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nspHire : Job Search App

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We had an interesting chat with Mr. “Rasheen Carbin”, CMO at the US based start-up “nspHire”

Below is the interview we conducted with him:

 

1. What is it exactly that you do and what your start-up is all about? 

nspHire is a job search app that directly connects candidates with hiring managers and recruiters. You get to go beyond a job board and connect with an actual person. It combines the Tinder UX with the Linkedin API. It’s Tinder for jobs.

2. When has your startup been founded? And what stage is your startup currently at?

Our company was formed in February of 2014. Our product launched in Google Play on 10/16/14. Our iOS followed 3 weeks later. We’re an early stage start-up.

3. What is your startup’s business model and how does it work?

If both the candidate and company swipe right(indicating that there’s mutual interest), then a chat window can be opened. The employer pays 99 cents for each candidate with whom they’d like to speak. There’s also a $200 unlimited monthly option. For candidates, it’s completely free.

4. How did your team meet? And who in your team does what?

Two of our team met in college at Georgetown University. Our third member we met through our previous start-up, MBA Project Search. We helped him find a remote consulting project with a U.S. company while he lived in Slovenia.

5. What, exactly, makes you different from existing options, what will make your product and/or service stand out in the marketplace? In other words what’s unique about you and what’s new about what you make?

Direct connection and chat distinguishes us from a job board. They also do a disservice to each side of the equation. Candidates have no idea if a person gets to see their résumé and employers get inundated with far too many résumés.

6. What is your growth like? And what milestones has your startup achieved so far?

We are adding about 200 users each week, for both iOS and Android. So far we’ve passed the 5000 download milestone. Our next goal is to reach 10,000 downloads.

7. Who are your competitors? And what is your start-up’s competitive advantage over them?

In addition to job boards and aggregators like Careerbuilder, Monster and Indeed, we have other “Tinder for jobs” competitors: Jobr, Blonk, Switch, Swipe Jobs, just to name a few. There are also various networking apps. Of course, there’s also LinkedIn, the leader in the space.

8. What obstacles did you face and how did you overcome them?

Our greatest obstacle is getting recruiters and HR people to begin using mobile technology. We’re still getting over this obstacle, but in order to speed up the process we’ve targeted younger people in those professions and through social media, formed relationships with recruiters.

9. What are the key things about your field that outsiders don’t understand?

Outsiders don’t understand how the job search process works from the employer side. An employer spends about 6 seconds on their initial scan of your résumé. Since they have to make it through so many résumés, initially, they are looking to eliminate candidates rather than look for the perfect fit.

10. Why are you going to succeed?

We’re going to succeed through technology that is superior to our competitors and a greater understanding of our customer. Finally, we’re also going to focus on a completely integrated marketing plan that includes both online and offline elements.

11. If your startup succeeds, what additional areas might you be able to expand into?

If we succeed, we will most likely license the app to other companies or schools who either don’t currently have a job board or app. We could also create an enterprise version.

12. Why did you choose this idea and concept to build your start-up based on?

Our previous start-up, MBA Project Search, connected MBAs with companies for short-term consulting projects. We were very good at sourcing candidates and still have the largest MBA database out there. Unfortunately, we were not as good at getting projects. Management consulting depends upon having a strong network in order to get substantial projects. We didn’t have that sort of network.

13. What have you learned so far from launching your idea?

We’ve learned that there’s quite a distance between a great idea and a great company. If you’re going to turn a great idea into a great company, then you need have a clear vision of who you want to be. You can’t be all things to all people.

14. Six months from now, what’s going to be your biggest problem?

Our biggest problem will trying to raise money in order to scale. Raising money can be a paradoxical. Companies that don’t need money are the most attractive to company. Additionally, funding is hard to on a part-time basis. Someone needs to own that process and be working on it full-time.

15. What’s the benefit for the customer/user?

The benefit is that you stand a better chance of finding a job through our app than you would with a job board. You’re also able to scroll through jobs and candidates easily merely by swiping right or left on your mobile device.

