Today's Entrepreneur: Dan Kurani

Kristin Karaoglu · December 12, 2011 · Short URL:

No. 1 mistake: Not finding a balance between the market and their vision

Today's Entrepreneur is Dan Kurani, Co-Founder and CEO of Thumb. According to his VEQ Dan is a  thought leader and is good at product management, technology design.

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I am a(n):

Companies I've founded or co-founded:
Kurani Interactive (Interactive Agency) and Thumb

Startups I worked for:
If you are an entrepreneur, why?
I like to build things that make people happy.

My favorite startups:
Path, Zynga, and Facebook

What's most frustrating and rewarding about entrepreneurship/innovation?

Frustrating: Things play out a bit slower than anticipated

Rewarding: Seeing a user’s reaction to a new feature

What's the No. 1 mistake entrepreneurs make?

Not finding a balance between listening to the market and being committed to their vision. When there is an imbalance, it can result in not enough focus, too many projects, over-featuring, or inversely, a stubborn broken-clock syndrome that results in a low probability of success and the likelihood that a real consumer "need" goes unsolved.

What are the top three lessons you've learned as an entrepreneur?

1. It okay to be afraid, but you have to do it anyway
2. Rockstars are 10x+ as productive as non-rockstars
3. It’s never as big of a deal as you first might think, but you have to keep addressing each thing that way so the even the most minute details are perfect

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Kristin Karaoglu

Woman of many skills: Database System Engineer; SplashX event producer; Author of Startup Teams

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Thumb, formerly known as Opinionaided, is an addictive free app that allows consumers to use their iPhone, iPod Touch, and Android device to give and receive advice and opinions in real-time. Based in New York City, the company provides one of the most addictive experiences on mobile. Users can also experience Thumb at

"A user can post a question and receive a deluge of responses instantly, in real-time.” - Vator

"It is not like the myriad of questions and answers apps and websites that have popped in the last year requiring you to carefully craft content out of fear of being rejected or ridiculed (*cough* Quora *cough*). It’s simple, and I love simple." - IntoMobile

"... Angry Birds-like addictive quality to the application. The app works fast.”  - Portfolio

- Get opinions & advice fast from tons of people
- Vote & comment on questions to help others
- Review responses instantly in results
- Meet people who like the same stuff as you

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