Meet the founders: Marianne F. Lilland
Marianne F. Lilland
Founder & CEO
How did you come up with the idea for your startup?
I came up with the idea because of my own need. I found that there was no unified venue to search, compare prices and make a booking. It seems that there was so much undone in a lot of service sectors.
What's your entrepreneurial history, or is this your first go at a startup?
I had an idea when I was 23 yrs. old. That was a label idea for products which made it easier for customers to remember the wine the enjoyed. I had meetings with Ventura, but I did not know then that I had to put more pressure on and follow up the managers. I know now that you have to ask at least twice and be stubborn, and be in for the long run.
If you weren’t building your startup, what would you be doing?
I would probably be employed in a company doing marketing, sales, and business development. Similar to what I did before I founded Droppin.
What are you REALLY into outside of building your company?
I really love being outdoor, both summer and winter. I do a lot of sports, I do both cross country and downhill, and have been attending a few races. I like to challenge myself which has resulted in climbing to Trolltunga, diving, and windsurfing. It is never to late to take a challenge:-)
What have been the hardest part during the early stages of your startup?
The hardest part has been to deal with all the ups and downs. One day you are in heaven, the next day it is like hell. It is hard to work limited capital, and you have to manage to do a lot out of little. It was also very hard in the start when I had a co-founder that did not participate and this made a lot of trouble for me and the company.
What's the one thing you wouldn't manage without when starting your company?
A family and a husband that support me and friends that believe in me. And not least I have some great people in the team that has been with me since the beginning.
What drives you as an entrepreneur?
I love being creative and seeing new possibilities, that is the way my brain works. When I can combine this with my commercial skills I am happy. I love to start, create and run.
What's your experience of fundraising and dealing with investors?
Not very high, but I have learned a lot during the last year.
What do you look for in an investor?
I am looking for investors with the right skills and experience to make Droppin grown. Door opener, tech knowledge, knowledge of running companies.
Why did you decide to apply for Angel Challenge?
In the early phase of growth, I need to find angel investors that believe in this. I will see our achievement so far as proof!
What's the one thing you feel that you are better at than most other people?
I'm good at thinking strategically to develop Droppin and also see new possibilities.