Featured on Jun 04, 2012
"I have been enjoying getting immersed into the vibrant culture of Silicone "Alley."
Jonathon Ende graduated from Emory University with a degree in business and double major in philosophy. He immediately began his entrepreneurial pursuit and started his first company in Southern Florida. The roller coaster of a career as an entrepreneur began as he started his first company and then many to follow. While he has the habit to be working on many companies at once, after the sale of his last company to a publicly traded company he has set all his attention on bizodo.com. His mission is to turn bizodo into the easiest way online to not only collect information, but manage it. Jonathon absolutely hates paper and looks forward to using bizodo to automate the paperwork process and save tons of ink.
- Title: CEO, bizodo
- Age: 29
- Location: Garment District
- Contact: @helloodo
Having the "habit of working on many companies at once" how did you realize that bizodo.com was the one project that you wanted to invest all your time in? You have 10 startups under your belt- which one was the most memorable? Which one did you learn the most from?
I think the saying is “when you know, you know.” I am extremely passionate (and a little OCD) about increasing business efficiency which is why I am so excited about bizodo and its potential to help hundreds and thousands of companies grow. I have done businesses in a wide array of industries and was able to take lessons and skills from my other ventures to bizodo. Bizodo is a “start up” but I founded the company over a year ago and it has definitely proven to be my most memorable start up yet! Having a tech start up is truly a roller coaster and it has been a terrific learning experience riding bizodo on the ups and downs (luckily more ups then downs!). The best advice I could give to a start up is find and evaluate your Minimum Viable Product (MVP) quickly and constantly. We are constantly adding and analyzing new tools and features within bizodo and measuring their effectiveness and success.
I noticed you said that NY was a "welcome change" from Southern Florida; mind telling us a few things in particular you enjoy about the tech culture here in the city?
You can feel the excitement in the air in the NYC tech community right now. I almost feel like it is the tech equivalent of Warhol’s NYC art community in the 80’s. There is no shortage of tech talk. That is one of the reasons we founded our technology share space, the Hatchery500; to continue to build new places for people in the community to collaborate, foster ideas, and grow. NYC is definitely earning its nickname as “Silicone Alley” and it is going to be incredible to see the companies that are built here in the years to come.
I noticed you're a board member at Hatchery500. As someone who's involved in an incubator/techspace, have you noticed any tech trends that we should be on the lookout for? Certain sectors that tech startups are becoming more involved in?
I have been seeing a lot of the “X for Y” companies i.e. airbnb for dogs or a facebook for private clubs. I think we are going to see a lot of exciting business models applied to new sectors in innovative ways. Another trend I can see is people quitting their day jobs! Places like the Hatchery500 make it easy to say goodbye to the 9 to 5 and have a place where they can go to help give them access to offices, support, and learning. I am also a big believer in Web 3.0, which is going be a more tailored and customized online experience i.e. stop sending me offers for a bikini wax. Customers are going to start expecting that you know what they like and how to market to them. That is what makes bizodo so powerful; we don’t just let you collect info online easily but we help you use that info to provide a better experience for your customers.