Why don't you start by briefly describing what your website does?
You can leave a message (leavamsg ™) to your family, friends, colleagues, business associates, basically anyone you want to talk to. Hit the record button, start speaking, then hit the send button. From any device, anywhere, anytime. You can leavamsg to anyone in the world or to the whole world. You have the "Freedom to Talk!" ™.
How did you happen to come up with the idea for the business?
I founded a telephone call recording company, SIP Print. I left after four years when I thought the technology and value was becoming archaic. People interact in so many ways today. What was missing was a near real-time aural communication technology. Leavamsg eliminates the need for call recording, voice mail and telephony as we know it. I can leavamsg for you as many times as I want. When you listen to your messages, (driving, flying, at the beach, basically anywhere), you hear so much more communicated in the speaker's voice than just the words. That is key. I want to tell you as much as I can in as little time as possible at the greatest convenience to you while freeing your eyes from reading another email or text message that can be misinterpreted.
Who do you consider your direct competitors?
Proprietary voice mail on singular system manufacturers, call-recording manufactures, telephony service providers are industries that are disrupted by Leavamsg.
How do you, or will you, generate income for your business?
Income is generated by premium services above and beyond the standard services. Not everyone needs or wants a premium service. Companies are definitely interested in the premium services for Leavamsg.
Did you get any venture capital to begin with or are you self funded?
All of our finances are private. We are profitable.
How long have you been in business and is the company a corporation, an LLC, a partnership, or sole proprietorship?
Leavamsg started in the beginning of 2015. It currently operates as an LLC.
How many employees do you have and do you use virtual assistants?
Our HR statistics are private. We are growing. Would you like to join us? Leavamsg for me. My contact is JF.
Tell us a little about your background.
My background centers on technology, software, start-ups, consulting.
What are your plans for the future of the company?
Our plans include continuous improvement of delight for the users of Leavamsg. If people are not satisfied with something in Leavamsg, we want them to tell us.
What do you consider your biggest challenges as a startup?
1) Noise - from others and your own self-doubt;
2) Global Perspective - If you forget that you are in an international market, you lose 95% of your perspective.
3) Activity getting in the way of design - Movement doesn't always mean profitable progress, sometimes it is only noise (see #1 above.)
What three pieces of advice would you give someone who is developing a startup?
1) Never stop.
2) Start up only if you want to change the world.
How can someone try out the site?
Thank you very much for your time.
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