Getting to know Mentor, Agi Reefman

Agi Reefman is a start-up and business consultant. She has a passion for helping businesses overcome their challenges, grow and thrive. Her specialities include: managing and accelerating start-up businesses, building and advising new and evolving businesses; optimising people operations and developing product vision and strategy. This year, Agi is mentoring sameview and Spokle.

Agi Reefman, Mentor, Remarkable

Tell us a bit about you and your background experience

I am a former lawyer, and I also worked in project management before moving to management in the software development space. Now I run my own company providing strategic business advice to start-ups and corporates.

What are your core areas of expertise, particularly when it comes to mentoring for Remarkable?

My core areas of expertise are product vision and strategy.

What inspired you to become a mentor for Remarkable?

The amazing start-ups that have come out of previous cohorts and the obvious need for tech development to focus on improving quality of life for people with disabilities.

Are there any parts of the accelerator program that you particularly enjoy?

Meeting with the start-ups and seeing their progress. I also really loved the first pitch night where all startups introduced their product.

What is your top tool, blog, book or podcast that you’d recommend others look at?

For start-up businesses, I strongly recommend reading “Competing against Luck” by Clayton Christensen. It will fundamentally change how you approach your start-up idea.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given in your work life that you would like to pass on to the startups?

How you think will shape how you feel, act and what you achieve. Watch your thoughts!

sameview’s Danny and Jess

sameview is a trusted online platform for easier, and better disability care coordination. By streamlining care coordination, sameview gives families the confidence to build their own team, set their own goals, and walk their own path.

This week we sat down with Danny and Jess Hui to discover more about their motivation to create this platform, and to hear about their Remarkable experience.

A woman and a man wearing t-shirts with the words sameview sitting on a grey sofa smiling at the camera
Jess and Danny, Founders, sameview

Tell us about your startup. What’s the problem you’re solving for people with disability?

sameview is a trusted online platform that takes the stress and workload out of care coordination. We help families who care for a child with a disability to get everyone from their team (doctors, therapists, support workers, teachers, family, and friends) onto the same page, and working together to effectively achieve their goals.

What inspired you to start this?

Our youngest son Monty, was born with a complex disability, and coordinating our team of over 30 different professionals was something we struggled with. We met many other families struggling with this same issue and sameview was born from our desire to solve this issue. What we now also know, is just how important coordination and collaboration in disability support and intervention is to achieving each family’s goals.

What’s the biggest challenge you’re facing with building your startup, and how do you think Remarkable can help you overcome this challenge?

The biggest challenge for us coming into Remarkable was fully articulating our value proposition, where we fit in the market, and how we can become sustainable. Since starting Remarkable, we’ve already made great progress towards solving these challenges.

What have been the highlights of your Remarkable experience so far?

We are so lucky to have been surrounded by a wealth of talented and generous individuals from all areas of business. These incredible people have given us the insight and confidence to tackle our weaknesses, and build the best sameview going forward.

Do you have any tips for startups who are trying to get on an accelerator program?

The Remarkable team’s hearts are in advancing the disability ecosystem, I think anyone looking to apply for Remarkable Accelerator Program should approach their application with openness and not being afraid to talk about their weaknesses. I would also suggest speaking to past participants to gain insight into the program.

What is your top tool, blog, book or podcast that you’d recommend others look at?

Obviously sameview’s weekly video diaries people can see on LinkedIn or Facebook. Apart from that one of our mentors recently recommended the podcast “How I Built This”, which has been so relevant to what we’re doing in Remarkable.