Garrett Gee and his company Scan.me 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