136: Tech Startups & Building an App w/ Vibely Founder Teri Yu

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If you’ve ever wondered what it would take to create an app, this episode’s for you! We’re talking to Teri Yu, the founder of Vibely: an app to help people make meaning connections and find their community, both online and offline.

Teri walks us through the journey of a tech startup: figuring out the purpose of your app, building the necessary tech & business skills, deciding when to take the entrepreneurship leap, getting funded, dealing with rejection and failure, and refining your app over time.

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community on Vibely has been thriving, with friendships and in-person meetups
all over the world, so I’m so grateful for this behind-the-scenes look into how
this community came to be!

In this episode we
explore:

  • 1:32 – How Teri built up her tech & business skills before taking the entrepreneurship leap
  • 5:48 – How to start a tech company: 3 key principles to follow for creating your own app
  • 8:00 – Why it doesn’t matter that Vibely didn’t turn out how Teri originally wanted it to
  • 9:55 – The hardest part of running a tech startup & How Teri deals with the pressure
  • 12:26 – The finances of a startup: Fundraising, finding investors & bootstrapping
  • 19:07 – How Vibely can change the future of friendships, social media & community
  • 21:22 – Embracing rejection: Teri’s secret to productivity and accomplishing goals
  • 24:36 – Lessons from a tech startup founder: What Teri would’ve done differently
  • 27:10 – Teri’s dream life, book recommendation, life-changing habit, best received advice & favorite part about life
  • 32:06 – Key takeaways on: Rejection, ways to approach entrepreneurship & dealing with business lows

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Show notes:

Quotes:

  • The hardest part is getting back up when you fall down – and you’re going to fall down a lot.
  • Everyone you meet is a new perspective, a new story, a new experience.

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