Each Wednesday, the Soaring Startup Circle welcomes a different founder, CEO, or influential individual from the startup atmosphere, giving the teams the opportunity to learn from people who have a wealth of knowledge to share. On Wednesday, July 1, Jon Gilman, co-founder of Bellow, joined the SSC at WeWork South Station to talk about his experiences with building a company from the ground up.
Former Product Manager at TripAdvisor and Runkeeper, Jon Gilman is now launching his own company, Bellow. Not yet released to the public, Bellow aims to innovate the traditional phone call.
Gilman touched on the challenges of being an entrepreneur. Founding a company is hard work and not always the romanticized lifestyle popular culture purports. While you may be your own boss, you have a great amount of responsibility.
As a result of the difficulty, you need to truly care about the problem you are trying to solve. Gilman remarked, "You have to be able to run through walls for your idea."
Gilman explained how he and his co-founder addressed startups' omnipresent challenge: acquiring technical talent. Although Gilman did not have a technical background, he taught himself how to code to build the first MVP. Gilman showed the MVP to the team's future technical co-founder, who was impressed with the dedication the two initial co-founders demonstrated by building the app themselves. SSC team members took away the value of investing in their own technical knowledge, even if they don't consider themselves the "technical" backbone of their team.
The SSC teams asked Gilman a host of questions, learning from his experience and advice. The Soaring Startup Circle would like to sincerely thank Jon Gilman for taking the time to share his experience in the startup world with the teams.