Ever since Mike Kirkup resigned from his post as Director of Dev Relations at RIM, we have been keeping an eye on what his next career move will be via the Mike Kirkup blog. As of yesterday, Mike has officially revealed what he has been hard at work creating - NextUp Labs.
NextUp Labs provides consulting services for early stage start-ups in the consumer web and mobile space to compliment existing teams. In short, NextUp Labs helps people turn their ideas into great businesses. Mike expands in his introduction:
I for one think this is a great idea as you don't have to fork our big bucks to take the risk in starting your dream business. I couldn't think of anyone more qualified to work with than Mike, as he was responsible for managing the technical relationships and programs for RIM’s developer community worldwide for several years. Mike is also the Director of VeloCity, a University of Waterloo startup incubator. Be sure to follow NextUp Labs on Twitter for updates, and let us know if you become a partner!"I believe entrepreneurs can use a partner who is directly aligned with their interests every step of the way. So, I created NextUp Labs to fill that role. Instead of accepting a fee for service, we want to help companies by sharing in their success through revenue share and equity."