We're Thinkbox, A Startup Studio

We build, work with, and invest in startups at the earliest stages (usually marketplaces). We're not your normal startup studio. We're completely bootstrap and have reinvested our profits into 15+ startups. We're operators ourselves, love working with startups, and playing our small part in backing incredible founders and companies.

We Help Startups With:

Idea To Validated MVP
Sharetribe Customizations
Marketplace Design & Development
Pre-Launch & Launch Strategy
Marketplace Growth

About Thinkbox

Thinkbox was founded by Mike Williams (Yoroomie), a serial entrepreneur in 2016. Mike previously started Codeity, a hiring marketplace platform used by 500+ companies to source and hire developers before it was acquired in 2015 by Angelhack (press release).

After Codeity was acquired, Mike focused on building the best core team of product, design, and development to help other startups. Instead of building a development agency, Thinkbox began to internally prototype ideas, launch companies, continue working with and helping other startups, and also making pre-seed and seed stage investments by reinvesting revenue.

The first startup Thinkbox launched was Studiotime, which has been called the "Airbnb of music studios" and has been featured in VICE, Forbes, BBC, and other press in 35+ countries. It's the largest online community of music studios in the world and Thinkbox continues to operate Studiotime.

Thinkbox also built and launched Yoroomie App, which was acquired within six months in 2016. This was the first acquisition for a Thinkbox Ventures startup.

Today, Thinkbox focuses it's core team on working with startups to help accelerate their business. Our specialties are: idea to MVP sprints, marketplace development, design sprints, product roadmap, pre-launch & launch strategy, and marketplace growth.

Our Team

Thinkbox is a small core team that is multi-disciplinary in product, design, and development. We're all former operators and have worked with some of today's top startups. We are also active makers and are always contributing to projects, building weekend side projects, and perfecting our craft.

Mike Williams - Founder

Mike is a serial entrepreneur that has taken two startups from idea to acquisition. He is also a mentor to Founders Institute and helps teach others how to build and launch startups without coding in his spare time.

Ben Collins - Technology Lead

Ben was the founding CTO of Codeity, has built and scaled multiple development teams, and has also served as interim CTO for various venture backed startups before leading technology and all development at Thinkbox.

Aure Gimon- Design

Aure is one of the most sought after designers in Los Angeles and has led design for various venture backed startups in the past. He also frequently runs design sprints with startups and leads design for various blockchain projects such as Origin Protocol.

Want to join our team? Send us a message here.

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Thinkbox Companies

Our team is always taking our own ideas and turning them into startups. If we build, launch, and they validate, we will then scale, operate, and support them as a Thinkbox startup.

Our first startup we successfully did this with was Studiotime, which has been called the "Airbnb of music studios" and has been featured in VICE, Forbes, BBC, and more. It's the largest online community of music studios in the world with thousands of music studios in 35+ countries, and we continue to operate Studiotime.

We also built and launched Yoroomie App, which was acquired within six months in 2016. This was the first acquisition for a Thinkbox startup.

We're always working on something new and the best way to stay updated is by following us on Twitter.

Thinkbox Companies:

Studiotime
Yoroomie App (acquired)

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Services We Offer

We work on a project basis with founders and early-stage teams by offering business validation, product, design & development, and growth services (usually marketplaces).

Our work is award-winning, is frequently featured in industry-leading publications and media, and we're proud of being behind the scenes helping some of today's top startups.

Whether you're a solo-founder looking to take your idea to MVP or venture backed startup that's looking to increase business, design, or development capabilities, please reach out to us and we'd love to help.

We Help Startups With:

Idea To Validated MVP
Sharetribe Customizations
Marketplace Design & Development
Pre-Launch & Launch Strategy
Marketplace Growth

People Love Working With Us!

"The Thinkbox team is always a huge help to our portfolio companies and founders. They're someone you want to work with." - Milan Koch, Managing Partner at Base Ventures

"The team is hands down invaluable and helped us take our idea to validated startup. They also expedited our learning curve as a marketplace startup." - Alexander Galicki, Co-Founder Roamer

"We needed a simple and clean interface and Thinkbox precisely delivered what we were looking for." -Joe Bayen CEO, Lenny Credit

We've also worked with a handful of other companies such as Metal Pay, CryptoCribs, Crumbs App, Seedly, and more (unfortunately we can't mention them all). You can see specific examples of our work here.

Interested in working with us? We work on a project basis and cash-compensation only right now to keep things simple. We don't take equity and instead will invest our profits at a later opportunity if available. Send us a message using the button below.

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Thinkbox Fund

Our "fund" was initially started by our founder making angel investments via AngelList to build an initial "fund MVP".

Now that we're a bootstrap and profitable startup studio, we've chosen to build out our initial portfolio and reinvest a large part of our profits from projects back into the startup ecosystem. We're proud to play our small part in backing some incredible startups and have invested in 15+ startups that have raised $110M in addition to two funds. We've done this in 18 months and plan to invest in 20-30 startups within the next 12 months.

If you'd like to invest alongside us, you can back our AngelList syndicate here.

Thinkbox Fund Portfolio:

Brandable
Burrow
mParticle
Zeotap
ProducePay
Public Goods
The Picks & Shovels Co.
Cognomotiv
Drive Motors
Gone
Krue
Rinse
Service
Trusted (acquired)
VetPronto (acquired)

Funds Invested In:

Shrug Capital
Bitwise Asset Management

Working on something amazing and want us to invest? Send us a message here.

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Sharetribe Marketplace Examples

Looking for examples of online marketplaces that were built using Sharetribe? Want to see what's possible using their hosted version, open source, or Flex platform? We offer customizations for all three Sharetribe platforms and have created a directory of examples to help others see the possibilities!

Add Your Sharetribe Marketplace To The Directory

Examples Of Our Work:

Roamer
Idea To MVP, Initial Sharetribe Customization, Marketplace Development, Pre-launch & Launch Strategy

The Roamer team came to us with a napkin idea for a student housing marketplace and we helped them with go from concept to live MVP in 30 days. We leveraged our marketplace expertise to help Roamer also have a successful launch and achieve market liquidity to validate their business concept.

"The team is hands down invaluable and helped us take our idea to validated startup. They also expedited our learning curve as a marketplace startup." - Alexander Galicki, Co-Founder Roamer

Stitch
Product Roadmapping, Rapid Prototyping

The Stitch team came to us with the challenge of defining, designing, and prototyping an app that would revolutionize the way fans interact with artist content. Stitch is a venture backed startup with a development team of 30+ and this was a product pivot for their business, so we integrated with their team to lead product with the pivot and delivered a full product roadmap, designs, and prototype in 30 days.

Lenny App
Product Roadmapping, Design Sprint

The Lenny team came to us with a challenge to design and create an entirely new user interface. We went through a branding exercise the team, conducted a design sprint, and created both mobile and desktop experiences that have gone on to win Fintech recognition, awards, and also showcase at notable events such as SXSW.

"We needed a simple and clean interface and Thinkbox precisely delivered what we were looking for." -Joe Bayen CEO, Lenny Credit