Our founder, Tony, was recently invited to share his start-up story at a 'Tales from TechHub' event hosted by TechHub London at Google Campus.

Everyone listening intently to Tony’s story

The room was packed with entrepreneurs, former consultants, hedge fund managers and investors who wanted to learn a little bit more about the trials and tribulations of a start-up. Tony briefly talked about his background, what the app does and the fundamentals for how a start-up should approach their business.

For a quick summary of the talk here are four things that Tony believes will increase your chances of success:

  • Recruitment – make sure you hire people who are just as passionate as you about the vision and the business. Motivational speaker, Simon Sinek, hit the nail on the head; “If you hire people just because they can do a job, they’ll work for your money. But if you hire people who believe what you believe, they’ll work for you with blood and sweat and tears.”
  • Focus on the next step – have a vision of where you want to be in the future, but focus on getting to the next step no matter how small it is.
  • Passion – you must be passionate about what you do. It is the passion that will drive you to work 16 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you don’t believe in your company, then why should your future employees?
  • Solve a real problem – it sounds obvious but you’d be surprised by how many people create something that’s cool and try to fit into a market. Identify a problem, build a minimum viable product and test it early to see if people actually want your product! Fail faster to succeed sooner.

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We’re also hiring for iOS, Android and Python developers for our ever-growing team so if you have the relevant skills, please send us your CV to social@whatnowtravel.com.