BIT Startup of the Week: ShearShare
Tye and Courtney Caldwell are tech visionaries whose goal is to disrupt the $265 billion beauty industry. Together, they are American businessmen, philanthropists, and entrepreneurs whose aim is to help beauty professionals build efficient, passion-filled businesses.
Q: Who Founded your company?
A: Tye Caldwell, cofounder & CEO and Courtney Caldwell, cofounder & COO
Q: Give us a brief summary of your background in tech
A: This is our first foray as startup founders. Courtney has worked in technology marketing for companies such as Oracle, Zendesk, RightNow Technologies, Qualtrics, but that’s the closest we come to being technical cofounders.
Q: Tell us about your company, what does your company do or make?
A: ShearShare connects salon and barbershop owners to individual cosmetologists to fill unused salon suites and stations on a temporary basis. Salon owners make money on their excess inventory. Licensed cosmetologists lease suites and booths by the day.
Q: What problem does your company aim to solve?
A: We solve challenges on both sides of the coin: (1) ShearShare helps salon and barbershop owners monetize every stylist suite or barber station in their salon and (2) ShearShare enables cosmetologists and barbers to lease professional salon space at their convenience . . . whenever, wherever!
Q: How does the current version of your product solve that problem?
A: The Android version of ShearShare is available today as a free download on the Google Play Store; iOS version releases next month. The ShearShare mobile app lists available salon and barbershop inventory in over 150 cities that cosmetologists can search, filter, and book directly from the app.
Q: What is your company’s mission?
A: Our mission is to commoditize salon and barbershop space. ShearShare is about access over ownership, community over competition.
Q: What has been your biggest challenge as a startup founder?
A: Our biggest challenge as startup founders was realizing that our idea is bigger than the two of us.
Q: Did you ever feel like giving up?
A: Absolutely not. This course is not for the weary, and some days are definitely tougher than others . . .but if you have the right supporters in your corner and truly believe that this is what you were created to do, you find ways to keep going.
Q: What lessons did you learn from that challenge?
A: Believe in yourself. Learn fast. Iterate faster. Keep pushing because it’s a journey!
Q: What has been your biggest victory?
A: Actually seeing the ShearShare app come to life and downloaded on people’s phones.
Q: How did it make you feel?
A: Seeing the app live made us feel like we should have taken this journey earlier.
Q: What lessons have you learned from your successes?
A: That nothing moves unless you make it move. When you’re creating something that didn’t exist before, only you can breathe life into it.
Q: If you could only give one piece of advice to an aspiring tech startup founder, what would it be?
A: Keep going! Don’t give up. Do not let your dream die inside you.
Q: Has your company received funding? If so, what type of funding? From who?
A: No funding received to date. ShearShare is 100% Texas bootstrapped! 🙂
Q: How can users find more info on your company?
Q: Where can they download the app?
A: The Android version of ShearShare is available today as a free download on the Google Play Store; iOS version releases next month.
Q: How can people contact/follow you/your company?
A: ShearShare is on Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn. Interested parties can phone us at (562) 7SHEARS or email our team at email@example.com
Twitter ShearShare is on Twitter and Instagram under @ShearShare
Email our team at firstname.lastname@example.org
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