LiveLuvCreate combines two of the most cherished elements shared on the Internet – photos and inspirational quotes. The fun here is to create quote photos of your very own. I would say the sky is the limit for potential combinations, but as one quote photo reminds me, there are footprints on the moon to suggest otherwise.
Make your own quote photos, share them and other ones you love throughout your existing social networks, find new creative friends and collaborators, and more. “Don’t wait for the perfect moment. Take the moment and make it perfect.” LiveLuvCreate membership is free, and the tools for creating quote photos simple to use. Signup onsite or through a Facebook account.
Founder Mark Arruda had this to tell KillerStartups about the pleasures of becoming a member of the LiveLuvCreate community and the challenges along his startup journey:
How’d you come up with the concept for LiveLuvCreate, and how’d you start working on making your vision a reality?
We have been in the Facebook app business for a few years now. First with Fbanners.com, which then transformed into FirstCovers.com. On those sites, we offer pre-made content as well as many tools for users to create their own content. After observing millions of users, it became obvious that people love to create their own content. We took that concept of users building their own content and LiveLuvCreate was born.
What’s the story behind your company’s name?
Although LiveLuvCreate has a nice sound to it, we actually came up with this name for very literal reasons. Live – LiveLuvCreate is a community of people interacting. Luv – Our “Luv” button is the outlet for users to let other users know that they enjoy what is being created. Create – LiveLuvCreate is built behind the idea that anyone can easily create their own inspiring content. In short, Luving and Creating are the two main factors behind LiveLuvCreate.
Remember the early days starting up? Maybe you can share one anecdote that describes the struggle you went through?
LiveLuvCreate has transformed dramatically since day one. Since the initial launch, we have learned exactly what our users wanted, and it has been a daily routine to observe and shape the site to their liking. However, the biggest struggle is getting LiveLuvCreate in front of the eyes of all the users that we know would love it.
How do you handle frustration? When/how was the last time you dealt with frustration?
We enjoy the challenges that our work brings. We like to overcome our obstacles and learn from them so we are more prepared in the future.
In the off chance that you have any free time, what do you do with it?
Building and maintaining a site like LiveLuvCreate is a 24/7 job. However, we always make time for family, friends, and daily work outs to keep us from going crazy in front of a computer all day. Plus, you’re never out of the office when you have your cellphone!
When do your best ideas come to you? Falling Asleep? During lunch? After working for 16 hours? While swimming?
Our best ideas come when we sit down together and bounce ideas. We’ve learned over the years that we can come up with the best ideas when we jog each others brains and build off of each other’s ideas.
How do you picture LiveLuvCreate in 5 years?
We picture the internet as a whole to be mainly focused on mobile, which is why we have put a lot of focus into building great android/iphone/ipad apps for LiveLuvCreate. We believe as the internet turns mostly mobile that unique content will struggle. We want LiveLuvCreate to be the exception in that.
Who or what inspires YOU? Role models? Quotes? Running? Video games? Snack food?
We’re inspired by the drive to always do better and always want more. We are never satisfied and we believe there is always something to improve.
What sets your company apart from the competition?
We are unique in the sense that LiveLuvCreate is created by our users, and who is more unique than each one of them. Our competition only allows their users to view and find content. On LiveLuvCreate our users not only view and find great content, but they also create it. We encourage their creativity!
Got any great bootstrapping tips for the lean startups out there?
Never have downtime. We have had several sites reach over 1 million unique visitors per day. That would have never been possible if we were not over-prepared for the potential of what could come.
What’s your largest satisfaction in business life?
Watching something that we’ve spent countless hours building from the ground up evolve and take on a life of its own.
Who has been your biggest cheerleader throughout this process?
It’s hard for most people to see the vision that we have from the start, but the kind words from our dedicated users push us forward to know that we are creating something that they enjoy.
Do you consider yourself a successful entrepreneur right now? If not, what’s it gonna take to make you feel successful?
We like to think we are successful. We have been building websites for 7 years that people love. A few of them have reached over 1 million unique visitors per day. However, we believe there is always a higher level of success to reach.
What is one area you wish you could improve on with LiveLuvCreate?
We would like to improve our marketing to reach more people that we know would enjoy LiveLuvCreate. Most of our growth has been through word of mouth. And we love that! However, we believe it’s now time to take it to the next level.
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