“Leaf is the next generation music experience. A social network that combines music, community and commerce; giving fans a direct way to discover, connect and support the artists behind the music they love.”
Through our work with Campus North, we were introduced to the team at Leaf, a music-tech startup launched in Costa Rica in 2014. The Leaf team truly are a worldwide operation reaching millions of music-loving users in cities such as Mexico City, London, Istanbul, NYC and LA.
CEO Gilbert Coralles spoke recently at Newcastle Startup Week, stating that they had a number of offers to be headquartered in various cities, but chose Newcastle because of it’s potential.
“When we first came to the UK, we came to London, and through the people we met, we found out about this place called Newcastle. In many ways it reminded me of being back in Costa Rica because of it’s potential, we could see a lot of things happening and we really wanted to be a part of that.”
Having been here for around 2 years, Leaf had outgrown their current space and were in search for somewhere that would allow them to scale their business into the future.
“We’ve had offers to move to other places, but we like it here.” – Gilbert Coralles, CEO, Leaf Music.
Through an initial conversation, we focused on Leaf’s core requirements;
1. A Fibre broadband 80/20 connection that would support around 20 people.
2. A wifi solution, allowing for remote access for both guests and staff.
3. Local Support, 7 days a week.
One of the key themes throughout our conversations with the guys at Leaf was scalability. Having one eye on the future needs of the business was key to any solution that we provided.
Through our initial investigations, we highlighted that a new line would also be required to support the new connection, as there were no active lines in the new office.
We explored possibilities of a leased line directly into the building but as a startup, it was more cost effective, however, to choose a fibre 80/20 connection, keeping costs to a minimum initially with the potential to add a leased line should their team need to grow quickly.
Since going live in their new space, we have been able to provide Leaf with further Wifi solutions, by addressing wifi dead spots within the office. This has ensured that all users get a more consistent connection throughout.
What The Client Said…
‘As a start-up business with a high regard for ethical standards, we were very keen to engage with local experts. We wanted to have a local support team and have the confidence that, if there were to be any issues, we would have someone available on site to help us out in a short timeframe.
From the very first meeting that we had to discuss the scope of the engagement, we found Call27 to be a perfect fit for Leaf. They were clearly experts in their field and gave first class and real world advice to us. They didn’t overpromise and underdeliver, they told us straight from the outset what our costs would be and what options we had. When, due to a third party, we faced delays, they were clear and precise when informing us of the issues and worked trendy to ensure that there were no outages as a result,
The support team have been first class and you definitely get the feeling that you have experts on hand should anything go wrong.
I would not hesitate to recommend the Call27 team to anyone looking for broadband, wifi solutions or business connectivity.
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