Suppose you’re like most entrepreneurs; you probably get asked for free work. Someone wants to hear your ideas, or they want you to speak, design, consult, problem-solve, or otherwise provide your products or services for exposure, for goodwill, or just because they don’t want to pay.

We asked entrepreneurs and founders what their thoughts were and what you should do if asked!

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Seth Hammock, Founder at gosignify.com

GoSignify is an online marketplace where professional interpreters connect with clients in law and medicine for freelance assignments.

First, providing free products and services is critical when it comes to getting feedback from real users. Many of our…


Interview with Tom Ripert, Founder & CEO of ROLZO

Interview with Tom Ripert, Founder & CEO of ROLZO

Tell us about your business. What do you do?

ROLZO is a travel technology startup providing the leading businesses in Travel, Aviation, Hospitality and Lifestyle Management with access to high-end car rentals and chauffeur services in 300 cities, 500 airports and 60 countries.

What is your startup’s origin story?

Born to lead a new era of luxury mobility, ROLZO imagines a world that is not determined by ownership, but defined by a greater promise: the choice of experience. The founding vision was to provide a reliable and global alternative to cumbersome rental procedures and unprofitable car ownership powered by technology. …


Interview with Kenny Dahill, CEO & Co-Founder of Burbz

Interview with Kenny Dahill, CEO & Co-Founder of Burbz

Tell us about your business. What do you do?

Burbz is a platform for landlord-friendly property management. Built on top of property management software, Burbz provides landlords an opportunity to hire a property manager and share access to the property data so they are always informed of their property needs.

The property management software is used for rent collection, screening applicants, accounting, and maintenance ticketing. Between the landlord and property manager, they can delegate and use the software to manage the tenants.

The best part: rent is paid directly to the landlord with the management fees taken out. This means…


Interview with Varun Sharma, Co-Founder of Laumière Gourmet Fruits

Interview with Varun Sharma, Co-Founder of Laumière Gourmet Fruits

Tell us about your business. What do you do?

Laumière Gourmet Fruits is a family-run, California based business inspired by the vision to bring luxurious, naturally produced dried fruits to the public, not just as a flavorful delight but to shine a light on health and wellness. The company is mystifying the unique connection between luxury and nature in an undeniable quest to blend gourmet excellence with a healthy lifestyle. It strives to curate premium artisan dried fruit-based products and delve deeper into the healthy premium food segment. Laumière’s collections are 100% natural and with no added preservatives, refined sugar…


Interview with CEO & Founders on what to do when a top employee leaves

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All startup founders will face an employee quitting. We try to avoid it, but whether it be a more lucrative offer elsewhere or “just wasn’t the right fit,” turnover is an inevitable part of running a business. We asked startup founders what to do after receiving the call.

Trevor Rappleye, CEO of CorporateFilming.com

When a vital team member leaves my company, it hurts. We lose productivity. Clients notice.

The best thing we do: Is Set expectations. Most people are understanding if you just tell them what is honestly going on. …


Interview with Reece Griffin, CEO of MirrorTrip

Interview with Reece Griffin, CEO of MirrorTrip

Tell us about MirrorTrip. What do you do?

For inter-city travel: MirrorTrip is a one way car rental solution that matches you with people driving in the opposite direction — turning one-way trips into a round trip so that you don’t have to pay drop-off fees.

What is your startup’s origin story?

It was the near the end of my 2016 European summer trip. My wife & I drove the south of France and Spain in a rental car. From previous experience driving stateside, I knew that inter-city one-way car rentals were expensive, particularly if you want to drop in another country. …


Interview with Mike Pavlak, CEO & Founder of StashStock

Interview with Mike Pavlak, CEO & Founder of StashStock

Tell us about StashStock. What do you do?

We sell a seed-to-sale cannabis service that insures large scale growers are compliant with the law while also providing business intelligence software. We also sell harvest equipment to them to reduce labor cost and increase productivity.

What is your startup’s origin story?

StashStock was formed in 2015 by a group of technology and Cannabis enthusiasts looking to bring together these wonderful markets. Early on, StashStock was focused on retail solutions that could manage selling medical marijuana to qualified patients. When the legal Cannabis industry came to Michigan, StockStock turned its focus to cultivation tools to help get…


Interview with Brianna Socci, Co-Founder of UBERDOC

Interview with Brianna Socci, Co-Founder of UBERDOC

Tell us about UBERDOC. What do you do?

UBERDOC is a healthcare platform that connects patients to doctors for priority in-person and telemedicine appointments for a transparent price. We have created a marketplace where doctors have the tools to build their digital office and patients have convenient access to specialty care.

What is your startup’s origin story?

Dr. Paula Muto (UBERDOC CEO), is a general and vascular surgeon who has been in solo-private practice for over 25 years. She saw first-hand how difficult it was for her patients to access the healthcare they needed, as well as witnessing her colleagues struggle with complex office technologies and practice…


Interview with John Munn, Founder of ZeroSmart

Interview with John Munn, Founder of ZeroSmart

Tell us about your business. What do you do?

We make people and pets carbon neutral quickly and easily via carbon offsetting, planting trees for the long term and funding quality climate-positive projects to immediately remove more carbon than you contribute to the atmosphere.

What is your startup’s origin story?

My partner and I set up ZeroSmart after looking for ways to do more for the environment and finding it incredibly difficult. My partner is a vegetarian and I am low-meat, we both recycle everything, are very conscious consumers, use eco-energy suppliers, and regularly get involved in initiatives to plant trees etc. However, the more we looked into…


Interview with Giuseppe Milazzo, Founder & CEO of Contapp

Interview with Giuseppe Milazzo, Founder & CEO of Contapp

Tell us about Contapp. What do you do?

Contapp is a COVID friendly, bootstrapped tech startup which becomes your personal business hub, in the form of a streamlined mobile app. It’s the smarter and more convenient way of digitally managing & utilising business cards, whilst helping reduce paper waste globally.

What is your startup’s origin story?

I’m currently on a startup journey to building a mobile app for a much-needed solution; to organise business cards efficiently and reducing paper waste. We officially launched in the app stores at the end of February 2020, just before COVID hit in the UK. However, we managed to turn…

Claire Smith

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