Who are you?
Luper helps you remember to stay in touch and to sustain your personal relationships.
Luper is an app that reminds you to contact and stay in touch with people either by phone, text, or email, based on a recurring time lup you set for that person: weekly, monthly, quarterly, 6 months, or yearly.
You might say that you can do this with your calendar but where Luper excels is the contacts are integrated into the app, and the app pre-populates a phone call, or a text message draft, or an email draft from the notification the user receives.
Say I want to email you every 6 months. I add you to the 6 months time loop, set the last contact date to today, and the app sets the next contact date to 6 months from now. I turn reminders on and the email as method of contact. In 6 months, I receive a notification that says "Don't forget to reach out to Jason SurfrApp." I open the notification and it takes me to the app where I click the email button and the default phone email app opens with your email prepopulated.
Why Did you start your business?
I stared Luper because I wanted to build something. I got the idea and fell in love with it and wanted to see it become a reality. More than anything it was a personal accomplishment for me.
I wanted a way for people to easily to remember to contact each other and to stay in touch.
It started out as a side project and has now evolved into a full startup. I have huge plans for Luper and want it to become a PRM (personal), not just a CRM.
I wrote about the full story here: medium.com/p/7576aadb382e
What makes your business unique?
It's a simple app from a simple idea with lots of potential. I got the idea, invested my own money to get it developed since I'm not a developer.
What's the biggest mistake you've made with your business and what did you learn from it??
The biggest mistake I made was letting the app sit for months before revisiting it. I had momentum from launch and I should have kept it moving. Like I said it started as a side project and for me the launch itself was a great accomplishment but you have to keep riding the wave. Launching an MVP is good but if you're goal is to launch an MVP then you probably shouldn't launch. You're goal should be to launch and MVP, and future iterations.
what big goal do you have for your company and how do you plan to achieve it?
you have for your company and how do you plan to achieve it? *
I hope to achieve 10K downloads in 2014. I've currently reached 2K with little marketing.
Future goals include having Luper become the PRM of choice with cross-platform integration including mobile app, web app, desktop app, and integrations into social networks and emails.
what advice or tips do you have for people wanting to start their own business or follow their dreams?
If you have an idea that you fell in love with, as in gave you butterflies when you thought of it, that means it's an idea worth pursuing. Even if you don't have the technical skills or the know-how to build your idea you can find ways to make it happen. Also that idea needs to be executed by you and quickly because someone else will have that same idea.