Christmas is a time for giving. So it seems only fitting that for our December member spotlight we introduce to you our friends and founders of Food Drop, Miranda and Everest. This dynamic duo know a thing or two about hard work, graduating University of Bath and coming straight London to work full-time on their vision. We can’t wait for you guys to hear what they’re up to!
A short introduction…
Everest: I am the co-founder of Food Drop. Food Drop focuses on linking organisations and people, providing them with a convenient way to give back. We are focused on working with high street food retailers, helping them to donate their surplus food to local charities by connecting them with a network of volunteers through our mobile app. Our mobile app makes volunteering easy, enabling anyone to find convenient local volunteering opportunities.
We both have recently graduated. I completed my master’s in Mechanical Engineering, and Miranda completed her master’s in Business Management. Prior to that she completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology. We both studied at the University of Bath and moved to London over the summer.
What are you working on now and why are you doing it?
Miranda: We are currently focusing on our relaunch next year, in London!
And what would you like to achieve in the next few years?
Over the next couple years, we aim to be working with food-to-go outlets across the U.K., aiding them with supporting their local communities.
How did you manage to get your business off the ground?
Over the past two years we have been developing our proof of concept in Bath while we studied. We trialled different aspects of the business, gained lots of feedback and reiterated. Before we launched our first mobile app, we used Google docs and Facebook groups to connect with volunteers. It’s been a work in progress – haha!
What have been your biggest challenges so far?
We have had plenty of rough days, but tougher challenges are yet to come. It’s important for start-ups to stay focused – sometimes the biggest challenge is not to get carried away by the (potential) opportunities. Remaining focused on building a solid core product is very vital.
What do you love about your job?
The opportunity to have a wider impact, and continuously learn and develop.
What in your opinion is the key to your success so far?
A deep understanding of our purpose, which helps us navigate even when faced with unexpected or ambiguous situations. Success is a continuous journey, and the way to advance on the journey is by putting your clients/users and product before anything.
Are there any things you do to relax and balance yourself after a hard days work?
I guess it depends on the day but cooking or baking is quite relaxing. Also, we both find going for long walks helpful.
What are you reading/watching/listening to at the moment?
We are watching ‘White Collar’ on Netflix & reading Sheryl Sandburg’s Lean in.
Why did you decide to join Areaworks?
The community feel is great; it’s very peaceful and supportive. Everyone is focused on what they’re doing, and always happy to help should you need it.
What are your favourite things about the area?
There is a lot of energy and vibrancy, as well as some tranquil spots by the canal.
What gets you out of bed in the morning?
The opportunity to create, Food Drop was founded on our values and vision.
To read about some of our other past members’ Spotlight posts head over to our blog. Interested in joining the Areaworks family? Pop into our branches for a cuppa, or book a tour and we can show you around!