Today's Entrepreneur: Paresh Patel

Kristin Karaoglu · January 25, 2012 · Short URL:

No. 1 mistake: Not trusting their gut or instinct

Today's Entrepreneur is Paresh Patel, Founder and CEO of VendScreen.  According to his VEQ Paresh is a thought leader and is good at team motivation and technology design.

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I am a(n):

Companies I've founded or co-founded:
VendScreen, Triad Investments, Courtesy Vending, U Name it Graffix

If you are an entrepreneur, why?
I want to change the world.

What's most frustrating and rewarding about entrepreneurship/innovation?
Most rewarding: Seeing the fruits of your labor -- knowing you made something or came up with something that didn't exist. Most frustrating: how people confuse hard work for luck.

What's the No. 1 mistake entrepreneurs make?
Not trusting their gut or instinct, or not knowing how to recognize it in the first place.

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

  1. If you can envision it, you can make it happen.
  2. Almost everything is negotiable and with creative deal-making, negotiation doesn't have to be zero-sum - it can be win-win.
  3. "The harder I work, the luckier I get" quote is true. Hard work and planning make things look like they were easy to the outside observer.

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

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The VendScreen™ device uses an Android operating system, which can be easily retrofitted into the cutout slot of any vending machine. For the first time in vending, advertising and promotions can be directed at the user of the machine, while the machine itself is kept in compliance with nutritional information disclosures.

VendScreen™ combines a 4.3 inch touchscreen, credit card swipe, near field communications for payments (NFC) and simple connections to DEX and MDB supported by all recent vending machines. VendScreen’s patent pending solution integrates with back end systems like MEI Easitrax and Streamware, ensuring the product and nutritional information displayed matches the contents of the machine.

Unlike other solutions, this device is self-contained and installs on the front of vending machines, requiring no Velcro or complicated in-machine box solutions. VendScreen™ also has an OEM’s version using a larger format screen, which would replace the keypad in existing machines.


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Serial entrepreneur, MBA and PhD.

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