Start-Ups.Co editorial team interviewed Mrs. ‘Julia Ko’; Founder of the United States (California)-based start-up “Mobile United”.
“Mobile United” offers Unlimited Talk On The Biggest Nationwide Networks for extremely competitive rates.
Below is the full interview that we have conducted with Mrs. ‘Ko’ regarding her start-up company ”Mobile United”;
1. What is it exactly that you do and what “Mobile United” is all about?
Mobile United offers a new approach to cell phone service. Mobile United has created an opportunity to offer extremely low cost cell phone service that can save users as much as $800 per year, without changing networks. Our extensive infrastructure on the back-end and self-service platform keeps costs low and we pass those savings on to the consumer.
2. When has “Mobile United” been founded? And what stage is “Mobile United” currently at?
SurePod was founded in 2011. The technology and infrastructure built over the last two years is being used by Mobile United. Mobile United was created in October 2012 and is launching to the public on October 29th with a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo. The campaign is available at www.indiegogo.com/projects/mobile-united-the-world-s-first-crowd-powered-cell-phone-service.
3. What is “Mobile United”‘s business model and how does it work?
By paying a nominal membership fee that supports Mobile United, members can access the wholesale rates that Mobile United has negotiated. The payments that members make for their cell phone service cover Mobile United’s costs.
We take a community-oriented approach to business, making our members the core of how we do business.
4. How did your team meet? And who in your team does what?
A mutual friend, who worked at Oracle introduced us at his wife’s birthday party. He and Steve, my co-founder had known each other for over a decade. He mentioned Steve wanted to build a technology business from the ground up. Going through his career over BBQ at the party, I was impressed with his years of leading teams, operational efficiencies, exceptional problem solving skills and ability to bootstrap.
At Mobile United, Steve leads technology development, operations, fine tunes product and finance. Julia creates new products, electronic manufacturing, manages carrier relationships and helps maintain the ecosystem that brings hardware to life.
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?
Major cell phone networks have high overhead, ranging from infrastructure and personnel to massive marketing expenses (including naming the occasional stadium). Mobile United’s approach allows us to keep our users’ costs to a minimum.
We are an exclusively online experience and users can manage their entire account through an online portal.