Sometimes, you reach a crossroads in life where the decision you make can have far-reaching consequences. Remko Brilman made one of those crucial career decisions in 2001. Standing in a lift and full of doubt, he used a tried and true method to help him make a decision: he flipped a coin. When it came up heads, he chose tails. He chose to take a risk and left his steady job where he was in line for a promotion to a managerial position at the metalworkers trade association.
Inspired by earlier meetings with the remarkable, green entrepreneur Eckart Wintzen, Remko decided to do what he’s good at: create something from nothing. From his woodland villa, Eckart gave Remko a surge of inspiration with his unique way of thinking and his challenging take on entrepreneurship. He had developed a system for videoconferencing, which Remko has brought to fruition with what Videobutler is today.
Circumstances have brought social entrepreneurship and technology together. Where a problem presented itself, Remko saw a solution: 80% of videoconferences don’t start smoothly. His solution was to supply the technology with a ‘helper’ to ensure hassle-free communications. This ‘helper’ was given a suitable name: Videobutler. As personal assistants, a growing number of Videobutlers were able to effectively offer their services from home. What’s more, working from home came with a range of benefits: no travel time, less impact on the environment and flexible hours.