Today's Entrepreneur: Mara Lewis

Kristin Karaoglu · April 20, 2012 · Short URL: https://vator.tv/n/25f9

No. 1 mistake: You can have the best startup in the world, but if people don't know about it...

Today's Entrepreneur is Mara Lewis, CEO and Co-Founder of stopped.at. stopped.at is a gamified sharing platform that lets users 'check in' to websites, earn points, and unlock deals from online locations. It's like Foursquare for the Web!

Mara will be speaking at our Vator Spark gamification conference: Get Game. Check out the agenda and register here.

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I am a(n):
Entrepreneur

Companies I've founded or co-founded:
FAQtv, SpeedFeed, Stopped.at

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

My favorite startups:
Fab.com, Pinterest, Airbnb, Foursquare, Dropbox

What's most frustrating and rewarding about entrepreneurship/innovation?
The hardest thing about entrepreneurship is that it's HARD. There is no stability, no guarantee, and no reward for doing the best you can. The more disruptive your scope of vision, the fewer roadmaps there are to guide you, and you're likely to fail a few times before you succeed. However, when your resilience and relentless determination finally wins out, there is no greater reward! Success in this industry is earned by gambling on yourself.

What's the No. 1 mistake entrepreneurs make?
You can have the best startup in the world, but if people don't know about it, it doesn't matter. Founders can get so wrapped up in product dev that they forget to think about how they're going to generate awareness and get users. Having sharable content or a viral gamification component woven into your product is key to getting above the market noise. There's nothing worse than building an awesome product that never takes off, because no one knows about it.

What are the top three lessons you've learned as an entrepreneur?
1. Waiting too long to launch
2. Focusing on raising money (before you have traction)
3. Worrying about what your competitors are doing

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Kristin Karaoglu

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

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stopped.at is a gamified sharing platform that lets users 'check in' to websites, earn points, and unlock deals from online locations. It's like Foursquare for the Web! 

  • Earn reward points each time you check-in and redeem them for prizes (like gift cards, movie tickets, and more!)
  • Unlock special deals (like coupon codes, giveaways, and free shipping) by checking in to participating websites and online stores. 
  • Back on the stopped.at website, browse the Live Check In Feed to discover trending websites, find online stores with deals, and see what others are doing online
  • Build a Personal Catalog of the website you visit, curate your check-ins by category, and share your favorite websites with friends and followers! 
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