by Ryan O'Neil, Founder
St. Louis, MO
Aug 01, 2013 - Aug 07, 2013
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In 2013, we have more ways to communicate than ever. It can be quite a task to remember who is on what medium or which social network your cousin sent you their phone number on. It can get confusing because humans don’t think in terms of HOW they spoke with someone. They think about WHO they spoke with.
Enter Qurate. Qurate is a mobile-first iPhone application that helps you more easily communicate with each of your 30 closest relationships, no matter what social network they use. There’s three steps to using Qurate: sign-up to the social networks you use, choose the friends that you want to add, and start messaging! Qurate does all the work. It brings together your Facebook, Twitter, and Gmail accounts and reorganizes the communication based on the people you chose. You can respond to your best friend’s @mention on Twitter and your mother’s personal message on Facebook, all from within the same app. Here are some reasons you’ll love using it:
- Qurate is your favorites list on steroids
- View your important communication across your Twitter, Facebook, and Gmail
- Respond to friends on the same medium they chose to message you from one screen
- Keep up with up to 30 friends who are on different social networks
- Activate the optional language filter to protect if autocorrect tries to use unwanted profanities
- Post directly to Facebook and Twitter simultaneously
- Use one app to see your communication with those important to you
- No more forgetting where your friend sent something to you
- Automagically merge the contact information of your friends from your contacts, Facebook, Twitter, and Gmail
Qurate is a for-people, for–profit company and our focus is people. We're giving half of our annual profits away to Compassions Services (CSI), an international humanitarian organization. Qurate is partnering with CSI because we believe that the core of our app is connecting people and we take that responsibility beyond the business model. More information about Compassion Services can be found at www.Compassionservices.org.
We have yearly subscriptions with a choose-what-you-pay-model. People can pay what they think the service is worth to them. All levels of subscriptions provide the same great services. At the end of the year, we look at our annual net profits and give half to Compassions Services International.
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1. How do you define success?
Success is: helping people.
2. What has been your proudest moment as a founder?
It’s incredible to see how a community has formed around Qurate. Even pre-launch, we have people who see our vision. It’s humbling.
3. What kind of support do you need to make your business successful?
We need an advisory board of mentors, more technical team members, capital, and exposure.
4. What is the toughest decision you made during your time as a founder?
To cut features I liked. I’m brand new to the lean startup mindset and I’ve struggled with getting away from my old school thinking. I don’t have all the answers to what our community needs in the application. So we cut major parts of the application earlier this year to focus on the most integral part of the app.
5. What have you learned about yourself during this start-up process?
I have to limit myself. I very much believe that every person has unlimited potential, but at some point you’ve got to stop trying to do it all yourself and get other people to buy into your vision of the company.
6. What advice would you give to a budding start-up company?
First, be sure what you’re doing isn’t just making money. It needs to make a difference in people’s lives. Second, GTD. Get things done. Don’t wait until somebody else comes along or a better opportunity nears. The background of my phone is a quote by General George S. Patton: “A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan next week.