InnovaBuzz Episode #63 – James Eder – Causr

James Eder Causr

James Eder - Causr App Founder

In this episode, my guest is James Eder founder of Causr, an app that helps people connect.  We talked about the challenges of starting up a new business and transforming an idea into a viable and sustainable business model, as well as why it is important to get out of your comfort zone and connect with new people.

James is a very impressive and inspiring individual, who is on a mission to make a difference in the world, by enabling more people to connect.

In fact, to help him with this mission, we are issuing a challenge today - if you choose to accept this challenge (no it is NOT Mission Impossible!), you may well get a special prize, as well as great rewards as outlined in our interview.   Stay tuned later in the podcast, where I’ll outline the details of your mission!   Don’t worry, this tape will NOT self destruct in 60 seconds!

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Show Highlights

Some of the highlights of this episode with James Eder of Causr include:

  • Speak to people you wouldn't normally speak to - challenge is one new person a day!  Making new connections can lead to new opportunities.  The Causr app, enables new "random" connections with people nearby, by providing the permission, the confidence and the context, to speak with other people.
  • The best way to generate new ideas is to expand your horizons and the best way to do that is to speak to different people, you wouldn't normally speak to.
  • Failure can't exist with persistence.  When confronted with a setback, step back and ask how you can achieve your desired outcome by doing something different.  Take on board the message from The Naked Leader by David Taylor "Imagine if you knew you could not fail.....who would you be, where would you go and what would you do?"
  • Focus ideas on providing value for the user and providing a great user experience - opportunities for generating revenue will come from that.
  • Break down major projects and focus on the very next thing that you can do to move forward.  Whilst is sounds banal, that is key to innovation.

The Buzz - Our Innovation Round

Here are James' answers to the questions of our Innovation round. Watch the interview to get the full scoop.

  • #1 thing to be more innovative – Speak to people you wouldn't normally speak to - challenge is one new person a day!
  • Best thing for new ideas – Speak to more people! By teaching, you learn - challenge yourself!
  • Favourite tool for innovation – GTD system by David Allen.
  • Keep project / client on track – Focus on the goal or outcome.
  • Differentiate – Be authentic. Be yourself. Be confident in you.

To Be a Leader

With new ventures, develop a list of experiments to run - run them as quickly as possible to see what works.  Fail fast, but keep going.  Always keep users in mind.

Reach Out

You can reach out and thank James via LinkedIn (mention this podcast), and Twitter - @jameseder.

Suggested Guest

James suggested I interview David Taylor, who is the author of The Naked Leader, on a future InnovaBuzz podcast.  So, David keep an eye on your inbox, for an invitation from me to the InnovaBuzz podcast, courtesy of James Eder.

Full Transcript

#NewConnections Challenge - with Prize

For the next 21 days, every day, speak to ONE (at least) complete stranger.  Every day!  But not in a creepy way!  The idea is to connect more people and who knows, what this might lead to - new business, new opportunities!  

Go up to a yet (to you) new person and just say, ‘Hey I was listening to a podcast and the person on the other end from London said I should just go to speak to one new person a day so would you mind If I speak to you?’  

Introduce yourself and ask is there something you can help them with today.  

To be eligible for our prize (we’ll work that out later, but it will be Awesome!), you need to post on Facebook and Twitter “spoke to another stranger today” with the #newconnections, and anything else you want to add, then report back in the comments below on your experiences.  For the best experience, we’ll have an awesome prize!  But by connecting with new people, you’ll be winning in any case!

Let’s make this a movement - #newconnections

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