Sometimes dinner is dinner and other times dinner is… well, can’t it just be dinner?
Woomatch thinks so. With enough dating sites around for tastes of all varieties, the need online for a network of people – friends and strangers – looking to meet just for the sake of sharing fun activities has yet to be filled. Woomatch hopes to fill the gap by helping their members meet people with similar interests. They’re also keen on making it easier for people to organize sporting events, travel, dinner, and other activities.
Co-founder of Woomatch, Henri Knafo, tells us more about his activity & friends discovery site:
What’s your company about? What do you do? Who are your customers?
Woomatch is all about connecting people in real life via fun activities. Are you looking to do something and meet new people near you? Browse or post an activity and meet woomatch members in your area.
What’s the greatest thing about your company/website? Why is it better than the competition?
Woomatch is focused on connecting people with similar interests so they can go out and meet. Other websites are mostly made for dating. Woomatch is not a dating site, but a place where people can meet members in their area via activities.
How’d you come up with the name for your company?
We took a name that can be easily remembered.
What was your first computer? How old were you when you first got on the world wide web?
I was 10. It was an Atari. No internet back then. I was at the university level when I first heard of the internet.
What time do you usually start work each day? How many hours a day do you usually work?
I work at night around 5pm and finish around 8pm.
When’s the last time you went on vacation and where did you go?
Florida, Miami, last week.
What’s the very first thing you do at work every day?
Take a coffee.
When do your best ideas come to you? In bed in the morning? During dinner? On your third beer?
On Saturdays when I’m not working.
How many people did you start the company with and how many people work for you now?
Started with 2 people and we still have 2 people.
Remember the early days of starting up? Describe the struggles you went through.
Well, learning Ruby on Rails was the hard part.
How do you handle frustration? What has been your biggest professional frustration?
Well… first thing I do is Google. I feel better instantly knowing I’m not the only one with the problem.
What’s your office environment like? Do you listen to music? Watch movies? Play video games?
No music, no videos, no games. I work silently.
How do you picture your company in 5 years?
Would love to have an office on the beach.
Who or what inspires YOU? Role models? Quotes? Running? Video games? Snack food?
“Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you’ll find one at the end of your arm … As you grow older you will discover that you have two hands. One for helping yourself, the other for helping others.” –Audrey Hepburn
How’d you fund this venture? VC? Self-funding? Crowdfunded? Where’d you get the money, man?
We do everything in house so we have very low costs. Marketing funding will eventually come via private funding.
Got any great bootstrapping tips for the lean startups out there?
Start small and be positive.
What other advice do you have for other entrepreneurs struggling to get started?
Just start… Problems will come later.
What would you do if you had a year off and $500,000 to spend (on something other than work)?
Give the 500k to people who can’t afford to buy food.
Do you consider yourself a successful entrepreneur? If not, what’ll make you feel successful?
Having people that love the website makes me feel successful.
Top 5 mobile apps you’re in love with and why?
What is your music streaming player of choice, and what are you listening to right now?
I usually use YouTube.
Number 1 country you’ve always wanted to visit but haven’t yet? (And why that country?)
China… fascinating culture.
Please share some specific numbers (funding, revenue, visitors) that highlight your growth.
We started 3 weeks ago and already have more then 300 members.
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