Describe the company – the elevator pitch …
Manipulist by Engify Ltd is a free web-based text and list manipulator and scraper, which allows any user to perform multiple actions on the same input text in 3 easy steps.
— Manipulist (@manipulistHQ) October 27, 2016
How are you different?
In the digital world, text and lists are everywhere. Despite that, most text editors and text manipualtion web apps allow users to perform only a single action per time. In this way, the user has to perform multiple clicks, wait for an action to complete before going to the next one and sometimes even wasting time finding the right action which can be hidden somewhere between the tons of actions a text editor can perform.
Manipulist has a friendly user-interface which allows anyone to perform multiple actions on the same input file in 3 easy steps:
1) insert or paste text or load a text file;
2) choose as many actions as you wish from a clear and intuitive table which stores all the possible actions to be performed, and run the sequence of actions;
3) check the output file, copy it to clipboard or export it as text file.
In the digital era, text and lists are everywhere…deal with them in the right way!
— Manipulist (@manipulistHQ) October 15, 2016
Why will the company / product do well?
In a world which is moving at an incredible fast pace and where technology has advanced tremendously in few years, still there is the lack of simple and useful tools which can increase the productivity of many people, particularly non-tech users.
Text and list manipulation is an area which can still be improved, and Manipulist aims to provide a good solution to increase productivity in this area.
It has also some valuable features such as being web-based (no installation required and accessible everywhere), is in continuous expansion (new features and improvements are planned on monthly basis ), it has a friendly user interface to make it usable by non-tech people at the first time of usage and, most important, it’s free!.
Youtube Video expaining the app
Where are you based?
We are based in Cardiff, UK.
When was the company launched?
Engiweb Ltd was founded in September 2016. Manipulist was officially launched the 18th September 2016. The aim is to constantly improve the app by adding new useful functionalities, so any feedback or suggestion is welcome!
What have been your biggest wins to date?
Despite the young age, Manipulist was selected as ALPHA startup at WebSummit in Lisbon, Portugal, from 8th to 10th November. WebSummit is considered the best tech startup exhibition of the world, with 50,000 presences expected this year. This achievement proved that this simple idea has a lot of potential and can bring benefits to many people.
What type of people (market segment) are you trying to attract to your product?
Professionals (managers, accountants, lawyers, marketing persons), developers and students could be the one which benefit most from Manipulist.
But, at the end, everyone has to deal with text and list manipulation sooner or later 🙂
32 of the best productivity tools you'll ever need. 33 should be Manipulist 🙂 https://t.co/tiqM4QBVU1
— Manipulist (@manipulistHQ) October 19, 2016
Tell us about your team?
Christian Carestia, founder and MD:
Christian received a master in Mechanical Engineering at University College Dublin (Ireland).
He became project manager of an Italian wave energy project called Giar-Tech in 2012, which was awarded by an Italian start-up competition and gain national visibility.
In 2015 he was project manager and web developer of MathFem3DP, a web-based computer-aided engineering software which was accelerated by Fabulous, a FIWARE accelerator supported by the European Commission. The project was selected among the top 25 of over 50 startups which joined the programme.
In 2016 he moved to Wales where, in September, he founded Engiweb Ltd and launched Manipulist few days after.
What are you long term plans for your product / company?
Adding new features, expecially improving the capabilities over tabulated data, and expanding the potential of the app by providing file storage and collaboration.
What are your favourite tech gadgets?
Just bought a new 10” tablet and I like it!
What tech gadgets do you wish you could use to help you?
An electric car and smart appliances, all connected to my new tablet 🙂
Anything else you’d like to add / we should have asked?
As Manipulist is trying to add improvements on a monthly basis, suggestions and feedbacks are very welcome in order to make it a really valuable app for the largest number of users as possible.
Also, if anyone is frequently using Manipulist and wants to provide a testimonial, it would be possible to feature it also in one of Manipulist future blog posts.
How do people get in touch with you?
Founder & MD