Kevin Carr is a great guy; I have had dinner with him on multiple occasions and I can honestly say that he doesn’t have a bad bone in his body. He’s also one of those guys that is always positive, which is a definite plus for an entrepreneur and it’s a breath of fresh air… well, you get the picture.
Kevin has been a Resident at the CSUF Startup Incubator for a few months now diligently working on developing his business idea, called “my contact”. If you have ever met Kevin chances are you already know what this business will be doing for customers once it launches its suite of services. If you haven’t met him, and you definitely should, he’s at almost all of our events, so drop by to say “hi” if you have the time.
Today, my contact was featured in CSUF News; here’s a little bit about what Kevin’s business will do for its customers:
Kevin Carr has a vision: “Imagine a world without unwanted telemarketing calls and emails.”
While attending Cal State Fullerton, he developed the vision into a plan. And today, my contact™, is in early stage development. “We restore individuals’ privacy by rendering their contact information useless to telemarketers and email spammers,” explains the Class of ’98 business alumnus.
Carr’s budding business is one of 12 with multiple student/alumni founders starting their companies in the business incubator operated by the University’s Center for Entrepreneurship in Placentia.
Here’s a little more from the story, this time it’s about what Kevin’s experience with the CSUF Startup Incubator has been like so far:
“It’s easy to write down an idea on a napkin, but making it real is a whole different story. Working with the incubator keeps me focused on my goal,” says Carr. “Everyone at the incubator is at different stages in their projects, so it gives us an opportunity to learn together and from those who have been working on their project for a while.”
As part of the incubator residency, participants are offered assistance for business model validation, customer identification, formation as a legal entity, business plan revision and determination of necessary funding.
“After being accepted into the CSUF Startup Incubator, I was assigned a mentor,” explains Carr. “We meet weekly to go over the project and follow a plan that will help bring the idea to fruition.
“The best part about the incubator is the weekly feedback that I get from my mentor. Having a mentor gives me an opportunity to learn from someone, one- on-one, who has experience with start-ups while giving me an ‘outside-looking- in’ perspective,” he says. “And, my mentor helps to hold me accountable so I am more likely to complete the research, stay focused on the goal and move the project forward.”
To read the rest of the story on Kevin please click here.
And, as you know, we are always looking for new Residents at the CSUF Startup Incubator. We are looking for creative people with innovative ideas and a willingness to be coached. If you think you fit that bill why don’t you send me an email at email@example.com and we can set up a meeting to talk further about what the CSUF Startup Incubator can do for your entrepreneurial dreams.
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