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    How to open business registers & public company data in 54 hours
    Presentation by ToonVanagt (@Toon) & Eric Rodriguez (@wavyx) on @openbizbe
    #Twunch2/3/2011 Rooftop terrace cabinet @VincentVQ
    Start-up weekend Brussels 2011
    Startup Weekend is an intense 54 hour event which brings together people with different skillsets - from software developers and graphics designers to business-minded aspiring entrepreneurs - to pitch ideas, form teams, and attempt to transform a mere idea into the beginnings of a viable startup business over the course of a weekend…
  • Public Belgian company data are:
    Scattered over several websites:
    Balanscentrale NBB / Centrale des Bilans BNB (
    Kruispuntbankondernemingen/ (
    BelgischStaatsblad / MoniteurBelge(

    Hard to explore (interface, cookies, pop-ups)
    Hard to share
  • Hard to use: change settings on browser…
  • Heavy legal disclaimers: prison penalties
    Upto5 year of prison for copying data from public registers for commercial use
    ( “Op het misbruik van Public Search staan straffen van vrijheidsberoving vanaf drie maand tot vijf jaar engeldboetes van 25 tot 500 euro”
    Not allowed to redistribute data for free ( “U mag de gegevens niet gratis ter beschikking stellen van derden, behalve als u daarvoor het akkoord heeft van de Beheersdienst van de KBO.”
  • Private data service providers sell structured public data and personal info
  • Why
    Difficult for non-experts to get quick overview about financial and personal information of company stakeholders
    Lack of transparency comparedto many other countries
    Information spread over several sites
    Existing paid models targeted at companies with big data acquisition budgets and information needs
    Diminish risk for SME’s of dealing with wrong suppliers or non paying customers
    Let others experiment with public government data (save tax money)
  • What Would Google Do? (@jeffjarvis)
    Crawl public web sources
    Extract useful data (OCR)
    Structure information
    Offer easy search & fast consolidated results
    Add value with alerts
  • Quick demo: Jean-Claude LogéFormer Manager of the Year and founder of Systemat resigned without press release nor coverage
  • Search & share published records on Twitter & Facebook
    Find local companies (eg: ‘Kortrijk’)
    Find unmarried entrepreneurs (eg ‘mademoiselle ‘ for matchmakingor female entrepreneurial empowerment organisation)
    Find ‘starters’
  • Quote
    Unlike Facebook, there are no privacy options you can set as a Belgian company stakeholder. Government regulation aimsto protect third parties and therefor those who own and manage companies are identifiable on personal level to beaccountable…
  • Useful links &
  • Extra time
    Next slides are for reference and might be used during Q&A
  • « Initial » Business Model
    • Customer Segment
    • SME in Belgium (240.000)
    • Extensible to non-profit organizations
    • Potential revenues
    • Freemium model withsubscription for alerts
    • Pay-per-click for subscriptionalerts « allergic »
    • Costs
    • Cloud infrastructure – minimal operating costs
    • Viral Marketing – no direct sales
    • Partners
    • Economicorganizations
    • Public business curators
    Subscribe for all future documents mentioning a company or stakeholder
    Add “Brice Le Blévennec” to your watchlist
    link to original document
  • Extra time: what about free searchresults but paidalerts?