Our #MVPtoVIP series celebrates the inspirational journeys of some of the fantastic founders in our Farillio network. This time, we're chatting to Dale Clutterbuck, founder of Dclutter. Get to know him better below...
Tell us about your business and the problem it solves
Dclutter is a web application that enables you to spend less time on file administration. It makes it quicker and easier to find files by enabling you to you look for what you're looking for without having to worry about where the file is stored.
Data is at the centre of almost all businesses, and the goal for Dclutter is to make it quick and easy to find that data. It's extremely common for a business to lose control of its data, particularly as it grows and new people join with new ideas on how to organise data.
What inspired you to launch it?
I was finding it difficult to organise and find my own data. The rigid nature of folder hierarchy really limits how you can organise and, while search helps to some extent, it sometimes proves very frustrating to use unless you're an expert at writing a search query.
Combined with my 10 years of working with large and global enterprises in their IT storage infrastructure, I was unable to find a solution that really solved the problem. The IT infrastructure companies were really focused on making storage faster and scale bigger. They really did very little for helping with organisation and finding data.
What do you feel is the most challenging aspect of being a business owner?
You don't know what you don't know. There are so many aspects to running a business and it's quite frequent to find something you weren't aware of that you needed.
What are you using Farillio for?
I'm using Farillio to help with the generation of legal documents (e.g. privacy notice) and also to help me with understanding aspects of running a business I'm not aware of through the use of the how-to guides.
What’s the most important piece of legal advice you’ve ever needed?
I needed to discuss GDPR and the impact of privacy on Dclutter. This was extremely important, as Dclutter is working with people's files.
What’s the next piece of legal advice you predict you’ll need?
I will need assistance in building out appropriate sets of terms and conditions to protect Dclutter.
What made you decide to build your business in a co-work community?
As a sole founder with no employees, it can be very isolating and potentially lonely. The co-working community not only helps relieve that but it provides a fantastic opportunity to meet like-minded business owners and genuinely interesting people.
What’s the weirdest/funniest/most alarming [you choose!] thing anyone’s said to you in business?
"It's just saved on my laptop" – I've met so many people who still store data on laptops with no backup. While failures are relatively rare, they are devastating when they happen!
What’s the next biggest trend in tech that you predict?
So much technology over the past couple of decades has relied on tracking to understanding their users. Both to improve the services and provide revenue streams through advertising.
With various government attempts to improve protection of personal information (e.g. GDPR) and a general greater awareness of the impact on privacy, I believe we will see a move towards technology finding new ways to understand users without impacting privacy issues.
And if you found this startup story inspiring, check out the rest of the Farillio blog to discover more!