A wall of bookshelves in my friend’s house has a secret door that opens into a small wine cellar. It’s about the coolest thing ever, and everyone who sees it wants one in their house. It wasn’t so expensive as far as home projects go, but it took knowing the right person to get the job done.
Sixfolio is a social discovery site for professionals that makes it easier to find local craftsman capable of finishing any kind of great project. The platform allows home improvement experts, landscapers, web designers – all types of skilled workers – to display their work and make their services available. Pictures give users a good look at previous projects to better understand what each professional can really do.
Local businesses showcase their work, satisfied or potential customers can talk about and view projects along with other interested folk. Fun and helpful. Sixfolio Co-founder Tu Tran tells us more:
What’s your company about? What do you do? Who are your customers?
Sixfolio is a fun social network for professionals. We offer professionals and local businesses a platform to showcase their work to potential customers. Users then are able to share professionals’ work and follow the ones they find interesting. Sixfolio features portfolios in many different categories including interior design, home remodeling, construction, custom-made furnitures and many more. Sixfolio is changing the way people find and hire professionals.
What’s the greatest thing about your company/website? Why is it better than the competition?
Unlike our competition, we don’t list our search results by just their business name, we show results with pictures of each professional’s project. They say a picture is worth a thousand words and we think users would get a better understanding of the business by looking at a picture of their past projects rather than just their name.
How’d you come up with the name for your company?
We came up with the name Sixfolio because in a survey we conducted, it shows that users tend to view only 6 pictures in a portfolio to gain interest in a business. We combined that with the portfolio and that is how we got our name.
What was your first computer? How old were you when you first got on the world wide web?
My first computer was a 100MHz Packard Bell PC with a 5GB hard drive. I was 7 years old.
What time do you usually start work each day? How many hours a day do you usually work?
I like to start my morning early. I’m at the office at around 6am every day and work until 5pm.
When’s the last time you went on vacation and where did you go?
I’ve been busy a lot lately and I can’t remember the last time I had a vacation, haha!
When do your best ideas come to you?
On the third beer, with friends. I find most of my ideas come from being around and socializing with friends and family.
How many people did you start the company with and how many people work for you now?
We started with 3 people and we have 5 now.
A lot of people have big ideas. What gave you the confidence to actually go after yours?
Many of us are business owners and have majors related to marketing and advertising, and we feel that our product will change the industry.
Remember the early days of starting up? Describe the struggles you went through.
We had many stressful days finding talents for our startup – that includes programmers, user interface designers and other workers. Everything seems to fit into place now, and we are working with some of the most talented guys we’ve ever worked with.
How do you handle frustration? What has been your biggest professional frustration?
Our team doesn’t just hang out with each other at work. We usually meet on the weekends to play a round of golf to keep our minds off work.
How do you picture your company in 5 years?
We hope to secure more funding, hire more people, and move into a bigger office.
Who or what inspires YOU? Role models? Quotes? Running? Video games? Snack food?
Steve Jobs, because even at the worst times he had a vision and stood by his company no matter what.
How’d you fund this venture?
Partially self-funded. We did a round with family and friends.
Got any great bootstrapping tips for the lean startups out there?
Plan well. You can waste a lot of time and money by being unorganized.
What other advice do you have for other entrepreneurs struggling to get started?
Go with your guts and only take risks if it’s worth it.
Do you consider yourself a successful entrepreneur? If not, what’ll make you feel successful?
Yes, I already feel successful because we’ve accomplished so much so far.
Top 5 websites you couldn’t live without?
Top 5 mobile apps you’re in love with?
- Google Drive
- Yahoo Sports
Number 1 country you’ve always wanted to visit but haven’t yet? (And why that country?)
Japan, I’m so fascinated by their culture!
Three people (other than you) we should follow on Twitter and why?
Richard Branson, Tony Hsieh, Biz Stone. I find all these successful entrepreneurs interesting.
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