16. How did customers / users find out about you?

We’ve received a tremendous amount of press in major publications Also, our database of MBAs was very receptive to the idea. Finally, reaching out to folks on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn has created further awareness.

17. Who are your current customers / users? Who are your target customers / users?

Our current and target users are millennials(people 18-34). They are mobile-friendly and early adopters. They’re also very familiar with Tinder. On the employer side, we’re targeting younger recruiters and HR managers. They’re generally less technology averse than their older counterparts.

18. Where do new customers / users come from and what makes new customers/users try you?

New customers come through word of mouth, social media and advertising. We’ve also have run a giveaway. New customers try us because using as many channels to find jobs make sense.

19. What do your customers / users say about your product and/or service?

Our users are thrilled at the ease of use of the app. They also enjoy the fact that you need not be using the app to search for jobs. We use push notifications to let candidates know that an employer likes their profile.

20. How are you going to scale?

We’ll scale through a greater spend on advertising and more face to face with HR people at conferences and symposiums. HR and recruiters aren’t always early adopters of new tools, they will need to be convinced in a high touch fashion.

21. What’s the biggest missing feature? The one thing customers/users keep asking for?

Our biggest missing feature is the ability to invite contacts from your various address books. Some users have also said that they would prefer an email rather than a push notification.

22. Are you going to internationalize? And if yes how are you planning to expand your start-up’s operations accordingly?

We’re already international. We have a number of users in Europe, particularly Italy. The app is easily localized to different country’s language. Our strategy will be to expand country by country.

23. How big do you think you can get? Why? And how you are planning to achieve your goals?

The worldwide recruiting/staffing industry is $300 billion and growing. We need only grab a tenth of a percent of that to have a very large company.

24. Are you looking to hire a new workforce? And if yes, what job vacancies do you currently offer and where can potential applicants contact you at?

We’re looking for marketing and web development interns that can assist with business development and maintaining our site. Potential candidates can contact me at rasheen@nsphire.com.

25. Are you looking for partnership opportunities or funding from Venture Capitals (VC) or other funding sources? Or your business is self-sustainable? And if the first option applies where can potential partners / investors contact you at?

We’re currently negotiating a partnership agreement. We’re also beginning the fundraising process. Potential partners can email me at rasheen@nsphire.com.

26. What advice do you have for fresh entrepreneurs?

Start creating relationships with the press and potential investors months before launch. Also, be willing to pivot based on customer feedback, rather than egotistically stay the course. All business plans change.

Fitnescity : Allows Users To Connect With Personal Trainers

http://www.fitnescity.com/

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We had an interesting chat with Ms. “Leila Zemrani”, Founder and CEO  of the New York – US based start-up “Fitnescity”

Below is the interview we conducted with him:

1. What is it exactly that you do and what your start-up is all about?

We are a peer-to-peer platform that allows users to connect with top personal trainers. Our goal is to open the “gym business” to a whole new world of opportunities:

We bring our users personalized, affordable quality workouts, by connecting them directly with qualified personal trainers, fitness instructors, athletes, and professional dancers in their area.

2. When has your startup been founded? And what stage is your startup currently at?

The start-up was founded in August 2014 and we are now completing the phase where we tested the model. We are now ready to expand and scale.
The initial scaling phase that we are working on right now is New York.

3. What is your startup’s business model and how does it work?

We have a uber/airbnb like business model. We connect trainers with users we charge a transaction fee.
For trainers, the value is in helping them decrease their customer acquisition cost, and therefore expand their network of clients. For our users, we bring convenience (ability to book and pay online) and transparency (ability to write and/or read reviews). Most importantly, we allow users to enjoy the benefits of personal training, without the burden of a gym membership.

4. How did your team meet? And who in your team does what?

We are two founders about 2 years ago through a friend who connected us.

- First Co-founder: MIT Sloan MBA, Mines-Telecom Paris undergrad, 2nd time start-up founder, background in management consulting.
- Second Co-founder: Stanford post-doc, Brown PhD, Computer Science- Data visualization.

5. What, exactly, makes you different from existing options, what will make your product and/or service stand out in the marketplace? In other words what’s unique about you and what’s new about what you make?

