LINKD – the ups and downs

LINKD - the ups and downs
LINKD - the ups and downs

LINKD is a dating app for single professionals. The app allows you to make a detailed profile and see how you and your matches compare on a variety of personality traits. SME caught up with CEO and founder Patric Okumi to find out the highs and lows the businesses has encountered so far…

What have been your biggest challenges? How did you overcome them?

I think most people have had similar ideas to hugely popular products in the world today. The key is of course how many of these people actually do something about it. This is always something that is unnerving however motivating. In addition to the risk that someone else out there is trying to build a similar product, one has to face the grim reality that bigger better funded companies with millions of users may have the same lightbulb moment and divert some millions to building what we have built. However we found that the best way to deal with this was to simply focus on our mission and work harder and more effectively.

What have been your greatest successes?

Definitely our Apple AppStore approval. I still remember the first time I saw “Pending Developer Release” – fantastic feeling. Apple are extremely meticulous regarding the Apps they approve for download so to make that grade was a tremendous relief and meant that our hard work over the months hadn’t been in vain.

What are your top tips for SMEs?

I think one of the most important tips is to back yourself – at an early stage it’s very easy to be swayed by the thoughts of others. I quite like the mantra “If it’s to be, it’s up to me”. If you believe in something go for it – if it doesn’t work then you know it wasn’t someone else’s fault so you have closure.

Second tip is to recognise the importance of building the right team. A famous Steve Jobs quote ends with ‘we hire smart people so they can tell us what to do’. Nothing is more comforting than knowing you’re working with highly autonomous people as committed as you.