Garrett Gee and his company Scan.me is giving us the ability to create and share our own personal QR Codes.

Entrepreneur Interview with Garrett Gee founder of Scan.me. With more than 20 million downloads across the web, this new technology is giving us the ability to create  and share our own personal QR Codes. 

“Talking about ideas and making business plans won’t build a product…building a product will.” – Garrett Gee

Q:  Garrett thanks for the chat. Scan.me seems like such a unique idea so tell us what exactly does it do?

Garrett:  Scan enables digital actions in the real world through mobile transaction technologies such as QR codes, NFC, and image recognition.

Q:  What are some of the projects you’re working on right now? 

Garrett:  We’re just about to launch an update to the website. Creating a QR code on Scan.me is currently a simple 3 step process. We’re working hard to make it even easier, turning 3 steps into 3 clicks.

Q:  What’s the total number of users for Scan.me, and how do you plan to keep growing? 

Garrett:  We’ve just recently passed a total of 20 million installs across web, iOS, Android, and Windows. Our theory from the beginning and moving forward is to create product so valuable that it markets itself.

Q:  Share a few tips and advice for new entrepreneurs on how to bring new ideas to life.

Garrett:   Get to work. Talking about ideas and making business plans won’t build a product…building a product will. 

Q:  Starting out what the worst mistake you made, and what did you learn from it? 

Garrett:  When we received our initially funding we stopped acting like a young startup and tried to become more of a business. We quickly grew from 3 co-founders to a business of 12. Fortunately, we quickly realized our mistake and cleaned the team back down to a current 5. For these early days, we are much for effective with a proactive and skilled 5.

Q:  In your opinion what’s the secret formula for success?

Garrett:  I think each individual and business has their own formula that they need to find and perfect. So far for me, it has been a combination of doing what I love to do with those I enjoy doing it with, and then sincerely working my hardest to create something of true value.  

Q:  What was the best entrepreneurial advice you have ever been given? 

Garrett:  The advice: “Make your presentation to investors 80% financials, numbers, and stats and then 20% product and team.” In all honestly it that was probably the worst advice I’ve been given. Thankfully however, it was that advice that taught me early on that I need to be my own person and create my own unique path. What works for one person, doesn’t work for everyone. 

 Q:  Besides the obvious social media apps out there, what are the top 3 must have apps for entrepreneurs?

 1) A task management app that works for you.

2) A journal app where you can be sure and record all your adventures and lessons along the way.

3) 0 games.  

Q:  What is your favorite entrepreneurship quote? 

 “Comfort never was happiness.” – LG Neville 

Connect with Garrett Gee

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