Are you an entrepreneur with a thirst for knowledge?
In this interview, you'll hear from a young entrepreneur who has successfully started and run businesses in several industries. He offers valuable insights into the challenges and rewards of being an entrepreneur and provides tips for aspiring business owners.
Justin Kuehn is an entrepreneur and startup founder dedicated to scaling businesses. He holds a degree in Technological Entrepreneurship & Management from the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering & W.P. Carey School of Business. He specialized in understanding supply chains, investment banking, prototyping and modeling (CAD), and entrepreneurship.
As a self-taught programmer, Justin has the skills and knowledge to develop and launch new products and services. He has also gained valuable experience in marketing, sales, and management through his work with startups. In addition, Justin's passion for entrepreneurship and his commitment to helping others achieve their business goals make him an invaluable asset to any startup team.
In this edition of Next Up, Justin will share his insights on what it takes to be a successful founder. If you want to start your own business, this is a must-read!
What motivated you to start your company?
I have a few different firms, but I started my marketing company because COVID stripped me from my ability to do a study abroad trip/internship. Then, I joined Triangle because I thought it was a unique solution to self-tour technology that currently doesn't exist.
And finally, I wanted to start WalkOn because I believe it is a one-of-a-kind way to be able to teach people how to play sports. Not only by allowing them to grasp concepts online but by being able to afford to learn anywhere in the world. We have the potential to help athletes all over the world know how to play.
Can you share a story about the funniest mistake when you first started? Then, can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?
One of the funnier stories I have from starting Intuico Digital (a marketing Company) was that we decided to try and cold call people during the pandemic to get clients.
These were your average mom & pop restaurants and shops. Unfortunately, we gravely miscalculated the state of the economy and companies' cash in reserves. Getting clients to pay you money when they aren't making any was pretty tricky. That lesson taught me a lot, though.
Through that, I learned how to persevere through the toughest of times.
What do you have planned for the future?
As for what is in store for my future, I am excited to release multiple applications to the app store in the next few months with Triangle. In addition, I look forward to working with investors to help get WalkOn to the next level. As well as hopefully hiring a CTO to help further the application development.
What did you want to be as a 12-year-old?
As far back as I can go, there are two things I set out to be in life: A professional basketball player and an entrepreneur. Someone that controls their destiny, that's what I've always wanted, and that's what I've been able to do up until this point. So I am very grateful that I've landed where I have.
What is the most significant risk facing your company?
Triangle has a few risks, mainly a technology adverse real estate market. Although the market is constantly evolving, we still feel it is a little slower than anticipated. Thus, the greatest challenge is overcoming this technological hurdle and being able to offer great products in the meantime.
What keeps you up at night?
The inability to know whether your ideas will progress into actual companies keeps me up at night. Will you have employees? Will you get funding? Will you struggle even to get your first customer? All of these things that keep other entrepreneurs up keep me up.
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