Entrepreneur at Fun Factory Apps
Internet | Greater New York City Area, US
Since the age of 5 my parents have repeated one phrase to me: "when you wake up in the morning, don't think about what you can consume, focus on what you can create today!" That phrase stuck with me. Everyday at work I would read VentureBeat or Business Insider with envy of the great entrepreneurs that were 'creating' companies that brought value to the consumer & enterprise markets (Amazon, Dropbox, GroupMe, HootSuite, Bitly..I could go on for days about awesome companies). At 25..with no mortgage, no wife, no kids..I decided it was time for me to quit the day job and take a risk. I was ready to give up everything to 'create' something.
I'm a geek at heart, so I knew I wanted to be in the mobile industry. I bought many programming books, scoured the web for tutorials, took online courses at all the awesome (and free!) online education sites such as Coursera and Codecademy, and taught myself how to program in nine short months. In those nine months, I created iACTaFOOL - an app where friends can play video charades from iPhone to iPhone. Originally, iACTaFOOL was a 'learning project', but I quickly realized it could become the foundation for a real product.
In March 2012, with a close friend as my angel investor, I founded Fun Factory Apps to bring iACTaFOOL to market. Venturing into the mobile apps industry has proven a great learning experience. iACTaFOOL was a perfect project to learn a wide variety of entrepreneurial skills (mostly out of necessity! lol). From a technical perspective it was the perfect project for me - although the original concept was simple, the app developed into a mini social-network with a reasonably complex backend (at least for a newbie like me!). In addition, as every successful entrepreneur knows, I had to learn about EVERYTHING necessary to build a startup: analytics, trademarks, taxes, public relations, social media, etc..
I'm thankful for the opportunity to pursue this dream & thankful to have the support of friends & family! :)