Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Ray Hernandez > www.MyBabyOurBaby.com

Ray Hernandez, Founder and CEO

What do you need to be an entrepreneur?
You need to be able to finish things on your own. There will always be people saying they're willing to help, but if you can't make things happen on your own. It's going to be hard to get your business rolling.

What did inspire you to start your business?
All of my friends were starting to have children. Since I was the "web designer guy" I kept getting asked to design and build websites for their kids. Instead of doing it one at a time, I decided to build a system where parents everywhere could have a free website for their kids.

How did you finance it?
With all the change I found in my couch. Which wasn't much.

Being Hispanic?Does it have any influence on your business?
Yes it does. Hispanics tend to be very family oriented, and my business is all about bringing family and friends together.

In the face of adversity, how do you decide to keep going?
My family is always my inspiration. I want to make a better life for them, so I always push forward.

What is the biggest challenge your business has faced?
Finding resources to grow. It takes a lot of time, money, and code to keep a site like this alive and growing.

If you could change one thing about your business, what would it be?
I would have looked at venture financing, from the beginning. When you're financed you can focus on the goal.

What was your childhood ambition?
I was going to either be a major league baseball player or a famous artist in New York City.

Tell us about three entrepreneurs that you admire?
Mark Cuban - He's living the dream. He built a site that he knew could work. A major company saw the potential, bought the company. And now he has a wiffle ball field in his living room, as well as be the owner of the Dallas Mavericks. What could be better?

Kevin Rose - Founder of Digg - He has created a career on ideas. He sees what's going on on the net, and what needs to be fixed. From there he turns his ideas into web applications that we all use today.

Matt Mullenweg - Founding Developer of Wordpress - Open source guru. He's built one of the largest blogging platforms, that my business uses as it's backbone. Thanks Matt.

For business meetings: breakfast, lunch, or dinner?
Dinner for me. I know meetings with me turn into brainstorming, so they tend to go long. I'm a night owl.

What sacrifices on your personal life did you have to make in order to become a business success?
Financing my own company, meant not spending any time with my friends and family. I had to put my head down and just focus on my goal, which was launching
www.MyBabyOurBaby.com

What is your favorite quote?
"There's no time like the present"

Is it difficult to be unconventional?
I've always been unconventional. I've started little companies since I was a little kid. I always knew I'd only be happy if I was working for myself.

Biggest mistake made?
Not sure, but there is plenty of time to compile a list of my mistakes. You gotta make mistakes to figure out what needs to be done better.

Do you consider yourself an innovator? Why?
I would. I'm always trying to figure out how to fix the problem. There always has to be a way to fix things. All you have to do is make something to fix it.

About the Company
My Baby Our Baby
Plenty of other sites allow parents to create online scrapbooks and keepsake photo albums, but no other site makes it easier for busy parents to collect and organize memories from invited family members and friends.

In today's world, almost everyone has images gathering dust on their hard drives. Instead of devoting hours to tracking all these images and memories down on your own, let us help you with the legwork. You'll end up with tons of memories you didn't even know you had and a whole lot more time for creating new ones.

Contact the Company here:http://www.mybabyourbaby.com

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

These are great profiles and very inspiring. Please keep them coming!

David
Business Planning Software

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