Technopreneur and Scan.com founder Garrett Gee advised local technopreneurs to focus on building their businesses and executing their ideas instead of wasting time debating on new ways of doing things.
Gee braved the Manila rains to speak before a full-house crowd which attended the first Kickstart Startup Mixer at the Ayala Corporation headquarters. The Kickstart Startup Mixers are a series of events being organized by incubator-accelerator Kickstart Ventures, Inc. to get the Philippine startup community together and discuss subjects relevant to startup founders. Kickstart is a wholly-owned subsidiary of leading telecommunications company Globe Telecom.
“If you’re wasting time on your startup and you’re not building your business, you’re gonna lose out. If you’re sitting with your files and thinking that if only I have a million dollars, you’re really wasting your time. Tap the service that is available. Do things. Your ability to execute your idea is what’s gonna get you. Make it up and running as fast as possible. If you don’t love your startup and your startup is not your baby, you need to find another one,” said Gee.
The young IT entrepreneur and software designer is founder and chief executive officer of Provo, Utah-based Scan, Inc., which received US$1.7 million in seed funding when it started in early 2011. Scan creates web and mobile tools to enable enterprises and individuals to benefit from mobile transaction technologies such as Quick Response (QR) Code, Near Field Communication (NFC), among others.