ExoGet Hopes To Be The Next Big Online Business Directory
I remember using the yellow pages a lot as a kid, whether it was for pizza delivery or finding the landline of a friend from school. I’m not sure who still uses them, besides my grandma, especially since there are a variety of cooler, easier online business directories out there to use. One site is ExoGet, who hopes to play a successful role in this market.
We had a catch up with Mauricio Ruballos, the 20-year-old founder to talk ExoGet aspirations and taking chances on the things you believe in.
How long have you been Involved with the Internet? What were your first steps?
MR: I’ve been involved with the internet for about 9 years. Since I was 12 all I did was read about Web designing–articles, sources, etc. I was very interested in starting an online business. By the age of 13, I designed my first website for a local police station. Once I was done and given my first pay, I though it was the best thing ever. Since then I started designing websites for small businesses. Little by little, I realized that today’s business world is on the Internet. So I dedicated myself and began to work harder to achieve something great!
What time do you usually start work each day?
MR: Work for me starts at 8:00am EST and end around 11:00pm @ night. The only day I take off is Sunday.
Do you have an office or work at home?
MR: I work from home. I have set up a small office to use, moving from office to bed, and sometimes the couch.
What’s the first thing you do when you leave the office at the end of the day?
MR: I relax and watch a movie or something to else to keep me entertained.
When do your best ideas come to you?
MR: Usually while working on a project. My mind is always rambling about different ideas.
We want to know about where you spend your day! What’s on your desk right now?
MR: My day is spent home working on projects such as ExoGet. And my desk is full of pens, paper, and water.
What’s your office environment like?
MR: My office environment is quiet. Sometimes I put on comedy songs from artist like Bob and Tom Show. It keeps me happy even when there is an error on a code.
Favorite movie? Band? Vacation Spot?
MR: My favorite movie has to be The Dictator. It was really funny. I have no real favorite bands or vacation spot. I am satisfied going anywhere.
A lot of people have big ideas. What gave you the confidence to actually put your life on hold and realize yours?
MR: The confidence comes from the service I offer. The ability for an organization to increase or start their Web presence by getting a website set up and then being added to a directory is just great. And we’re only charging $25 a month; hosting/domain is included in price. And, free support. Everything we offer for the price is hard to match. I am starting an original idea that will only grow. We are adding many features that will help customers and organizations come closer.
What advice do you have for other entrepreneurs struggling to get their business off the ground?
MR: My advice is simple—If you believe in something, then take a chance! Bring as much support in as you can, because the more you have the better chance you have at success. In this world, the key thing is to take chances. Put everything on hold and concentrate on your business!
Who has been your biggest cheerleader throughout this process?
MR: My friends and family. They always keep me positive and offer many marketing strategies.
MR: My biggest regret is that I didn’t start this idea 3 years ago.
How do you picture your company in 5 years?
MR: I believe ExoGet is going to be very successful. I believe in 5 years we will be a top of the line business directory, with over 1 million different organization added to it.
Where can our readers get ahold of you?
Thanks, Mauricio. Another reason why those of us who have trouble even remembering our 20s should make some serious startup moves. These kids are making us look bad!