The Birth of an Idea
“When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” – Henry Ford, founder of Ford Motor Company
I can remember how I (Johannes Mascher) sat on the table of my guest family in England. As rural child the first time on a longer stay abroad in one of the biggest metropolises in the world was just awesome. On this day the weather was beautiful which is not usual in the summer of Great Britain. In this moment I was sitting on the balcony and heard some music with a typical bluetooth speaker. At this point I knew I want to build a bluetooth speaker on my own which has a stunning sound and is also convenient and compact. To get a nice sound it is important that the speaker has a certain size which was one of the biggest problems. I ask myself: “How can i get an awesome music quality without taking a huge speaker with me?” The idea of the resizable bluetooth-speaker system was born and at the same time the Akonus GmbH.
With the new idea I flew back to east tyrol / austria and told my friends about my business idea. We were very convinced in the product and the vision to build a bluetooth-speaker which has a good sound quality and is easy to carry. Unfortunately, we had to take a break, because the A-levels knocked on the door and a solid graduation is a base stone for the future tasks. With the idea in the back of our heads we managed to graduate. Finally we could start in the startup daily routine.
"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962)
To prove our business model we participated on the idea casting of the country tyrol ( 120 seconds ) We introduced our idea to a jury from experienced companies. The first rounds were a real test for us, but we made it into the final and presented our idea to almost 100 people on a big stage. At the end of the day we stood there as winner - we could'nt believe it. This achievement opened us many doors and also the INNOS GmbH invested in us. Through the win of the 120 seconds contest we could qualify us for the big final and won the second place.
In the end of 2018 we founded the Akonus GmbH and at the end of 2019 we moved in our first office the „Inkubator“. Since this time we work with a diverse, young, motivated and funny team to let our vision become true. Our main goal is to build a portable bluetooth-speaker which produces music how it was recorded.