TECHNICAL.LY - Sep 15 - The founder of dating app Cheekd chatted about her experience building her Bluetooth-powered app.
Q: How do you convince people to try your app?
A: I say that Cheekd is not really online dating. It’s to make ice-breaking connections in the real world. After setting up your page and what you're looking for, Cheekd will then send you notifications when a potential match is within 30 feet of you.
Q: You come from 15 years in architecture. Have you taken anything from that experience to the startup life?
A: My background in design has come in handy. I've got an eye for detail which has helped streamlining the UX and design of our app.
Q: Do you see any potential for the tech behind Cheekd for something other than love?
A: Absolutely! Our app is a Bluetooth app so notifies you when someone comes within a 30-foot radius of you. It will be great for conferences and networking events.
Q: What have you learned?
A: Team is everything. The technical aspect of my business has been one of the bigger challenges, and it's the one thing I definitely would have approached differently from day one. I needed a CTO.
Q: How has your experience on ABC's Shark Tank affected your career?
A: After getting shot down by all five Sharks, I looked them in the eye, and said, "Trust that you’ll all see me again."