Xibit is a mixed reality software platform 3D digital art
Please introduce yourself and your startup Xibit to our readers!
Zakaria Jaiathe, co-founder and CEO at Xibit. Passionate XR developer. More than 5 years of technical experience at SAP. Part of the strategic exploration and chairman teams, which had the mission of exploring new technology trends and advising SAP executives about it.
Xibit is a mixed reality software platform to publish, curate, exhibit, buy and sell access to 3D digital art.
We bring exhibitions to people. By leveraging the capacities of the most advanced mixed reality technology in the market, we transform any available space into a unique art exhibition of 3D digital art, interacting with reality and people.
How did you get the idea of Xibit?
Me and my co-founder, Abdeljalil Karam, have been always interested in art and in building very innovative technical solutions.
We have been friends for more than 3 years, but we have also worked on multiple side projects from blockchain to design thinking.
We both share the same love for art, technology, and innovation. The idea of Xibit was then a natural result, which was after shaped through a lot of user research and design thinking workshops with art galleries, 3D artists and users.
Why did you decide to start with Xibit?
Our passion for art and technology is the first reason. But also because we believe that art and creativity in the field of the future.
When robots will take over most of the jobs that can be automated, we believe art will be one of the flourishing fields that will attract a lot of people.
What is the vision behind Xibit?
We want to understand art and accelerate creativity.
Xibit is not only about exhibiting 3D digital art, but we are also a data platform. We collect data about how people engage with different artworks using eye-tracking, hand gestures and other contextual information. Our goal is to use this data to find a better answer to how people engage and feel about art. We believe finding an objective answer to this can lead to more opportunities, such as data-driven design and others.
How difficult was the start and which challenges you had to overcome?
As foreign founders, we have even more challenges. We had to apply for a new visa, and fill a business plan with the expected expenses/revenue for the next few years, while we were still searching for our product-market fit.
Sometimes challenges turn out to be a good story to tell. Therefore, we believe in being always positive, keep smiling and take time to breath whenever it gets very hard.
Who is your target audience?
We target all art enthusiasts, people who love going to art galleries, enjoy shopping art and also people who love the new technology.
What is the USP of your startup?
What makes us unique is that we are not only a marketplace, but we also offer the tools to curate and exhibit 3D digital art in a mixed reality environment. By focusing on 3D digital art, using headsets, we can offer a very unique human-computer interaction using plain hand gestures, eye tracking, and other contextual information.
Can you describe your typical workday ?
I try to wake up early and start my day early so that I can make the most of my day.
It starts around 6h30 by answering some emails. At 8h00 our first team meeting to discuss what we will work on that day.
After, I usually if I don’t have a meeting with a customer, partner or investor, I will be trying to find them and set up a meeting.
In the afternoon, after a great ping pong session with the team, I start developing.
I call the day off usually around 9 pm, sometimes, more.
Where do you see yourself and your startup Xibit in five years?
In a very short time, with our small team, we could do a lot of amazing things.
I believe in 5 years we will be the next unicorn made in Berlin. After all, you have to believe if you want to reach it.
We fixed as a goal to impact at least 100 million individuals by bringing 3D digital art to them, using Xibit.
What 3 tips would you give to the founders?
Do a lot of user research, and make it a weekly habit.
Be open, no one will steal your idea or vision. People are already busy with their own ideas.
Be genuine about your passion and interest in the problem you are solving. If you are not passionate, you better choose another problem to solve. People choose passionate founders.
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Thank you Zakaria Jaiathe for the Interview
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