Bootstrapping your big idea – Rebecca Kelly
Rebecca is Co-Founder & CEO at VenueScanner.com.
VenueScanner has grown rapidly in the past two years recently exceeding 19000 registered venues on the app. This journey hasn’t been easy and Rebecca came on the podcast to discuss bootstrapping this startup. Andy asks why Rebecca wanted to leave the security of a well-paid job to go it alone starting a business and how does she attract the best tech talent to her business.
VenueScanner.com is the UK’s #1 venue discovery & booking platform, now live in London, Manchester, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Birmingham, Bristol. Their mission is to help you discover venues that you never knew existed – creative spaces, hidden restaurant, and pub function rooms, iconic school halls, curated public gardens, historical museum spaces and more.
Podcast Show Notes:
00.31 A mix between Airbnb and Skyscanner for venues.
01.58 From investment management to business owner.
05.05 Bootstrapping VenueScanner.
07.52 Why sacrifice a comfortable career to start your own business?
10.48 Hitting 19000 venues on the VenueScanner app.
12.22 Dragging independant venues into the 21st century.
13.40 After hiring 5 people you need to start thinking about culture.
16.00 How to stand out to candidates in a crowded market.
18.11 Looking outside of London for talent.
22.02 The trade-off between time and fundraising.
24.11 Creating the go-to platform for event planning globally.