Do you know that in the United States there is a civilian fire death in every 2 hours and 42 minutes and a civilian fire injury every 33 minutes?
When lives are at stake, every second matters. That is why Carlos Fernandez Jr., cofounder of Page-Out, created a system that seamlessly updates its members with a touch of a few buttons. Whether it is for Firefighting Volunteers, Emergency Medical Services, or whatever purposes you need a fast and reliable paging system for, Page-Out can be the advantage you need to save lives.
Carlos shares with KillerStartups their specialization in developing mobile applications for the Public Safety Sector and tells us why making a real difference and helping more people are the only measures of success that truly matter.
What’s your company about? What do you do? Who are your customers?
Our Latest Mobile Application is Page-Out FIRE™ it is for Volunteer Fire Departments to track the AVAILABILITY of their Firefighters. This mobile application is focused on SAVING LIVES!
What’s the greatest thing about your company/website? Why is it better than the competition?
Page-Out is not only disrupting how the Fire Industry has worked for more then 50 years. Page Out’s focus is to literally SAVE LIVES. With Page-Out FIRE™ we have been able to shave off an estimated 14 minutes in the response time of RURAL Fire Departments to Fire Scenes! In the Fire industry every SINGLE SECOND COUNTS! We are dealing with actual LIVES!
How’d you come up with the name for your company?
Every on call firefighter carries an alerter (pager) that is activated by Fire Control when their station is required to respond to an incident. Page-Out is a system that let’s you Page-OUT or Page-IN to let the Fire Chief assess his resources ahead of time.
What was your first computer? How old were you when you first got on the world wide web?
I had one of those Gateways! Couldn’t afford anything else!! It came in a COW looking box!! lol! Then as I got into design my first was an white and blue apple G3. Then g4, then g5 dual-core, then Quad Core (HEAVY BEAST!) then mac mini, imac 27 incher
What time do you usually start work each day? How many hours a day do you usually work?
Wake up around 5am meditate/pray a bit then small workout, start working around 9am. Work about 15 hrs a day if I ever was to count ;)
What’s the very first thing you do at work every day?
Make my shake. Prep for the day, try and review my list I made the night before.
When do your best ideas come to you? In bed in the morning? During dinner? On your third beer?
When everyone is out of the office. On the Soccer Field, As I am trying to leave the office @ night
How many people did you start the company with and how many people work for you now?
Started with my Co-Founder and still only have my Co-FOunder
A lot of people have big ideas. What gave you the confidence to actually go after yours?
Ideas are easy. I have 40 ideas a day. I gave into this idea because it actually is making a REAL DIFFERENCE in the WORLD! This is a NEED and definitely something that is giving back to our most valuable brothers who SACRIFICE their LIVES for US to fight fires. Give our volunteers the ability to Page-Out if they are going to be reading a bedtime story to their kids or have to be bedside to their significant other.
Remember the early days of starting up? Describe the struggles you went through.
Lol! I’m still going through the STRUGGLE. I love/hate these moments!!!
How do you handle frustration? What has been your biggest professional frustration?
People have been my biggest frustration. Finding the right people to handle and do the right job has been very hard.
What’s your office environment like? Do you listen to music? Watch movies? Play video games?
All of the above plus some running around pissing off the downstairs neighbors. Lots and lots of brainstorming
How do you picture your company in 5 years?
Honestly, I don’t. It’s hard enough trying to stay on top of the 90 day plan. In the Tech industry things change so fast! I WISH to become the industry leader in on-call availability for the worldwide market while focusing on continually improving efficiency and expedited response times from personnel.
Who or what inspires YOU? Role models? Quotes? Running? Video games? Snack food?
First my children. My Wife. My Father. My Mother all inspire me. THose who chase dreams inspire me.
How’d you fund this venture? VC? Self-funding? Crowdfunded? Where’d you get the money, man?
Self-Funding. Previous success other businesses. Currently have 3 other businesses that are established.
Got any great bootstrapping tips for the lean startups out there?
When you feel like you should splurge a bit. Don’t do it!
What other advice do you have for other entrepreneurs struggling to get started?
It is not easy by any means. It takes twice as long as you thought, twice as much money as you thought and and idea does not get you to the top, it is all of the work that you don’t want to do and want to farm out that is the most important part and NUMBERS, NUMBERS, NUMBERS are the most important part!!
What would you do if you had a year off and $500,000 to spend (on something other than work)?
I would invest in other entrepreneurs who are trying to make a difference in the world. Those Dream Chasers who are coming up with an idea of how to cure an illness or help the less fortunate. I would give opportunities to those kids who weren’t blessed enough to have it. I would take time to speak to at risk gang involved youth programs. I would partner up with big organizations who want to help communities become more self-sufficient. I would start my own 1776 in my hometown!
Do you consider yourself a successful entrepreneur? If not, what’ll make you feel successful?
I did not consider myself a successful entrepreneur until a man by the name of Todd Civin listened to my story and said “Carlos you are the MOST SUCCESSFUL person I have ever met!” I am blessed beyond measure and don’t have any desire to acquire luxury items or penthouses. I simply considered myself un-successful because I have not been able to HELP people when they have needed it the most. To be able to financially help someone to simply keep their lights on because they have been laid off from a major aircraft company
Top 5 websites you couldn’t live without and why?
- Techcrunch – Relevant info
- Bloomberg – Finance
- Entrepreneur – topics
- Fueled -inspiration
- Venturebeat – News
Top 6 mobile apps you’re in love with and why?
- Twitter – Social
- LinkedIn– Social
- TechCrunch– News
- Refresh – Meeting preparation
- Audible – Commute Life Saver
What is your music streaming player of choice, and what are you listening to right now?
90 Hip Hop – Currently Listening to ICE CUBE “Today was a Good Day”
Number 1 country you’ve always wanted to visit but haven’t yet? (And why that country?)
South America. Financial Security
Three people (other than you) we should follow on Twitter and why?
Please share some specific numbers (funding, revenue, visitors) that highlight your growth.
Page-Out was launched September 9, 2013. We have a total of 20 Volunteer Fire Departments with over 1000 users subscribed to Page-Out Fire currently. Our customers range from Hesston, KS to Australia and Canada. We have visitors that are currently on our FREE 30 DAY TRIAL that are all the way from Brazil, India, and Mexico.