OurStartupHub: Voytech Pasztorik
The business founder talks about why his incubator start-up is different from any other and the importance of entrepreneurship
Name: Voytech Pasztorik
Company name: OurStartupHub
Date launched: 21/09/2015
Tell us what your business does:
We have created a completely new type of incubator. We find your perfect peer mentors and business friends based on common visions and personality but with completely different skills and experiences.
Our incubator is global, on-line and is open all the time. There is no limitation to the number of members and industries. There are no cycles. We do not take any equity. You could join whether you have a business idea or you would like to join others who have. The only condition is that you will help other members of the community in exchange for the help that you’ve got.
The main goal is to enable simple access to a huge amount of information for each member of the community.
Where did the idea for your business come from?
We carefully analysed the current options and realised that we couldn’t find the perfect one for the people who have nothing else than a business idea. There isn’t a single perfect recipe how to create a network. We will change it.
And as you might think, we love to help. It is a big part of our personalities. We aim to create something meaningful and helpful. The money is on the list, but not in the top five. Maybe not even in top ten.
How did you know there was a market for it?
Investors and accelerators are amazing and useful part of the start-up infrastructure but the problem is that they are focusing on the top 1% and the are only looking for a company heading towards a huge IPO.
We are completely different. We love people who don’t have multi-billion ambitions. We welcome people who don’t have a deep knowledge of the industry they are going into. This is the moment where the power of the large community steps into the process. Everybody has a skill or a set of experiences that could be exchanged for those they lack. Thanks to amazing companies we share our houses and cars. Why couldn’t we share our skills and wisdom? People just starting a business need honest feedbacks about their products to be able to adjust them and we offer this.
What were you doing before starting up?
I was always the operations guy, leading teams and product development. I have experience both with physical products and services as well. This is the third company I have started.
Our CTO was working in both front and back-end development. He studied computer science and has experience in product development. We have a rather different approach to problems, but share the same vision and always meet on the half way to the solution.
Have you always wanted to run your own business?
Yes! Entrepreneurship is one of the most powerful tools to change the world around us and the ways how we do and create things.
How did you raise the money?
We are bootstrapping.
Describe your business model and how you make money:
Members are prohibited from charging for the help and information they give to other members, nor can they advertise on the site. We do not allow and won’t allow in the future either the access to any advertiser. No corporate accounts, no banners.
We will introduce a monthly membership fee. One affordable flat fee with access to all our services, no tricks. There won’t be any levels of membership, everybody is equal.
OurStartupHub will always belong to the community. Our responsibility is to improve the service and the experience the community has and will have.
What challenges have you faced and how have you overcome them?
Although we have spent months preparing the product, we just launched a few weeks ago so we face the same challenges as any other fair start-up faces.
Building the brand, finding customers, developing the product, you name it. It’s not easy to be a start-up.
What was your first big breakthrough?
It’s too soon to talk about breakthroughs, but we are very pleased by the reactions of the people who use the platform. It gives us loads of energy. That support is amazing.
What advice would you give to budding entrepreneurs?
Tenacity, perseverance and elimination of the luck factor.
I read somewhere that you have to have huge goals and make little steps towards them. I think it’s a brilliant quote.
Where do you want to be in five years’ time?
We would love to become millionaires, but that kind of millionaires who helped millions of people.
As a brand, we would like to be recognised and recommended as the place where to go to utilise the enormous collective wisdom and the power of the community made by future entrepreneurs.