.
Both had no experience in developing a product from scratch, so they moved to the European center of Startups: Berlin. They used that year to make the mistakes that probably every startup founder has to make.
It took about half a year of talks and a nice suit to realise that convincing people with just a Powerpoint might work inside a bank, it for sure did not impress investors. So, no ready product and no clients using it, meant no investment.
Blame it to corporate arrogance but they were convinced that a great algorithm that translates the consequence of availability/lack of know-how into financial predictions was their key to success. So after joggling for almost a year to develop it and show it to potential users and buyers, reality kicked in; nobody really cared about the financial side of things, let alone wanted to pay for such a product.
Learn something new: programming and do it yourself to save money. Ok, they learned some useful skills and it was fun, but what took them to develop something in a week, an experienced developer would do it in a day. It took them a while to accept that and acknowledge that it is usually best to focus on the things you can do best, especially if time and money is not infinite.
The assumed most negligible feature from the prototype got the most attention; users could lookup and apply know-how from previous similar projects. Unfortunately they found out only after being submerged in perfectionizing code and algorithms for almost half a year not talking to any users.
End of 2016 Plottu secured funding from the Gründung Innovativ Program offered by the Investitionsbank des Landes Brandenburg
In April 2017 it was the time to release the Plottu beta and start working closely with users. This resulted in a first official release of the product in December 2017.
Since January 2018 we are running pilots with companies from Germany and The Netherlands and we are busy developing new versions of the software.
We owe a huge thanks to all the people that joined us on this awesome journey, and we hope that you will become a part of our story.