We believe that gyms are charging users way too much: Whether you exercise or not, you are paying for fancy facilities and expensive gym equipment, which you probably don’t even use that much.
We believe that quality personal training should be convenient and affordable.
In other words, what makes us unique is that we are bringing the traditionally high fixed costs of the gym business to a level close to zero.

6. What is your growth like? And what milestones has your startup achieved so far?

We have been able to attract a decent amount of trainers and users to our website. The goal at that stage was to test the model.
We are self-funded, and the next phase for us now will be to gain significant traffic and exposure, before raising a first round of funding.

7. Who are your competitors? And what is your start-up’s competitive advantage over them?

Thumstack:
All our trainers are pre-screened. We interview and train with ALL of our trainers. As a result, we have a much higher control over the quality of the trainers present on our platform.
Gyms:
We only offer private and personalized training. We want our users to workout in a healthy and disciplined manner. We also want to reduce the injuries that typically happen when a person is not working out properly.
As mentioned before, we do not ‘lock’ our customers in memberships.

8. What obstacles did you face and how did you overcome them?

Changing habits is one of the main obstacles that we are constantly trying to overcome.
Whether it is to encourage people to exercise and live healthier.

9. What are the key things about your field that outsiders don’t understand?

The gym business has been following the same business model since its inception. Users are now looking for an on-demand, convenient, quality fitness experience.

10. Why are you going to succeed?

As a team, we are a good mix of business and engineering skills. One of the founders is also passionate about fitness. As a dance instructor herself, she’s also an avid user of fitness products and services.
11. If your startup succeeds, what additional areas might you be able to expand into?

The service will soon allow users to track their progress. This will include the number of classes taken vs. goals, as well as a reminder of what they need to do to achieve their weekly / monthly goals. This will also include fitness data, and recommendations based on previous behavior and results.

Also, based on what we heard from our customers, we are already thinking about expanding to new areas in the future: private lessons in arts (e.g. music, theater.. ) and sciences.

12. Why did you choose this idea and concept to build your start-up based on?

The idea was born from a personal need. I wanted to be able to get personal training from qualified trainers, and across different disciplines (e.g. strength training and Dance) without having to belong to a gym and pay a monthly membership. On the other, I found it difficult to find a reliable source when it comes to trainers and their qualifications. I would like to be able to read (and trust) the trainer’s profile and reviews, just like I would do on Airbnb before booking a room.

13. What have you learned so far from launching your idea?

I have learned that the key is to listen to your customers and act on it.
As a big fitness enthusiast, I am passionate about our company and its mission. Therefore, it is very tempting for me to assume that users will like our services / features as much as I do. Testing the service and listening to customers as they’re talking about their experience, while saying as little as possible (or nothing, if possible) is the key.

14. Six months from now, what’s going to be your biggest problem?

Our biggest challenge over the next 6 months will be to grow the service as fast as possible, while maintaining a very high quality customer experience.

15. What’s the benefit for the customer/user?

For our users, Fitnescity brings convenience (ability to book and pay online) and transparency (ability to write and/or read reviews). Most importantly, we allow users to enjoy the benefits of personal training, without having to bear the cost of a gym membership: You only pay when you exercise. Last but not least, the service will soon allow users to track their progress (number of classes taken vs. goals + fitness data) .

16. How did customers / users find out about you?

New customers / users come from social media. This includes Facebook, Twitter, etc. We also have a few people coming from websites such as Yelp.
However, we found friend recommendations to be very powerful, especially when someone invites a friend to a class. We also made these friend invites possible through Facebook, and it therefore gives us even more exposure on the social network.

17. Who are your current customers / users? Who are your target customers / users?

Our current customers are busy working professionals in New York. They are predominantly female in their thirties and forties.

Our target customers are the same, although we would like our customer base to have a higher percentage of males.
18. Where do new customers / users come from and what makes new customers/users try you?

New customers / users come from social media. This includes Facebook, Twitter, etc. We also have a few people coming from websites such as Yelp.
However, we found friend recommendations to be very powerful, especially when someone invites a friend to a class. We also made these friend invites possible through Facebook, and it therefore gives us even more exposure on the social network.

