Who says technology is just for work? LoveByte shows how technology can work magically to build relationships. The mobile application has so many fun features (especially the scratch card!) that makes the traditional chat applications look less exciting. Stay connected, stay in love with LoveByte!
Ideascrunch had the privilege of an exclusive e-interview with Amelia Chen (Co-Founder and CEO) of LoveByte to gain juicy insights into what it takes to run a Tech Startup built on LOVE!
What is your company about?
LoveByte (lovebyte.us) is a mobile application that helps couples stay loving by documenting their love journey and treasuring the special memories in a private, virtual space for two. In short, it’s a private ‘Facebook’ or journal for a couple.
You can download the app on iOS or Android to take a look.
What is the greatest thing about your company?
It’s literally built on LOVE. 😛 Our team is dedicated and passionate about the idea, and that’s how my co-founder (Steve Sng) and I got started. Over time, we also grew the team to hire a designer (Julia Lin) and a developer (Ben Ng) and we’re really focused on building a useful product for couples. Our vision is to help couples stay loving.
How did you come up with the name for your company?
Steve’s idea actually. I think he wanted something that’s short, easy to pronounce and remember, and it has a tongue-in-cheek meaning to it.
How did you get funded initially?
We were initially rejected when we pitched our ideas. However, that doesn’t mean that we gave up. Investors told us that the idea would NEVER work. Plus, we were first-time entrepreneurs who probably didn’t fully understand what we were getting into. Were we disappointed and *hurt*? Yes, but we decided to prove them wrong and continued building our MVP (minimal viable product) to show a prototype.
With the MVP, we were able to gain trust and credibility. Our investors (Crystal Horse Investments) believed in our skills and we proceeded with local government iJam scheme. Ruvento Ventures came along when they were impressed by our pitch at a Girls in Tech Singapore event.
What time do you usually start work each day?
HAHA. Very sensitive question. Technically, it’s round-the-clock. But understanding how important it is to avoid burnout, we make sure we take time off to pursue our own personal goals and hobbies.
Work time is officially 9.30- 6.30pm, but we also have our Fun Fridays where we spend half an afternoon to brainstorm and conceptualize new, fun features that we think will add value to LoveByte users. 🙂
When is the last time you went on vacation in 3 years and where did you go?
I recently got back from a 3 week vacation in Italy and Germany… If not for my sister’s wedding in Tuscany, I think I’d never have the chance. During then, I had my “digital detox” — there was limited access to WiFi so I was more “in the moment” and not get caught up in taking pictures then immediately posting them to Instagram real-time.
I also stayed away from checking work emails, doing minimal work during that 3 weeks. On the whole, it made the trip very relaxing and I felt very carefree. Needless to say, when I got back I felt very recharged and ready to challenge the world again.
What is the very first thing you do at work every day?
We have “stand-up meetings” with the team, so we report to each other what we accomplished yesterday and what are the tasks we will focus on for the day. It helps us keep each other accountable.
I find it important to write down the 3 things that I intend to accomplish by the end of the day. Ticking off the checklist is very therapeutic for me.
Do you work from home, office or a cafe?
We work from a co-working space at blk71 @ one-north. It’s buzzing with a lot of startups so it’s quite there’s a cool community here.
On weekends, I do work from home, but I try to keep it to a minimal.
Where do you see your company in 5 Years?
(Hard to give an answer. We never know. We will always keep changing and pivoting until we find the right market fit)
How many people did you start the company with and how many people work for you now?
For employees, it’s 1 designer and 1 developer.
My Cofounder is CTO (Chief Technology/To-Do officer) and I’m CEO (Chief Everything Officer, Haha but I like the title Chief Happiness Officer more!)
What’s the top 5 Struggles you face as an Entrepreneur?
Can’t hire top talent
How many failed startups were you involved in before this?
I worked on a deal aggregator Dealzilla before this – but cannot say it failed. We did have paying customers, just not enough resources to scale. We began with nothing, we left with something – so I’m very thankful for the learning experience anyhow. We moved on before the group-buying bubble burst! I came to start LoveByte.
Are you a coffee person? What brand do your drink?
I don’t know why everyone likes coffee. I actually prefer tea! I love green tea and have it on most mornings.
At which point will you consider yourself a successful entrepreneur?
I don’t know. We just keep going and learning along the way.
What inspires you? Or Who?
Sheryl Sandberg. I’m a fan of “Lean In” and love her cause to inspire more women leaders. I think it’s time that more women be comfortable with leading and I am happy it’s starting to change. 🙂
Do you have an inspiring quote which you like to share?
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
― Theodore Roosevelt
What advice do you have for fellow entrepreneurs getting started?
Just do it. Believe in yourself – your mind is more powerful than you think. Stay positive and things can never get THAT bad.
Top 5 websites you couldn’t live without and why?
Google (gmail, gdrive, search, translate)
Top 5 mobile apps you’re in love with and why?
Coursera (learning on the go! woohoo)
LINE (cute stickers!!!)
Cal (never forget appointments)
Toshl (Track personal spendings)
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