PVLSE is a hybrid social network that facilitates participation in real life activities
Please introduce yourself and your startup PVLSE to our readers!
My name is Maria Rybak, and I’m the founder of PVLSE. I have a background in psychology, social sciences, sustainability, and a passion for sport, and I’m on a quest to encourage the smarter use of mobile phones and technology, and empower people to do what they love and give them a platform to earn while doing it.
PVLSE is a hybrid social network, consisting of both a meet up platform that facilitates participation in real life activities and a marketplace for service providers and businesses, with an initial focus on food, sport and wellbeing.
How did you get the idea to PVLSE?
It came from a personal need to find like minded individuals to train with and to discover new eateries with.
When I travel I’m always looking for places to train, and going with someone is always more fun (and less daunting). Connecting through sport has always been an important part of my life, in fact I met some of my closest friends through Jiu-Jitsu. I realized that it must be the case for many people, and having a partner makes reaching fitness goals and trying new sports that much easier.
Also, when I lived in London as a vegan, it was hard to find someone to share the experience of trying new restaurants with. Despite there being a huge vegan community. When I left, a Vegan foodie group was created that grew exponentially, and they encountered the problem of asking for contributions from members.
Luckily for them that use case is fully accounted for by PVLSE.
How difficult was the start and what challenges you had to overcome?
Starting PVLSE was both the easiest and the hardest thing I have ever done. The easiest because I have never been happier and more passionate about what I do. The hardest because I have to take full responsibility for everything, especially when things go wrong.
The biggest challenge was working through lack of funding. The lessons you learn from those experiences are probably the most valuable because you never want to end up in such a situation again. The most important thing is to focus on how far you’ve come, and not on the setback. If the setback stays at the forefront of your mind for too long, it is all you start to see.
Who is your target audience?
Our target audience is everybody. On the one hand, it’s the millennials and Gen Z who can be inspired into an entrepreneurial lifestyle, but also older generations; parents especially Mothers, who may want to get out into the world and meet like minded people.
PVLSE is about catering to those that crave true connection beyond what social media can provide.
What is the USP of your startup?
Anyone can make money from their skills regardless of what their qualifications are. You can be a wonderful self-taught yoga teacher or chef, but can’t find a job that suits your passions or would like to start your business but the costs are too high.
We aim to lower barriers to entry into the entrepreneurial world, and facilitate this entry by providing a platform where they can test their ideas and themselves. Or make additional income from the hobbies.
Essentially we are like a Uber but for any kind of wellbeing job or activity, embedded in a social network.
Can you describe a typical workday of you?
There are no typical days at PVLSE. Considering that we are a fully decentralized team Slack is our office space. We have weekly team calls every other day, the rest of the time everyone works on their own accord. How much time anyone spends on their work is up to them, what matters are deliveries. In fact every Friday people present their work.
My day consists of checking and answering emails, telegram, WhatsApp, talking in slack with the team, being on scheduled phone calls. When we aren’t in sprint mode preparing for a conference or event, I try to take a step back and allocate time to thinking, planning ahead, and revisiting strategies in my mind. I don’t work for the sake of working, I am very efficient with my time and energy.
Where do you see yourself and your startup PVLSE in five years?
I see PVLSE taking the world by storm. As a new age social network, we want people to spend less time looking at their phones, and to actively interact more. However, we know that people love to be online, which is why we aim to integrate innovative technologies, such as VR & AR, so as to add to the richness of real world experiences.
Our goal is to be the layer that connects the online and real world.
We created PVLSE to improve people’s lives through meaningful connection, by allowing them to pursue their passions and make money from it. As such I see PVLSE as a hub for communities and entrepreneurs all over the world. It is an audacious task, but we believe it is what the world needs and it is important to pursue this goal. I know we’ll make it, our hearts are in the right place.
What 3 tips would you give other Startup founders on the way?
1. It’s going to feel awesome at times, and scary at others. Ride it out, remember why you started, and remind yourself what you would be going back to if you gave up.
2. There are no mistakes, it is only a mistake if you don’t learn from it!
3. Once you have set your eye on something don’t take it off.
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Thank you Maria Rybak for the Interview
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