Tikiri Hulugalle
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Tikiri Hulugalle

Broadly speaking my background has been in web design and development. I have also been an account exec at a PR agency, IT manager at Travel Firm and the Office Manager at the Sri Lanka Tourist Board Office in London. I'm now CTO for Frugl

LinkedIn: uk.linkedin.com/in/tikirihulugalle
Twitter: CapricaTix
Central London
Member since April 07, 2014
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Co-Founder & CTO of Frugl: London's only events discovery app for those on a budget! Quote_down
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Education
2003 University of Nottingham , BA , Management Studies

I am a(n):

Entrepreneur

Companies I've founded or co-founded:
Achievements (products built, personal awards won):

Frugl iOS App

If you're an entrepreneur or corporate innovator, why?

To bring to life ideas that may otherwise languish, unappreciated by the world, in someone's head

My favorite startups:

Spotify, Airbnb, Citymapper

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

Taking a concept and making it real - even for a relatively small group of people.
In the case of Frugl, many thought the idea and in particular, the name, was good, but it wasn't until we produced our app that people really got it.
That represents the most frustrating & rewarding thing: having a vision and desperately wanting to get people to see it.
The vision is free - the reality isn't!

What's the No. 1 mistake entrepreneurs/innovators make?

Taking what should be a simple concept and making it complex. Simplicity isn't necessarily a bad thing - in fact it is often a good thing - particularly when building a brand.
Keep things simple for as long as you can.

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

1) Pick the best idea (it may not be one of yours! Deal with it...in private)
2) Surround yourself with the brightest and best that you can BUT make sure your goals and their goals align.
3) Live and breathe your business. Success will come, but some sacrifices have to be made.

Full bio

Broadly speaking my background has been in web design and development. I have maintained a freelance status over the past decade working for small businesses or sole traders.

This has enabled me to learn a lot about businesses purely because of my direct access to the actual ownders. Understanding their business and their future goals was always key to providing them with a great service. 

Banking all these 'real world' strategic business strategies has served me well now that I help run Frugl.

I have also been an account exec at a PR agency, IT manager at Travel Firm and the Office Manager at the Sri Lanka Tourist Board Office in London.

Each of these positions has offered me sometihng in terms of the people I met, the jobs I was asked to do and the vast amount of experince I gained and can still draw inspiration from.

I'm now CTO for Frugl, helping bring our first iOS app to market and planning and designing for the future.