meet the members | Neil Cocker “I’m a vegetarian, ex-DJ, I have met the queen”

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Part of our colorful member’s portfolio Neil Coocker.

He is a cofounder of RampTshirts.com. This is the quickest, smartest t-shirt site in the world for ordering t-shirts for teams or events. There’s nowhere else that makes it clearer and easier for you to get a price and checkout in under 3 minutes, and that also uses big data to suggest the sizes you might need. Ramp is a merchandise platform for making it easy to create, buy and sell promotional merchandise. They operate a number of different websites, all fulfilled by print partners around the world. But they are currently concentrating on RampTshirts.com.

He moved in Sofia just over 6 months ago. Partly because his business partner is Bulgarian, partly because he needed a change, and partly because reducing his costs left more money in Ramp and this will help them grow. He loves google search and this is how he found us.

How the era of Ramp starts

N.: “We started it in about 2010, with Dizzyjam.com, which currently has 14,000+ users, and nearly 50,000 products. My co-founder Dafydd and I both came from the music industry, and we saw an opportunity to make it easier for bands and DJs to sell merch to their fans. We started working with our Bulgarian partner, Milen, who very quickly became part of the team. We’re a bootstrapped business.

 

Before Ramp

N.: “For a long time I was a DJ that performed in 30 countries around the world, ran a record label that had a UK top ten hit, and have generally been lucky enough to never really have to work for anyone else!”

 

Interesting facts for Neil

N.: “I’m a vegetarian, ex-DJ, who likes running & triathlons. I’ve met the queen, still run the startup community of Europe’s fastest growing capital city (Cardiff, Wales) from 1,400 miles away, and before moving to Sofia I had plans to run 7 offroad marathons in 7 days. Oh, and my Bulgarian is improving *very* slowly.”

 

What about betahaus

N.: “I spent a few days trying out most of the co-working spaces in Sofia, but decided i liked Betahaus the most. I’m a big fan of the cafe, but I also like the pair of chairs at the end of the corridor on the second floor. I like walking towards the co-working space and seeing people sat there, chatting. Here I meet good, friendly people. Nice coffee. And some interesting startups (that I really want to discover more about!).”

And he found himself ridiculous when

N.: “Finding myself DJing again in Betacafe after having “retired” years ago. I was DJing from one CD deck, my laptop, and Spotify on my iPad. It was a real mish-mash of technology, and it maybe wasn’t my most professional work, but I loved doing it.”


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