Category: Hate

Interview with AMEX

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Tens of thousands of people are descending on Austin, Texas, this weekend for South by Southwest (or SXSW for those in the know), a nine-day stretch of festivals and conferences designed to highlight the hottest new entrants in the world of music, film, and technology.

Dozens of tech startups launch every year at SXSW Interactive, the technology portion of the event (March 8-12) and usually one or two stand out from the crowd. (Foursquare launched there in 2009, and now has 20 million users.)

Now everyone wants to know what the next Foursquare or Twitter will be. We caught up with the founders of two startups, Jake Banks of Hater and Praneeth Patlola and Zack Biderman of Jobhuk, to learn more about their imminent SXSW launches. Could they be this year’s breakout stars?

Tell us about your companies.
Jake Banks:
 Hater is an app that functions just like Instagram, except instead of posting things you like, you post things you hate. Friends can follow you and hate what you hate too. The app [still pending Apple App Store approval] allows you to pull photos off the Web, filter your photos, then write text on pictures expressing your hatred for things like politicians, traffic jams and annoying celebrities.

Praneeth Patlola: Jobhuk is a crowdsourcing platform designed to help employers find the best prospects for jobs by offering a finder’s fee to anyone who refers them to the successful candidate. Anyone can respond, not just recruiters, and share job postings with their social networks. The service is designed to make it easy and profitable to post and refer people to jobs.
Why do you think your company will shine among so many other startup launches?

JB: Hater is just a great idea. It is a very simple idea and one that is needed in the social media landscape. There is nothing like it.

Zack Biderman: We have a great way to monetize our company [employers pay Jobhuk when a job is landed]. A lot of entrepreneurs have good ideas and users, but don’t have ways to make money. We will be making money from day one.

Are you nervous about launching your company at such a massive event?
JB: Nah, I’m not nervous; I’m excited. I just want to see how people will use the app, how people will react to it.
PP: We are excited, especially about the crowd at SXSW. Most people will be early adopters. They are looking for early stage startups, so it is a perfect place for us to be.

Other than launching your company, what else do you want to get out of SXSW?
JB:
 My goal is to make people aware of the app, the brand, what we are about and what Hater does. I’d also like to meet people who can help me develop the product. I’m looking to bring on an international team to build out the platform in Europe.

ZB:
 Our goal is to get as many employers to post as many jobs as possible during the festival. As soon as we have that, we think the popularity of the service will spread.

 

What advice can you offer other entrepreneurs launching at a big event like SXSW?
JB:
 Try not to plan every day down to the minute. Some of the best meetings you will have will be in the elevator of a hotel. Don’t be stressed to meet all the right people.

ZB:
 Be receptive to feedback. It’s always good to refine your story. 

Read more interviews with rising and successful entrepreneurs

Katie Morell is an independent journalist based in San Francisco. She regularly contributes to Hemispheres, USA Today, Consumers Digest, Destination Weddings & Honeymoons, Crain’s Chicago Business, and others.

Hate List – Part 2

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Social Network:

Don’t you hate it when your parents post on your wall?

I hate Facebook friends that post pictures of food, or selfies, and especially people that post 20 times a day! HATE IT.

Bad Service:

I hate when I have to wait 20 minutes for a table but they keep saying 5 minutes.

I hate when a waiter forgets what I order. I hate it when I can’t get a decent cup of coffee.

Traffic:

I hate when someone cuts me off. I hate when there is so much traffic I am late for work.

I hate speeding tickets, drivers tests, DUI Checkpoints, I hate being behind a slow a driver. I hate it when I cannot find parking. I hate meter maids.

Celebrities:

Bieberfever, I hate when celebrities tweet sponsored ads, I hate when celebrities mash their names together tomcat, Kimye, bennifer, etc.

I hate when celebrities get arrested again and again. I hate reality tv personalities who are celebrities.

Travel:

Hate missing my flight because of long security lines. I hate rude flight attendants. I hate dirty, smelly, taxis.

‘Hate when my seat is right next to the bathroom. I hate people who bring smelly food on the plane. Hate people who kick my seat.

Hate List – Part 1

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Annoying People:

Hate my mon always texting me. Hate ex’s that stalk me and get caught.

Hate my Spanish teacher. Hate sales girls who are pushy. Hate used car salesmen. Hate pick up lines at Starbucks.

Dating:

I hate first dates. Bad breath doesn’t bother. The girl who wears too much makeup. Hate when guys check out other girls at dinner… it’s always obvious.

Hate girls who text the whole time. Hate being set up by married friends. Hate having to write my dating profile, HATE IT!

Fashion:

I hate sideburns and true religion. I hate men who wear moms jeans.

Women who wear yoga paintsall day every day. Bad highlights, camo, heeled sneakers. I hate Canadia Tuxedos.

School:

I hate the dress code, I hate the popular kids, the jocks, and the nerds. I hate crowded hallways. I hate bullies!

I hate friends who want to be cool. I hate it when my teacher gives us a lot of homework over the weekend. I hate how everyone is so phony in school.

Hate For Good:

Use Hater to create awareness for a cause. I hate the fact 14 million children suffer from hunger. I hate cancer! I hate when the local factory dumps toxic materials in the drain.

I hate the fact that over 30 thousand people die from gun violence every year in the US.