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Fonesalesman offering the ultimate solutions to wireless mobile charging

Please introduce yourself and your startup Fonesalesman to our readers!

My name is Bavan Palasanthiran and I am the founder of Fonesalesman. Although we have the name Fonesalesman, we don’t actually sell any phones. We are a tech start up offering the ultimate solutions to wireless mobile charging. Our first product release, the iQi Mobile was the first charger to make all iPhones compatible with wireless charging and the world’s first truly wireless portable charger. This is something I’m very proud of.

How did you get the idea for Fonesalesman?

Charging your phone has become agonising for many people and running out of battery whilst en route to somewhere happens way too often. We wanted to make charging on the go as easy as possible and this meant no cables. We saw a gap in the market, the Qi technology was already out there but no one had utilised it for  iPhone charging and so that’s what we set out to do.

How difficult was the start and what challenges you had to overcome?

As with all startups funding is front of mind. When we began to develop iQi Mobile, we considered self-funding, but this would have proven difficult due to scale of production. Instead we looked at crowd funding as this would also give us  an indication of the demand for the product. With help of the Indiegogo campaign, which helps start-ups with crowdfunding campaigns before they hit the mainstream market, we were able to launch iQi Mobile. We were able to reach our goal of $30K in just 10 days before our target date and the success of the campaign proved us right about the demand for wireless charging.

Who is your target audience?

Anyone with a phone.  Running out of battery is a pain that every phone user shares. This is why we created a wireless solution and have been able to reach people all around the world including The US, Japan, Spain, Italy, France and Canada. 

What is the USP of your startup?

The main USP of Fonesalesman is that we were the first to make wireless charging compatible with iPhones. We’re genuine market leaders. Our products are also beautifully crafted, our new product the QiStone2 is a timeless stone design which has been received well by customers and industry experts alike. Our FurniQi side table has also moved us into the house interior market bridging our technology with home furniture.

Can you describe a typical workday of you?

Every day is varied for me. It can be anything from supplier relations to coming up with the next big idea! I love that no two days are the same, it keeps me motivated and on my toes! This is particularly important in the tech industry, where technology evolves monthly. To stay relevant I strive to always stay ahead of the game and predict the next trend, ensuring that my next product will be something people need, before they even realise they need it!

Where do you see yourself and your startup Fonesalesman in five years?

We aim to create a world without wires for our customers. And we are constantly working on new innovations that can surpass our current designs. We have created the Nature-Infused Woodpuck: Bamboo Edition and the first completely wireless mobile Battery QiStone+. Therefore, we will continue following the path of great innovations and strive for a cable free environment.

What 3 tips would you give other Start-up founders on the way?

  1. Follow your passion – Startups are full on. If you don’t enjoy what you do, it’s going to be a struggle for when things get tough. 
  2. Build a great team – It may be cliché but a having a good team around you helps breathe creativity and productivity when building a startup. Two very important components when beginning your journey.
  3. Hard work – Put in the hard work at the start and you’ll reap the benefits as your business grows and matures. 

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Thank you Bavan Palasanthiran for the Interview

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Sabine Elsässer

Sabine Elsässer is founder and chief editor of the StartupValleyNews Magazine. She started her career at several international direct sale companys. Since 2007 she works main time as a journalist. While that time she learned more about the Startup Scene, what made her start her own Startup Magazine the StartupValleyNews.

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