19. What do your customers / users say about your product and/or service?

Users typically like the convenience. They also like the fact that they can “trust” the trainers, when using the Fitnescity platform.

Users also like the possibility of inviting a friend to workout using Fitnescity. It generally makes them more motivated to workout, not to mention that it brings down the cost.
20. How are you going to scale?

We plan on replicating the same model in other major cities of the United States.
In addition to that, we will potentially expand outside of the US, to cover major cities in the world.

21. What’s the biggest missing feature? The one thing customers/users keep asking for?

We would like to have trainers update their profiles themselves, as well as track their schedule and revenue on a daily/weekly/monthly basis, all through Fitnescity.

22. Are you going to internationalize? And if yes how are you planning to expand your start-up’s operations accordingly?

It is something that we have discussed internally as a team, and this would be the next step after our U.S. expansion. The idea will be to cover major cities in the world.

23. How big do you think you can get? Why? And how you are planning to achieve your goals?

We think we can scale quite a lot and fast, as we have very low fixed costs, and we bring value to both the trainers and the customers. We are planning to achieve this by building a solid presence in the New York first. Based on this experience, we’ll expand geographically to cover other cities in the U.S (and potentially outside of the US).

24. Are you looking to hire a new workforce? And if yes, what job vacancies do you currently offer and where can potential applicants contact you at?

We are looking for another engineer (developer). We are also constantly looking to expand our list of trainers.
For both roles, candidates can reach us through our website, and/or our social media channels.

Trainers can submit their profiles here http://www.fitnescity.com/trainer-application/

25. Are you looking for partnership opportunities or funding from Venture Capitals (VC) or other funding sources? Or your business is self-sustainable? And if the first option applies where can potential partners / investors contact you at?

We are looking to raise a first round of funding very soon, in order to expand our presence in New York.

Potential partners can contact us through our website and / or social media and email accounts.

26. What advice do you have for fresh entrepreneurs?

Do something you are passionate about. You will be spending a LOT of time on it. At the same time, don’t let that passion prevent you from listening to your customers, and challenging your own ideas.

PhotoAppeal : Collaboration Between Photographers and Charities

http://www.photofoundation.org/

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We had an interesting chat with Mr. “Tiberiu Ciocirlie”, Community Manager – of the London – UK based start-up “PhotoAppeal”

Below is the interview we conducted with him:

1. What is it exactly that you do and what your start-up is all about?

PhotoAppeal is a new service that encourages collaborations between photographers and charities, giving photographers the opportunity to use their images for good causes, and helping charities find the best image without spending on stock images.

2. When has your startup been founded? And what stage is your startup currently at?

PhotoAppeal was recently launched on 28th October 2014. Before going live, the platform was fully tested over 2 months with help from two of our charity partners. During this time we resolved any performance issues and made small enhancements, the service now being fully functional.

3. What is your startup’s business model and how does it work?

PhotoAppeal is a social business that harnesses the power of images to generate support and engagement for our client organisations. We work with clients to design and run digital strategies and campaigns that get target communities creating and contributing photos; and we have an online platform for campaign generation, storing, accessing and using those photos in furtherance of our clients’ objectives.

4. How did your team meet? And who in your team does what?

PhotoAppeal is part of a bigger project, photofoundation – an online image bank that focuses entirely on charities, providing them with free stock-quality imagery for their campaigns.
photofoundation was founded in 2011 by Javier Garcia, and our growing team now comprises a community manager, a project manager, a graphic designer and a web developer.

5. What, exactly, makes you different from existing options, what will make your product and/or service stand out in the marketplace? In other words what’s unique about you and what’s new about what you make?

PhotoAppeal is unique in many aspects: we focus on charity and non-profit organisations, giving them the ability to request specific graphic material for their marketing collateral. Additionally, our photographic community contributes with great images, knowing that their work will be used for good causes.

