What I’ll Use to Start My Next Two Industry Associations: GroupSpaces #TG2009

by on July 16, 2009 at 3:55 pm

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I’ve been on the founding board of two industry associations, the IAB and the ADM. We started the Internet Advertising Bureau in 1997 when venture funding was free flowing like champagne at an @PaulCarr rendezvous and though we felt some financial constraint, there were plenty of dues to be had to fund our site and manage the business.

Not so with the Association for Downloadable Media, which started in 2007, with very small coffers in an increasingly tight industry. Chris MacDonald, the Chairman and the executive team have had to manage every penny, with a lot of our costs going to dues management, voting infrastructure and other expenses that didn’t move the needle on our agenda to help podcasters monetize their content.

I wish we’d had GroupSpaces two years ago, instead of Avectra and the other very poor tools we’ve had to use to run our industry assocation. In London at a NESTA and Seedcamp “Speed Dating” event, I was introduced to David Langer, founder of GroupSpaces. The company focuses on helping clubs, societies, associations and other groups with the myriad tasks that suck time from people who typically volunteer. Here is a list of features:


Database – Mailing List

Email Discussions – Forum

Social Network – Polls


Manage Registrations

Promote – Take Payments

Schedule Times & Places


Create Pages – Share Files

Public or members-only

Integrate with your own site

Just having a payment feature combined with a mailing list is a big huzzah, and it seems like GroupSpaces has done an excellent job understanding the features of their target audience.

Yet another excellent Seedcamp company coming from the UK.

Seedcamp Background Info:

Twitter: @langer

Email: david@groupspaces.com

Website: http://www.groupspaces.com

Contact Phone: +44 (0)7762 222 381

Company Description
GroupSpaces is an Oxford-based startup providing easy-to-use online tools that take the pain out of managing clubs, societies, associations and other real-world groups.
Today, GroupSpaces has over 1,600 groups signed up with almost 160,000 members in total and has worked with over 60 blue-chip advertisers including IBM, BP, JPMorgan, Procter & Gamble and McKinsey.
GroupSpaces was founded in October 2007 and raised seed funding in January 2008. In April 2008, GroupSpaces was selected as one of 20 promising UK Web companies to visit Silicon Valley on the inaugural Web Mission, a week-long trade forum sponsored by UKTI, BT, TechCrunch and HSBC. In December 2008, the founders were selected by Spectator Business in less than a dozen “rising stars of the business world” aged under-25. In March 2009, GroupSpaces won the MIT Global Startup Workshop pitch competition.
GroupSpaces is planning its next funding round for later this year.
About David: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Langer

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