Building an E-commerce Platform Over Text Messaging

building an e commerce platform over text messaging

 

Kate Myers and Kelly O’Malley are co-founders of Shop Or Not, an e-commerce platform that runs on text messaging.

Both ladies worked in the entertainment industry. And they started the company with the desire to build a shopping platform that feels like an intimate relationship. Shop Or Not aspires to be your good friend who texts you the good stuff. In this episode, Kate and Kelly shared their journey on developing a minimal viable product (MVP) and their testing /learning process to find the unique offering of the biz. They also talked about when is the right time to start fundraising and provided insightful tips on how to navigate the startup world as female founders.

“Set your mind to the goal that you truly believe in, and don’t worry about what other people think of you.”

– Kate Myers

 


Shop Or Not

Twitter, Instagram, Facebook


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Soundwise

How to Start A Two-Sided Marketplace

how to start a two-sided marketplace
Stephanie Cox is the founder and CEO of The Level Market, the world’s first online marketplace for humanitarian supply and disaster relief products.

In this episode, Stephanie talked about her journey of starting her platform with the aspiration to be “Amazon for Aid”. She offered insights on the unique challenges of a two-sided marketplace, how to build brand recognition, when to raise money, how to manage the emotional aspects of running a business and how to prioritize tasks.

And if you’re looking to learn and grow as an entrepreneur, you should check out Soundwise. Soundwise aims to offer a wide selection of audio courses in business and personal development, so that you can learn to become a better version of yourself…on the go. Soundwise just released a series of crash courses on how to build a startup. They are sourced from some of the best entrepreneurship classes ever taught at MIT’s Sloan School of Management, taught by real founders who have built successful businesses over and over again. They cover the essential insights you need to start building your business. And the best part, they are free! Go check them out at mysoundwise.com/courses.

“Innovate, stop finding excuses to do business as usual.”

– Stephanie Cox

 


The Level Market

Twitter, Youtube, LinkedIn, Facebook


Reference

Entrepreneurship Crash Courses by Soundwise

Upwork

WebShine

How to Test Your Restaurant Concept with Minimal Cost

Episode 15
Suzanne Simon and Bettina Stern are the co-founders of Chaia, a very popular, fast-casual vegetarian restaurant in Georgetown, DC that features delicious plant-based tacos.

Despite their different professional backgrounds, a common passion for food brought the two lady bosses together. In this interview, Suzanne and Bettina shared their story from food blogging to testing their food at a local farmers’ market, to then building their own vegetarian restaurant together. They talked about how to test the water with a new restaurant concept and what you can do to make yourself stand out in the highly competitive food industry.

“You have to be truly inspired by what you are making.”

– Suzanne Simon

 


Chaia

Location:

3207 Grace St NW
Washington DC 20007
Phone: (202) 333-5222
Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Yelp, Foursquare


Reference

Union Kitchen

Loulies

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How to Find A Market Niche for Your Business by Being You

Episode 14 (1)

My guest today, Geoff Woliner, is Founder and CEO of Winning Wit, a company that specializes in writing and presentation coaching for roasts, wedding speeches, and custom workshops for corporate team-building. With a team of award-winning comedians, Winning Wit helps clients incorporate well-timed humor and storytelling into their communication.

In this interview, Geoff shared his journey from a hobbyist comedian to the creator of a unique service. He talked about how he found that special sweet spot for his business, how to prospect clients and build relationships, and how you can become funnier and more charismatic in your life. We are in for a treat!

“Identify where your sweet spot is, don’t try to be all things to all people.”

– Geoff Woliner

 


Winning Wit

Twitter, LinkedIn

Tel: (571) 800-9191

Email: Geoff@WinningWit.com


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Google Adwords

Bidsketch

Animoto

Ustyled

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How Creativity Can Help You Become A Happier and More Productive Entrepreneur

Monica Kang, creativity

Monica Kang is the founder and CEO of InnovatorsBox®, a company that offers creative educational workshops, services, and products for professionals to learn why creativity is critical, how to integrate and hone it in work and life. Before starting the company, she had a steady job specializing in nuclear nonproliferation with a decent paycheck. Life was good on surface but deep down she felt unfulfilled. Connecting the dots, she found that it was creativity that brought her the most satisfaction in life, and InnovatorsBox® was born.

In this interview, Monica talks about her inspiration and personal transformation. She walks us through her journey of starting a business as a solo founder, and shares insights on what makes work life more fulfilling. She also offers a lot of useful tips on the early stage of startup life, and how to become more creative as an entrepreneur.

“Creativity is your mind’s gym. You are not going to the gym just to lose weight, but it is also for your long-term health. You do not do creative exercises just to tackle a problem, but also for your wellness and the potential possibilities. The more you do it regularly as part of your routine, the better you will be.”

– Monica Kang

 


InnovatorsBox®

Location:

1348 Florida Ave NW
Washington, DC 20009

TwitterFacebook, Instagram, linkedIn

Email: INFO@INNOVATORSBOX.COM


Reference

Gallup StrengthsFinder

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