6. What is your growth like? And what milestones has your startup achieved so far?

The launch of PhotoAppeal was quickly followed by a positive response from both charities and contributors. We were excited to see that, only two days after launch, we had received 8 different image requests from 6 charity partners, over 60 images were uploaded for the requests and 9 new charities signed up to photofoundation.

7. Who are your competitors? And what is your start-up’s competitive advantage over them?

We don’t have direct competitors as we are the only service that sources stock imagery for charities and non-profits. Our competitors would be Corbis, Shutterstock, Getty Images or other stock imagery sites, however these are not directly aimed towards charities and non-profits.

8. What obstacles did you face and how did you overcome them?

Our biggest obstacles were making people understand that we are all about good causes, and that our service is completely free for charities. Some thought it was ‘too good to be true’, but we managed to clarify this through SEO and several campaigns carried out across social media platforms.

9. What are the key things about your field that outsiders don’t understand?

We are encouraging people to share their images as well as their stories, because we believe the two are more powerful together. We want to create connections between people and charities.

10. Why are you going to succeed?

PhotoAppeal will be successful because of its unique features and our aim to support good causes. We give everyone the chance to support good causes without having to donate money, instead by doing something they enjoy: taking photographs.

11. If your startup succeeds, what additional areas might you be able to expand into?

We want to expand to an international scale – so far we are supporting over 80 UK-based charities, but in future we want to make our service available globally.

12. Why did you choose this idea and concept to build your start-up based on?

PhotoAppeal is a unique service, allowing charities to request imagery directly from the photographic community. Because of the lack of similar services we decided to focus on this concept, combining photography and good causes, to support charities and help them connect with users and image contributors.

13. What have you learned so far from launching your idea?

Through PhotoAppeal we have learned that effective collaborations can form between charities and contributors, who feel great knowing that their work helped good causes. This is why we let our contributors know every time a charity uses their images.

14. Six months from now, what’s going to be your biggest problem?

We expect that high volumes of image requests and photos uploaded will pose the biggest challenge, since we verify content personally. We’re preparing for this already and anticipate that we may have to expand our team.

15. What’s the benefit for the customer/user?

Our users are given the opportunity to support good causes by doing something they love. They can share their images for charities to use or they can buy images from our image bank, with 65% of the profit going to charity.

16. How did customers / users find out about you?

Initially through Orange’s ‘Do Some Good’ volunteering app, which had great impact. We continue to raise our profile through social media and Flickr outreach, and our charity partners spread the word about us through their channels.

17. Who are your current customers / users? Who are your target customers / users?

Our users have an interest in photography, in the charity sector or, in many cases, both. Most importantly, our users want to do good, and they can support causes through their photography work, or by buying images for their projects and personal use.

18. Where do new customers / users come from and what makes new customers/users try you?

We have received great contributions from Flickr, which is a great photography community. Apart from offering photographers a rewarding way to support good causes through their work, PhotoAppeal is a competition, where the charity decides on the winning image for their request. This image will be used in the charity’s campaign, generating good publicity for the photographer.

19. What do your customers / users say about your product and/or service?

We receive overwhelmingly positive feedback from our users, usually followed by new image uploads, which is great. Charities are thankful for the images shared and often promote us on their networks.

20. How are you going to scale?

PhotoAppeal already receives a lot of attention from both our users and charities. Each time a new charity registers, we expand our reach to their community as well. Our aim is to go global, we are considering a partnership with a stock image bank that would help us sell the images and raise funds for charity.

21. What’s the biggest missing feature? The one thing customers/users keep asking for?

That would be the ability to support charities on an international scale. We verify each registered charity individually, and for this reason we are only accepting charities from the United Kingdom for the moment.

22. Are you going to internationalize? And if yes how are you planning to expand your start-up’s operations accordingly?

By finding the best process to verify the authenticity of charities abroad, we hope to expand internationally. We are glad to help, but we need to ensure our support goes to charity and other good causes.

23. How big do you think you can get? Why? And how you are planning to achieve your goals?

We are aiming as high as possible, and we see ourselves as the ‘major image bank for charity’. Having a well-defined, and well-intentioned, purpose, we want to make people aware of what we do and encourage them to contribute through photography – either buying or sharing images.

