Pitch Labstep to us in one sentence.
Over half of all scientific results published can’t be reproduced, which wastes billions and countless hours of researchers time. We capture real-time data on the process that leads to these results so that the findings can be replicated, allowing you to share and collaborate in an easy way!
How did you get your idea or concept for the business?
The idea came from the team’s personal experiences in the lab and the frustrations with other products and how research was recorded and shared.
What was your journey like to get where you are?
Labstep started as a project to solve the founder’s individual problems while Jake was in commercial R&D and Jan doing his PhD at Oxford. It has grown organically to a point where it is now used at over 600 universities across the UK and US!
When it’s all over, how do you want to be remembered?
As a tool that went out to solve a real problem and have a real positive impact to the scientific community.
Where do you see your industry going?
Technology is pervasive in the scientific industry and the amount of computational analysis and robotics to automate experimentation is only going to increase. We believe that our platform is perfectly placed to help scientists make this transition.
What would you do in the event of a zombie apocalypse?
Load up on supplies, head out to sea and try to find some nice deserted Greek island.
What made you choose your current location?
London is the perfect place for us to bring together a team of experienced developers and designers to help us execute on our vision.
What is unique about your business?
Our team is composed of scientists that really understand the problem we are trying to address and we’re taking a unique approach to solving it.
If you had one piece of advice to someone just starting out, what would it be?
Focus on finding the right team members to drive the project forward together.
Which company (other than your own) do you admire and why?
Tesla, they have a noble goal for ushering in electric transport and they have caused the established automotive companies to step up their game and shift to electric. This is going to have much larger lasting effects on the environment, regardless of whether the company goes on to become a financial success.
Who is/was your first client?
We started at Oxford and had large numbers of professors and students sign up from there.
If your company was a genre of music/artist what would it be?
Lab-step; science-inspired dubstep.
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