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As a young professional it is getting more and more difficult to connect with other people in the same stage of life. With telecommuting becoming the norm, an office environment is becoming a thing of the past, and so is socializing with like-minded people in your age range and field.

Ty Richardson recognized that and decided it needed to change, so like anyone with the entrepreneurial spirit, he did something about it. YoPro Global is a social network dedicated to recent graduates and young professionals that that allows them to network socially and professionally.

I spoke to the Founder about why his company stands out from the rest.

What is YoPro?

YoPro is a social community graduates and young professionals can use to get together, meet each other, find resources and get advice, personally, professionally or just socialize.

 


What was the inspiration?

In my 20s I traveled the world and lived in four cities in different countries and it's always been hard to meet people my age who were also career minded and success driven. I wanted to change that and create a support network for people like me. It's a lonely place out there.

How has business been doing since you started?

Business is slow because we're fighting amongst the noise- we've had slow uptake in trying to get the word out but we're embarking on some new strategies to help with that.

What has your biggest failure been with YoPro?

Not having a consistent developer- I chose to hire in-house rather than outsource but with limited funds and we hired one person who couldn't do the job and were left to fix the product- we're hoping to fix that once we get funding in the next month.

 

 

What has your biggest success been?

Validating the product- though a small number, people did sign up. That told us that people, worldwide, are interested- not we just have to give them value, which we're working on.

What about your service is unique that your competitors can't offer?

Our profile and our community approach- none of our existing competition can change their product to adapt to what we're building without a significant infrastructure change- we're in a sweet spot.

 

 


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