24. Are you looking to hire a new workforce? And if yes, what job vacancies do you currently offer and where can potential applicants contact you at?

For the moment our team is well configured, but I would recommend keeping an eye on our blog www.photofoundation.org/blog. In the context of expanding our platform, new vacancies will be posted in the News section.

25. Are you looking for partnership opportunities or funding from Venture Capitals (VC) or other funding sources? Or your business is self-sustainable? And if the first option applies where can potential partners / investors contact you at?

We are open to partnerships and also planning to release charitable projects that would require external funding. Drop us a line at community@photofoundation.org for further information.

26. What advice do you have for fresh entrepreneurs?

To follow their instinct, find a niche and start from there. Technology surrounds us and we need to make the most out of it. We have been able to prove that technology can be successfully used for good causes, making it a great, reliable tool.

27. Finally, do you have any other comments that you would like to add?

It was a pleasure taking the interview and I am looking forward to review it on your website.

MassivBrand : New Innovative Home Technology

http://www.massivbrand.com/

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We had an interesting chat with Ms. “Michelle Bair”, Owner – of the Arizona – US based start-up “MassivBrand”

Below is the interview we conducted with him:

1. What is it exactly that you do and what your start-up is all about?

Massiv Brand offers new innovative technology that is changing the way homeowners are enjoying their homes and televisions, we have joking referred to it as “The Marriage Saver!” Our In-Mirror TVs are custom built in the USA and hand crafted out of solid wood, they are a gorgeous custom framed mirror when off and a crystal clear television when on. We also specialize in: Barn Doors, Mirrors, Bulletin Boards, Chalkboards, and Whiteboards!

2. When has your startup been founded? And what stage is your startup currently at?

Our company started in 2011 providing imported solid wood oversized mirrors and bulletin boards and has evolved from there. We are now trying to reach new clients across the country.

3. What is your startup’s business model and how does it work?

When we first started Aaron went on a drive through the entire state of California and Arizona going store to store showing our frame profiles to anyone and everyone. Now that we have reps across the country we are focusing on finding stores, designers, builders, consumers, and bloggers…

4. How did your team meet? And who in your team does what?

The team at Massiv is very small and intimate, it’s a husband and wife team with support from local finishers and workers when needed. Aaron runs the shop; conceptualizing, designing, building, perfecting and so much more each of our products. While Michelle runs the office (the boring part) keeping the books and running all the social media.

5. What, exactly, makes you different from existing options, what will make your product and/or service stand out in the marketplace? In other words what’s unique about you and what’s new about what you make?

Massiv Brand excels at planning and designing TV’s, custom fitting them into your project. With customizable options including: any brand TV, motorized sound bar(s), component cabinet, auto tilt and so much more! Add to that that all of our products are hand crafted and custom made from solid wood in the USA, something that is so rare in this day and age. Also you can mix different products throughout your home that compliment each other and your home decor.

6. What is your growth like? And what milestones has your startup achieved so far?

Our growth has been slow but steady, now that we are reaching more people via social media and through reps, dealers, designers, etc we are growing faster with each day. We have many clients that say we’ve loved your products since your launch and love each new piece you’ve designed since.

7. Who are your competitors? And what is your start-up’s competitive advantage over them?

Designers have been trying to hide TVs since they become a common necessity in every household. There are other companies that offer their solution to hiding the TV but none offer a solid wood 100% customizable product like Massiv Brand does. Plus our other products help designers to bring more options to their clients.

8. What obstacles did you face and how did you overcome them?

Switching from importing to domestic made products required many hours of R&D. Now that we’ve perfected our products we are now focusing on growth, with an occasional tweak to how we build or design.

9. What are the key things about your field that outsiders don’t understand?

The hardiest thing so far has been working with people that haven’t had a chance to see our products in person and struggle to visualize it in their space while placing an order.

10. Why are you going to succeed?

Can I just say because we are? But seriously thats a tough question, I’d say we are going to succeed because every person that has seen our products is amazed and they tell us we’re going to go the distance.

