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Going for the win – five steps into the inner world of an entrepreneur

Author: Horia Damian, CEO and Founder Partner of the contact management app Canvy, startup entrepreneur and tech passionate

Why startups?

The startup environment characterizes the current tech business landscape, in a way that fits all company sizes. Small projects found a vessel to carry them towards materialization, midsize businesses adopted this entrepreneurship model in order to expand their reach, and large companies found in startups a thriving environment that they just could not miss. There is an angle for anyone when it comes to startups, but, as with any new tools (or any new game, if you like) one just has to understand and take in the basic rules.

Of course, we always go for the win. Startups are dynamic, fresh and wrapped up in extreme attractiveness, but they are an extremely complex game – they combine, innovation and initiative with strategy and perseverance. My experience as a startup entrepreneur went from the initial plans through (sometimes rough) reality checks and hard readjustments. We are not there yet, not in the full sense, but we get our energy from both from our set goals, as well from the activities itself.

  1. Going from idea to action

What got us started in the first place? There were two things that mattered to us: the confidence that we could run this project (developing a productivity app and making it better than previously existing similar apps) as a whole, and also that our idea had what it takes to succeed, aka the novelty, the value and the right timing – the market was ready for it. Always find the objective way of measuring your plans against the market when launching your startup!

  1. Be your first, but not your foremost customer

The proof is in the pudding – once materialized, we employed our own software product, and we scrutinized it as a third-party would! For example, I use the app we developed daily, not just because it is our product, (out of business reasons), but also because I find it useful for myself. I think that the element of personal involvement is very important, just as much as staying open to the opinions of others is. So I would say: build your product firstly for yourself, make it as close to perfection in terms of what you appreciate, but equally adapt it to integrate the needs and ideas of others into the end result. This way, you aim to deliver a better product than you even dreamed of. You go for plus-perfection.

  1. Prepare for pressure

Do not be afraid of it – pressure comes from all directions. The intensity and the way it impacts your activity are different, depending on the team you are working with. The more you can “delegate” this pressure, the easier it is to take an entrepreneurial initiative, because carrying too much pressure on one person’s shoulders can prove counter-creative.
However, any entrepreneur must be able to take in the pressure generated by the need to achieve the established business goals set for a clear and relatively short time.

  1. Appreciate all your allies

They used to say “is all about the product”.  I deeply believe it’s like that. But I also think “it’s all about the team”. If you can count on a team with the right skills, energy and vision, then the product will be the one you aimed for. Whereas for the product – presentation duo, I would not say there is a first and second place, as I rather see a shared first place. Just think of it. You have a good product, but you need to bring it in front of the clients. Yes, there were times when the dictum “If you build it, they will come” worked. Not anymore. Merely creating a good product does not guarantee customer presence. The battle for the relevant audience’s attention and loyalty is essential nowadays. Take this reality in – and prepare to deliver both an excellent product, as well as a great presentation.

 

  1. Grow with your startup, grow with your team

I understand – now even more than before – that the road to success passes through the valley of humility. As an entrepreneur, your willingness to give up some of your opinions and to adopt the ones that are best for the product is also important. Of course, this ability to accept that the truth is not always your truth is rarely innate. In most of the cases, you acquire it via experience, and it is an educated skill. This process also involves a great openness towards others: colleagues, users, advisors and investors.

Only when giving humility its toll, you stand a chance for success. By avoiding any changes, and by refusing to adapt, the chances are slim. However, when your ambitions and vision morph into a shared vision and a mature understanding of what you can deliver, the success is at the horizon.

Why Canvy?

Canvy offers an intuitive means to communicate by providing users with a centralized interface from where they can quickly reach their desired contacts via the best available channel. It aggregates information on which channels are likely to be most successful for contacting a user at a given time.

Discover the intuitive & colourful way to connect with your contacts. Stay mindful of everyone’s time and privacy. This post aims to provide a brief overview of the main benefits that come with using the Canvy app and diving into the colourful Canvy universe.

(1) Canvy’s adaptive screens boost productivity and ease of communication

Your native address book normally shows a list of all contacts. No order, no sorting algorithm. Canvy was designed as a tool which can predict its users’ moves and desires, in many ways like a personal assistant which knows us based on our own communication behaviour. Canvy thus changes the way contacts are displayed by offering users the possibility to choose from different screen displays based on their needs and communication context.

Three view modes are available – recently used contacts, interaction degree and adaptive.
Recently used – contacts are arranged based on the most recent communication with them. The list is chronologically sorted.
Interaction degree – is a view mode in which the contacts are listed based on the most interaction with them. So, more you interact with a contact, its position will rise inside “Home Screen”.
Adaptive – is a mix between “Recently used” and “Interaction degree”. Upper in the screen are displayed contacts with which the user communicated more combined with recently used contacts.

(2) All your preferred communication tools are one tap away

Canvy provides users with a centralized interface from where they can quickly reach their desired contacts via the best available channel. It aggregates information on which channels are likely to be most successful for contacting a user at a given time. It could be that during a meeting, a user is best likely reached via text message – or via a third-party messenger app such as Facebook, WhattsApp or Google Hangouts. Canvy brings all this information to your fingertips, enabling you to redefine personal communication and ensure that you communicate on your own terms.

(3) Privacy for real

Control which information goes public and which details are kept private. All data in Canvy is private and well-secured. We do not keep any information on our servers – data is stored locally on your device. We put users in control – they are aware at all times of what information is shared and with whom.

A quick video intro to Canvy

Canvy aims to provide its users with an intuitive and effective means to communicate by giving them a centralized interface from where they can quickly reach their desired contacts using the best available communication channel. It does this by aggregating information about which channels are likely to be most successful for contacting a given user at a given time.

Canvy | Your communication canvas We put our best efforts into making your Canvy experience as streamlined as possible. To make it easier for our users to understand what our app is all about, we have started putting together a series of brief introductory videos, all aiming to highlight Canvy’s main feature set. We have also started assembling an FAQ section, where we’re constantly adding new topics as feedback from our users reaches us. Have a look at the video above and check out our FAQ for more in-depth information, tips and tricks for getting the most of your Canvy experience.

Hello world!

Canvy’s ambition is to create the world’s most intuitive, effective and user-friendly mobile communication tool.

Canvy manages a user’s communication quickly and effectively.

How so? Well, in a nutshell, Canvy offers an intuitive means to communicate by providing users with a centralized interface from where they can quickly reach their desired contacts via the best available channel. It aggregates information on which channels are likely to be most successful for contacting a user at a given time.

It could be that during a meeting, that user is best likely reached via text message – or via a third-party messenger app such as Facebook, WhatsApp or Google Hangouts. Or else he may be driving, in which case a call would be the safest way to reach them. Canvy brings all this information to your fingertips, enabling you to redefine personal communication and make sure you communicate on your own terms.