Meet the founders: Christian Ringstad Schultz
Christian Ringstad Schultz
Co-founder & Head of Admin
How did you come up with the idea for your startup?
Sindre Vingen, one of the co-founders behind Tiltspot.tv, saw at parties that people were sitting on their own phone rather than socializing with each other. He then came up with an idea of a gaming platform where no other equipment than what a person already has, like a phone and a computer was needed.
The idea was simple, and after teaming up with me and Mathias Udahl things started getting serious. We set the goal to become the worlds leading web-based gaming platform, a goal we always have in mind.
What's your entrepreneurial history, or is this your first go at a startup?
I myself have failed with a start-up earlier, mostly because of the team. We didn't have the right people with the right motivation and skills.
This failure made me aware of the importance of a great team, which I truly believe we have in Tiltspot.tv. A team that has the skills and motivation to push ourselves and each other to the limit!
If you weren’t building your startup, what would you be doing?
I like to think of myself as a creative person and I've always been able to explore my creative sides through different jobs. First through music production and DJing and now as co-founder of a company in the gaming industry. I believe this says a lot about what I would be doing if I weren't building my start-up, and that is to create value in some kind of creative business.
What are you REALLY into outside of building your company?
In the previous answer, I wrote about my passion for music, and that's what I'm REALLY! into. If you ever see me on the street, on a bus or at the office, you usually see me with a headset listening to all kinds of music. When I have some spare time I love closing the door at my room and spend some hours creating songs on my computer!
What have been the hardest part during the early stages of your startup?
The hardest part during the early stages, and what's still hard is to make people understand the value of what we're creating. We are early in what we can be, but what we're doing with web-based gaming is something we believe is going to disrupt the gaming industry as we know it.
What's the one thing you wouldn't manage without when starting your company?
Coffee! But also a great team who are passionate about what they're doing. I believe that if you don't have a passion for what you're doing, you are almost certain to fail.
What drives you as an entrepreneur?
The one thing that really drives me as an entrepreneur is milestones. No matter how small or big they are, the satisfaction of achieving a milestone is something that really makes my day. It can be either get a Skype session with a person or finalizing a sale.
What's your experience of fundraising and dealing with investors?
I don't have a lot of experience in fundraising or dealing with investors, but from my sit-downs with investors, I would say that you should respect each one as an individual. They have different experiences and are individual humans so try to find the best in each other.
What do you look for in an investor?
In early-stage, I look for investors who can open doors, and have the expertise we as a start-up lack.
Why did you decide to apply for Angel Challenge?
We decided to apply for Angel Challenge to learn more about what's needed to be investor ready and meet people with all kinds of experience. Learning is the key.
What's the one thing you feel that you are better at than most other people?
I believe I'm better than most people to see value in creative businesses. To see the opportunities, both economically but also what impact creative businesses can create.