11. If your startup succeeds, what additional areas might you be able to expand into?

We have already evolved so much in the last few years with each new concept opening our minds to yet another new concept, it will be exciting to see where we can go next.

12. Why did you choose this idea and concept to build your start-up based on?

Years ago we were building a house and wanted large, hallway sized, framed bulletin boards and couldn’t find them in any store so we had to have them custom made. Fast forward a few years and we realized that people want large, well made, custom framed products but without the wait. We found that niche and tried to fill it which is lead us to another and another…

13. What have you learned so far from launching your idea?

We’ve learned that there are many things you can plan for and many more things that will just pop up and surprise you when starting a company. The latter seems to be where all your growth and knowledge comes from.

14. Six months from now, what’s going to be your biggest problem?

A welcomed problem in six months would be too many orders and too small of a space and too few hands to produce them. But we are ready and excited for that amount of growth!

15. What’s the benefit for the customer/user?

As I mentioned before “The Marriage Saver” allows the husband to have his TV and the wife to have her well designed room and/or the homeowners to have their TVs and the designer to have a well planned, gorgeous, functioning room. Its a win win for everybody!

16. How did customers / users find out about you?

Many of our customers have found us through word of mouth, no amount of advertising can replace a happy and satisfied customer. Other ways we have reached out to customers is via social media and participating in things like the Utah Valley Home Parades.

17. Who are your current customers / users? Who are your target customers / users?

Our current customers are a varied group that includes: home owners, interior designers, custom builders, home automation integrators, stores and more. We would really like to have more designers, builders and integrators but really our products fit with so many different trades that we are happy with any and all of them.

18. Where do new customers / users come from and what makes new customers/users try you?

Recently many new customers have come from referrals, Houzz or they found us a few weeks or months ago at a trade show or online and are now ready to place an order.

19. What do your customers / users say about your product and/or service?

Stealing from one of our Houzz reviews, “Let’s just say the first time I saw a MASSIV mirror I immediately went home and started picking a spot for one of my very own. Now I have three… They are, by far, one of the most complimented decor pieces in my home. They are substantial and of the utmost quality. The colors and styles are perfect for any decor style. I have been thrilled with [mine] and have referred friends and family who have also purchased from MASSIV for their homes.”

20. How are you going to scale?

 We have a few items that we offer now that have patents pending on them and a few more even more exciting and groundbreaking yet to come! We are never fully satisfied with our products we are always looking for ways to make them better for our customers.

21. What’s the biggest missing feature? The one thing customers/users keep asking for?

Honestly we haven’t had clients request anything from us that we won’t try our hardest to provide for them. Thats the beautiful thing with our company, we will customize almost anything for our clients.

22. Are you going to internationalize? And if yes how are you planning to expand your start-up’s operations accordingly?

We would love to travel the world and see our products in hotel lobbies and rooms, some day hopefully that will happen. For now we are happy to work with our current customer base and learn and grow before going international.

23. How big do you think you can get? Why? And how you are planning to achieve your goals?

We would love to grow our humble family business into a large corporation with a “family” of workers, and we will someday. For us the sky is the limit as long as customers still want mirrors or TVs than we have a client base and with our continual growth and evolution of products we will strive to fill whatever future niches there might be.

24. Are you looking to hire a new workforce? And if yes, what job vacancies do you currently offer and where can potential applicants contact you at?

We would love to grow our work force but at this time we are not looking for any new workers. When we do start hiring we will need skilled woodworkers, finishers, and other labourers.

25. Are you looking for partnership opportunities or funding from Venture Capitals (VC) or other funding sources? Or your business is self-sustainable? And if the first option applies where can potential partners / investors contact you at?

If the right person/company comes along and offers the right type of funding options we might be open to it, never close a door to options. We can reached by phone or email.

26. What advice do you have for fresh entrepreneurs?

I came across an article once and these tips are what stood out to me:
1. Communicate well, and be easy to get a hold of.
2. Do what you say, when you say you’ll do it. Follow-through is key!
3. Respond to emails and phone calls.
4. Stay innovative and creative.
5. Challenge yourself.
6. Don’t give up. Things in business don’t happen easily, or immediately.

