Firmology’s How I Power My Business series profiles the technology business owners use to run and grow their business.
Name: Jun Loayza
Businesses: Lion Step Media, Passport Peru, Minted Republic, Fashion Blogger Network
Location: San Francisco, CA
Smartphone: iPhone 4S
Tablet: iPad – but I rarely use it.
Computer: Just bought a new Macbook Air. Absolutely love it.
Other Gadgets: Nikon D3000
What’s the story behind your businesses?
- Fundraising takes a LONG time
- It’s foolish to focus on fundraising and a user-base as oppose to focusing on profitability
- Business-focused entrepreneurs have a big disadvantage in the tech world
What apps or services are essential to the operations of your business?
My team and I use Basecamp to stay organized. It’s inexpensive and allows us to manage all of our projects and clients within one platform.
What apps, services or gadgets do you recommend to other business owners?
Virtual assistant: I found my virtual assistant via Elance. She helps keep my contacts organized, leads some social media projects for my clients, and does miscellaneous work that just requires some attention to detail and elbow grease.
No office space: My entire team is virtual, which means we save a ton by not having an office space. We use Google Hangouts or Skype to do conferences calls when needed and stay organized with Basecamp.
Favorite mobile app(s)?
Instagram: great way for ecommerce stores to build a following and sell products online.
Favorite personal app(s)?
Camera+: I’m no photographer, but this app for the iPhone makes me feel like one.