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Prototype Your Idea and Get Paid Fast: Interview with Ara Bagdasarian, Co-Founder, Omnilert

Prototype Your Idea and Get Paid Fast: Interview with Ara Bagdasarian, Co-Founder, Omnilert

When we visited University of Maryland at College Park for the Entrepreneurial Bash, I met up with Ara Bagdasarian , Co-Founder of Omnilert, a mass notification system widely used on college campuses. Ara started Omnilert after his first idea to develop a real estate texting service failed. Inspired by an article about a student murdered in her dorm room, he saw a burning problem: a need to communicate safety information to students. At the time most people were not using text messaging. Despite that, Ara created a prototype for messaging students and set out to see if his idea could pass the critical test of any new business: will a customer pay for it? The answer was yes, but even after securing his first customer the road was not easy. In this interview hear how Omnilert created a superb reputation and how they continue to stay ahead of competition. Ara has great advice for entrepreneurs and lives by the belief that “our customers are our investors”.

About Robert Jordan

Robert Jordan has been launching and growing companies and helping other entrepreneurs do the same for the past 20 years. He has authored book and audio series including How They Did It: Billion Dollar Insights from the Heart of America (RedFlash Press), featuring 45 leading company founders who've created $63 billion in value from scratch, and How They Did It Nightingale-Conant audio program . His startup, Online Access, the first Internet-coverage magazine, landed on the Inc. 500 list of fastest growing companies. His newest endeavors are RedFlash, a strategy execution team, and The Association of Interim Executives, which champions interim management as its own global specialty. You can also find Robert on Google+ and Twitter. View all posts by Robert Jordan

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