27. Finally, do you have any other comments that you would like to add?  

 Send us an email or message us on social media, we’d love to hear from you!

Needls : Get Notified of Leads in Real Time

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We had an interesting chat with Mr. “Justin Hartzman”, Founder and CEO – of the Toronto – Canada based start-up “Needls.”

Below is the interview we conducted with him:

1- What is it exactly that you do and what your start-up is all about?

 

Along with my partners Jeremy Poriah and Michael Koral, I’m one of the co-founders of needls.com. I’m also the company’s CEO. What needls does is find and deliver targeted relationship-based sales leads in real time to our users. They choose their target keywords (they can come up with their own or choose from amongst our many suggested keywords) and the needls proprietary algorithm scours Twitter and Facebook and finds them potential new customers. Needls users are notified of these leads in real time (or in daily roundup notifications if they prefer) and can then reach out to close a sale long before anyone else is aware of the prospect. To sum it up, needls monitors social media networks and alerts you instantly when someone is looking for the kind of services or goods you can provide and allows you to easily contact these prospective clients.

 

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Bankymybiz : Matching Network of Business Owners and Lenders

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We had an interesting chat with Mr. “Nathan DauSchmidt”, COO of the Madison – US based start-up “Bankmybiz”

Below is the interview we conducted with him:

1. What is it exactly that you do and what your start-up is all about?

Bankmybiz.com is a matching network of business owners and lenders. We save business owners time and help get them the financing they need by informing them about which funding products they qualify for and then connecting the business owners directly with local and national lenders.

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BunchCut : Sort Large Volumes of Images Fast

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DisasterDirect : Relief to Families Who Lost Their Homes in Natural Disasters

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GeoSure : Travel Information firm

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Here@ : Find New Friend, Love Interest, or Find a Job

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Classified Post : Online Classfied Ad Website

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AlyaSal : Innovative Conservative Fashion Business

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XCitego : Marketplace For Hotel Stays

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Lapkin : Biodegradable Laptop Keyboard Cover

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Pushstartr : Database Management Platform

[custom_author=Pushstartr] We had an interesting chat with Mr. "Ryan Nutley", CEO of the Ireland based start-up "Pushstartr" Below is the interview we conducted with him: 1. What is it exactly that you do and what your start-up is all … [Continue reading]

ShareWhere : Social Sharing Application

[custom_author=ShareWhere] We had an interesting chat with Mr. "Geoffrey Chan", Founder of the Miami based start-up "ShareWhere" Below is the interview we conducted with him: 1. What is it exactly that you do and what your start-up is all … [Continue reading]

Mekiwi : Easy-To-Use StartUp to Manage Daily Life

[custom_author=Mekiwi] We had an interesting chat with Mr. "Antti Kananen", CEO of the Finland based start-up "Mekiwi" Below is the interview we conducted with her: 1. What is it exactly that you do and what your start-up is all … [Continue reading]

Cheekd : Mobile Dating App

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VetLaunch : Entrepreneur Educational and Crowdfunding Campaign Site

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InsightMedi : Social Network For Healthcare Professionals

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Mekiwi Oy : Finnish Startup To Manage Daily Life

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Ideal Media : Content Distribution for Marketers and Publishers

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Fripito : Up-To-Date Travel Guides

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Link2Feed : Social Purpose business

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Musistic : Music Technology Company

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Buddyinterest : Social Financial Network

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Ostrato cloudSM™ : Cloud Based Services and Applications

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Adlet: Advertising Platform for Bloggers

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Boxagon: Social Commerce Platform

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MinYawns : Minions To Supervillains

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CareerStarter : Online Recruiting Platform

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Soundest : App For E-commerce Email Marketing

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emble : Revolutionary Web App To Arrange Events

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HeadFunder : Social Crowdfunding Platform

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Room In The Moon : Social Travel Website

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Conversion In A Box : Web Based Niche Marketing Tool

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Talk.io A New Way To Meet People

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