WingUp is an Austin based networking app for traveling professionals who want to connect with like-minded business people on the fly. Co-founders, Rudy Prince and Kevin Warden, are successful entrepreneurs in their own right with extensive experience in strategic marketing, software development and consulting. Prior to founding WingUp, Rudy Prince led the successful IPO in sale of his leading faxing company, eFax.com, as well as headed up the development of MediaCart Shopping Cart of the Future. Kevin Warden successfully rolled out a massive franchise operation for Which Wich Sandwich Stores.
Sometimes you might think you have the best idea in the world but usually it’s not the idea that will succeed overtime. – WingUp
Clarity of the message is super important. The best message has been use cases. People must understand what you’re doing within a 5-10 second pitch.
WingUp’s One Idea
Kevin had the idea of connecting with people while traveling which then evolved into a professional connecting app. Rudy has been doing software development. After hearing Kevin’s idea he decided to join Kevin in developing this app.
WingUp is your professional networking radar. It uses location based services, Linked API, helping professionals connect based on their industry.
Set aside some time each week to network either to learn from or offer information to people.
There’s great value in talking with people to learn.
5 Moves To Start A New Business
If they were to start another business today, they would concentrate on these areas:
- Co-working space in your town – spend time there & network.
- Find really good software people – the A Team.
- Test your marketing message through social media – Ad Mob, Facebook, Twitter.
- Don’t ignore funding – look at your requirements & be realistic.
- Find a good strategic partnership.
Secret To Success
Be very tenacious. Never give up.
Failure is not a negative.