Startup Founder?

Amongst things that you are passionate about, is food among them? Me too. Whether you invest the majority of your time on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest; it’s difficult not to run into posts, photos and opinions about food. When I first came across new app DinnDinn, I was immediately intrigued. DinnDinn allows users to personalize their food preferences, get in touch with friends through Taste Buds, post images of food and share viewpoints, and much more.

Maybe you don t have a 10,000 paying customers, but have discovered, on a more modest scale, that for every $1 you spend in marketing you can earn $2 back. This information is a silver bullet too. In this case you ve shown that you understand ways to acquire a consumer for less than they are spending, which is a big affair.

Another fascinating aspect of the DinnDinn story is the background of the founders. The company had not been founded by a few 30-something Silicon Valley veterans, but 2 19 year-old buddies. I reached out to among the co-founders, Jeremy A. Markham, for an interview.

Jeremy A. Markham: Thankfully, both of our fathers has actually been intelligent and extremely effective business owners so we’ve had entrepreneurial influences considering that a very early age. Throughout our high school years Kyler and I came up with a few good ideas that we never thought would be practical. After sharing some of our early ideas with our vehicle teacher Mark Williams, who was a mentor to both people, he provided us that extra drive to do something like this – to believe outside the box, and do some fantastic things. One day we were in Kyler’s kitchen reflecting on those ideas and it finally pertained to us, why not figure out a method for people to share food on social networks and meet people while doing it? As boring as it sounds, we were just sitting there consuming, we just weren’t doing anything overly exciting, we didn’t have developers and hackers there with us. While it was a really exciting moment for us due to the fact that we had lastly created an idea we really enjoyed the thought of, it isn’t really as exciting of a story as a lot of people expect it to be.

Startup Founder, Is It Really That Simple

Jeremy A. Markham: For us to make it to where we are today has actually taken a substantial quantity of work. Being an entrepreneur is by no methods easy or something that you can put half of your heart in, it’s an experience that will check your decision and solve as well as the ability to hear the word ‘no’ much more often than you hear the word ‘yes’.

We remained in the idea stage back throughout our senior year of high school and gotten in touch with every significant financial backing company on the west coastline with a completely different idea. In some cases, it’s type of embarrassing to look back and believe that we went right to the huge shots with exactly what we have actually considered that recognized was not the very best idea – however we discovered a lot from them. After we had actually rotated and re-evaluated our time spent over the previous couple of months, we developed DinnDinn, which, at the time, was called something entirely different. When we were still eighteen years old, fortunately we fulfilled our angel investors and got them on board. From there it was a long process attempting to decide who would do the property development, but we eventually discovered our now rock star group of designers at a marketing and development firm in Chicago called Clique Studios. They went method beyond our desires in both quality of product and time of building, helping us to establish on August 28th, 2012.

Jeremy A. Markham: Kyler and I knew each other in high school and coincidentally have the specific very same birthday – September 18, 1992. We just weren’t extremely close early on, we discovered a typical bond our junior year of high school when we both registered in vehicle classes. The friendship only grew from there and we both realized we had a desire to develop and be business owners something of our own.

During our freshman year in college, I stuck close to home and went to North Central College in Naperville, IL while Kyler ventured about six hours south to Southern Illinois University – Carbondale. While many individuals would presume this slowed us down, it actually provided us a chance to reinforce our relationship and the business while continuing to grow. When sophomore year rolled around Kyler relocated back to Naperville and started attending North Central College as well.

In November of 2012 Kyler and I went to the CEO National Conference in Chicago and satisfied Megan Barfield, who is now our CMO, as she belonged to the little group of students from North Central College attending the conference. Megan has currently shown to be an important resource to the company and is very much like Kyler and I. She is smart, ingenious, professional and absolutely has an intense future.

Jeremy A. Markham: First and foremost, we want to create a fantastic product that we truly love. This started with a love for food and that’s something we don’t wish to forget.

It appears as though often business has actually excellent prospective since they have a ingenious and cool product, whether it be a mobile food app or a toaster, yet they have not been successful in making it all it can be since they focus too much on attempting to get rich fast. We’ve already accomplished numerous individual goals such as finding investors and having the app go live. Finding investors was a huge accomplishment for us and we handled to get them on board just a few days prior to we turned nineteen. When we had the ability to use the app in genuine time, on our phones for the first time it was a fantastic, albeit a type of oddity, experience.

Hopefully we can remain to make the app much better and surpass our own expectations. In concerns to business goals we ‘d like to specify where our brand name is recognizable for a large range and variety of people. Our ‘mascot’ is an individual with a burger for a head, something people truly delight in thus far, and ideally it will certainly end up being rather of an icon.

As far as numbers of users go, the sky is the restriction, and I don’t believe setting a number that we ‘d like to reach would do justice to our individual goals just because we desire this to be something everybody the world over can enjoy. Clearly we wouldn’t have started this company and produced an app if we didn’t wish to succeed economically so we ‘d such as to broaden the numerous different methods DinnDinn will certainly tackle becoming financially thriving while being pioneers in the numerous different industries we’re in (food, movement, and so on).

It’s exciting having a company as well as an enthusiasm of our being combined together into something we get to deal with every day. We look enviably upon the particular business in many different markets that get to state that their task is their interest, especially when they’re able to share their daily pleasure of exactly what they finish with other people through social networks.