June 14, 2013
The Gumbo Team
What’s Gumbo and how does it work?
Gumbo is a simple and easy-to-use website builder for restaurant owners. We make it easy for anyone to update and edit their specials with the click of a few buttons.
What’s the social implication of Gumbo?
We’re looking to elevate and improve a restaurant’s online image while making it affordable and easy-to-use. Every restaurant deserves to shine online and offline—whether it’s the little sandwich place across the street or that new izakaya that opened downtown.
How did you come up with the idea?
My co-founder and I are big restaurant goers. So much so that haven’t packed a lunch in over half a decade. We were finding it increasingly frustrating to navigate our favourite restaurant websites and rather than brush it off as the restauranteur’s fault we decided it was worth putting our skills to good use.
How did you guys find/meet each other?
We’ve been in the startup game for a while and met whilst working together at a startup. Everyday over lunch we’d discuss starting something ourselves. It’s kind of ironic when you think about what we ended up deciding to do.
Why did you decide to go down the startup-route instead of getting a (or keeping your) 9-5 job, perhaps in a large corporate?
We both actually have experienced both types of environments. I won’t say anything too negative about large corporate structures; it’s a vague term and there are a few gems out there. I also hate using the term startup. The main thing that drew us to working with small businesses is how much of a difference you can make versus working in a large corporation.
In my opinion, life’s just too short and to be spending it sitting at a desk for eight hours a day just browsing Facebook or Reddit (admit it, you were probably doing that just a minute ago) isn’t what I would define as fulfilling.
Are you guys angel funded or VC backed already? If not, are you looking to raise money and what expertise would you require from an investor?
We’re currently self-funded and aren’t looking for any investment just this moment. We are a small team and at this time would prefer to focus our attention on addressing our customers’ needs.
What piece of advice would you give to 9-5ers who are dreaming to startup their own web venture?
Talk to your (potential) customers. Have actual conversations with your customers and figure out what problems need solving. If you’re worried they won’t have anything to tell you, trust me; if there’s something people are good at, it’s knowing when something isn’t working for them.