We all love receiving gifts, be it Christmas, birthdays, or just any occasion. But what makes a few people cringe from accepting presents is the useless vase or the hideous sweater or the book they would never read. We all have an imaginary wish list tucked somewhere in the corner of our minds that contains all the things we wish to receive as gifts but do we ever pen that list down? Nah! We never do. The perfect solution to this is WishBooklet.
WishBooklet is an easy way to share the gifts you want to receive from your friends and family and get them to pitch in money towards the gifts. Think of it as kick starter for gifts. On WishBooklet you can easily add items from any online store to your wish list, share this list online, and crowd fund gifts with your friends and family. On WishBooklet you get what you really want and nobody has to pay a ton of money to get it for you. Facing the same problems of gifting, Eric Santos and Erik Montes hatched the idea of WishBooklet.
Here’s an excerpt from our rendezvous with Eric.
Tell us a bit about your background and the path that ultimately led you towards WishBooklet
I come from an entrepreneurial background. I studied entrepreneurship in college and started my first tech company in my senior year during the program. WishBooklet is actually my third startup. My friend Erik originally came up with the concept for WishBooklet during a hackathon. He pretty much built the whole app during this hackathon but put it on the backburner afterwards. I eventually teamed up with him to bring WishBooklet to the masses.
What are the key milestones for the next 6 – 12 months?
Raise a seed round, finish mobile and grow ridiculously fast! 😉
What is the biggest hurdle you have faced or are still facing?
Educating our users about how crowd funding works. We’ve been creating and putting out a lot more crowd funding content to help with this.
Has your platform got the feedback and growth you expected since launch?
Feedback and growth has been great. We’ve been received well in the media and have been featured on Mashable, Examiner, ABC30, Tech Cocktail and other publications. Of course we’d love to be growing faster, but we are happy with our current pace.
Do you have any new features in the pipeline?
It’s not a feature, but we’re working on a really cool API that we will be offering to e-commerce sites. Can’t get into the details too much yet, but it’s going to be really cool.
If not for WishBooklet, where would you be now?
I’m an entrepreneur by heart, so I would probably be working on some other venture.
What is one startup that has recently caught your interest?
I’ve recently become a big fan of Uber. They’re making big waves for sure.
Who inspires you the most?
Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg, and Drake “Drizzy” Rodgers.
What one piece of advice would you give to soon to be startup founders?
Dream big, start small. We all have big romantic ideas that will change the world but always start with servicing a targetable market.
WishBooklet is an easy way to share gifts from any online store with your friends and family and let them to pitch in to get them for you. Finally, here’s your chance to hint your friends on those shoes you have wanted to get for ages! Do check out Wishbooklet and let us know if your wishes did come true!