Arun Thangavel of Waalflower – a wall mounted wireless charger – joined our Accelerator in February, we’re pleased to be helping him to shape aspects of his product, and look forward to seeing him and the rest of the team take the business from strength to strength.
We spoke to Arun to find out more about how the idea for Waalflower was born, and how he’s found his time at CRL so far.
Find out more about Waalflower here – www.waalflower.com / Twitter: @waalflower
Could you tell us a little bit about your entrepreneurial journey so far?
Our business waalflower started life as a side project, a product me and the team designed to scratch our own personal itch. We aimed to bring the great qualities and seamless user experience of wireless charging to tablet devices. We are still very early in the life cycle of this business, but we have made sure to validate at each stage and make sure we are building this company on good first principles.
I have been in start-ups my whole career, having founded one and worked with many and the area that continues to drive my passions is delivering a great user experience. In waalflower I see a product and company which aligns with my own personal thesis and also a great opportunity in a growing industry, which is enough reason for me to be excited by our future.
What project/product are you working on at the moment?
The flagship product; the waalflower, is a wall mounted wireless charger for tablet devices. Using rare earth magnets and QI wireless technology, the waalflower creates a solid connection allowing you to seamlessly charge your tablet devices, keeping your device wall mounted, accessible and always powered. Bringing the magic of wireless charging to your tablet.
What’s your advice to prospective entrepreneurs considering launching a business/product?
Validate everything that you can. Business, products, startups; it is all very tough as it is; but what is even tougher is working without direction and when you do not validate your assumptions; that is exactly what you are doing. Make a point in the early days to speak to your users and let them drive and frame your thinking (but not always your decisions). Validate all that you can, and then execute the hell out of it!
What do you value most about the CRL community?
Making physical products is tough! Creating hardware is hard! And doing it alone is harder. The sense of community and variety of knowledge all under one roof here at the CRL is something that is invaluable at any stage of a product based company’s lifecycle. The facilities and help at hand is world class and me and team have already gained a lot of value from it.
Describe CRL in 3 words?
Makes hardware easier