Digital Spaceship
Digital Spaceship
Jul 30, 2020
14 - Google, Sailing and Entrepreneurship with Jelte Liebrand - Founder at Savvy Navvy
Play • 43 min

Tune in as we chat with Jelte Liebrand - Founder at Savvy Navvy.

Savvy navvy is an app great for planning a sailing trip - built by sailors, for sailors.  Whether you want to create a passage plan, measure distance or simply check the weather and tide, you can do it all with Savvy Navvy. 

Jelte took part in the Clipper Round the World yacht race in 2014. He had plenty of sailing experience, but racing from San Francisco to New York was quite a bit different from anything he'd done before. Sailing thousands of miles off-shore, he learnt how difficult navigation can be. Updating charts, downloading weather forecasts, predicting boat speed, avoiding squalls with 50+ knots of wind; it all took hours and hours below deck, plotting courses on a computer whilst hanging on at a 45 degree heel. Jelte became convinced there should be an easier way.

He spent two years researching and building the foundation for savvy navvy and in July 2017 he left his job at Google to get his vision of easy, safe navigation out to every sailor on the water.

We discuss:

  • Customer acquisition
  • Funding 
  • Understanding your customers needs 
  • Hiring 
  • What's on the roadmap
  • And much more…

This podcast is hosted by a Digital Marketing & Creative Content Agency based in London, UK

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