Below, Kevin Kauzlaric interviews entrepreneur Eli David about his company StartupBlink and entrepreneurship.
Kevin Kauzlaric: What inspired you and your team to create StartupBlink?
Eli David: Both co-founders (Eli and Roderick) love startups and feel like there is no one stop shop site for startup information. Our intention is to also create a meeting place where startups can communicate with one each other and create synergies.
How exactly does StartupBlink work and who would benefit most from it?
Startupblink is documenting the startup ecosystem. The platform can be used by anyone who wants to educate herself about the situation of the startup community in her city. One can also see who is doing a project similar to their and discuss potential cooperation. StartupBlink is a great site for market research. In addition, StartupBlink helps entrepreneurs find the best startup ecosystem mentors close to them, co-working places, accelerators and freelancers.
What makes your service different from others that try to solve the same problem? Or, is this the first solution to address this problem?
It is the first service that tries to connect all the dots in the startup ecosystem.
Please tell us a little bit about you and your team’s background.
Eli David and Roderick Warren are experienced entrepreneurs. Roderick is an American based in Switzerland. Eli has co-founded Lingoelearn.com, an online language school with hundreds of students and teachers from around the world. Eli is also a digital nomad traveling the world for the last 4 years, constantly changing locations, and living in more than 25 countries. (more about it in his blog www.becomenomad.com )
Give us an interesting fun fact about the research or product development process you went through to develop StartupBlink.
We received overwhelming support from the startup ecosystem, with people volunteering to being startup ambassadors.
Given your interest in entrepreneurship, what is the best piece of advice for an entrepreneur you’ve ever received?
Just Start. Planning is nice, but starting and actively working on your idea is where the real value is.
How do you define what it means to have an entrepreneurial mindset?
Embrace uncertainty. Move forward and create.
Where can people find out more about StartupBlink and your team?
@startupblink and the about page of StartupBlink