Vibendo is a new music social network which connects artists and users
Please introduce yourself and your startup Vibendo to our readers!
My name is Drasko, I’m 27 years old and I’m just a guy which transforms his visions into reality, because we all have only 1 life and I never want to regret to not taken opportunities which came across my way.
Vibendo is a new music social network which connects artists and users in a unique way. We make music streaming more social, more emotional and more Balkan.
Social -> We believe that music is enjoyed more with friends and family which interact and share with you beautiful moments.
Emotional -> We want to connect user’s mood and emotions with the platform that the music is choosing the user and not in the opposite. Imagine the right song plays automatically like magic.
Balkan -> We bring the Balkan closer together.
How did you get the idea to Vibendo?
It started during a lunch with 3 co-workers which were all from the Balkan. We came to the conclusion that a lot Balkan artists are missing on major streaming platforms and that they do partial more clicks on Youtube than some big international artists. So less availability and high attraction where the ingredients which lead us to this opportunity.
So as we were working on the idea, more doubts my co-worker got and left one by one the startup until I was the last one. To remark it, the initial idea was only a normal streaming platform with the name “Maricy”, so instead of continue to work on it I decided to start alone again from the scratch and so Vibendo was born with a complete new concept and direction. If you start with a basis idea and you can’t stop think about it, you will be surprised what thoughts your mind gets which you never imagined you could think of it.
How difficult was the start and what challenges you had to overcome?
As a one person startup you have less hours, less capabilities, less money, less experience, less knowledge, etc. available. I doubted myself at the beginning very much; “this project is too big for you”, “you don’t have the knowledge and nobody in the industry will work with you because of that”, “you will be broke and it will take you several years until you pay all the money back” and so on. It isn’t easy to overcome all these but I had several, I call them since the first time, magical moments. I really never designed anything but had a clear vision how the platform has to look like and this I tried to explain my dev team as good as possible, so some time later they show me the designed pages and I was shocked, how this was possible, it was like a dream comes true, I sat there for about 5 min and just staring in the screen.
The second magical moment was after a lot tries and still trying to get in touch with the labels, the first label which were in. Every magical moment is leading me one step closer to my vision and that’s why I stopped doubting myself and just worked!
Who is your target audience?
Mainly the younger generation of people from the Balkan, but as well everybody who want to know more about Balkan music or already love it.
What is the USP of your startup?
Vibendo has several USP’s, so I will list some of the biggest ones which aren’t secret anymore:
-We are the first one which combines music streaming and social network in such a unique way.
-We are focusing us mainly on the Balkan market
-As the first social network we give users the possibility to earn money directly. How? Awesome playlists with a lot streams will be rewarded; we want to let users interact with each other in a different and unique way.
-Our freemium model gives the users the possibility to check the platform if it meets their requirements before turning into a premium model which offers a lot more advantages.
-We encourage users to sign up as independent users to have the possibility to upload their own songs, promote them and earn money based on their streams they achieve. Or if there are already artists without any label deal, they can use Vibendo as an additional platform to promote them and their songs.
Can you describe a typical workday of you?
I get up very early around 4:30 to start my normal job as an employee for a big bottling company, due that I am able to finish earlier normally around 16:00 and then going to the gym or kick box depending on the day. After the training the time is reserved for my startup Vibendo, for which I’m scheduling normally around 3-5 hours daily depending on other obligations. At 23:00 I am going to bed to have enough sleep for the next day.
The best days are on weekends and off days, which have the same time schedule just instead of the normal job I’m able to work the whole day for my startup.
Where do you see yourself and your startup Vibendo in five years?
Personally I see me as the person I want to become, a person which inspires and helps other people to achieve their goals and transform their dreams into reality. There are so much potential in all of us to make this world a place where love, happiness and success is within reach for all of us.
Vibendo knows when the users need which song, so the user never has to search for the right song or hitting the play button, it just starts automatically like magic. Together with the labels we bring Balkan music to the next level and increase revenues to new heights. We will be the first platform which brings users and especially artists together to collaborate, create new kind of music and spreading happiness all over the world.
What 3 tips would you give other Start-up founders on the way?
Discipline -> It comes from you and only you, nobody else can give it to you. With discipline you get things done and with every completed task you get one step nearer to your goals. That’s why discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishments. Be in all part of your life disciplined, go to work out, eat clean, read a book, after you finished your regular job go home and work for your dream.
Law of Attraction -> I’m a big believer in the law of attraction, because it works for everybody. Above I talked about magical moments, that’s how the law of attraction works, if you want something so badly and really work your ass off, the universe will make it happen. It doesn’t always show up in the desired form or in the time you expected, that’s not negotiable but that it will happen, that’s for sure.
Patience -> Oh guys, you need a lot patience, nothing worthwhile is happening overnight, Appreciate the small steps you take every day, all these steps lead you one day to your dreams. There will be days where you doubt yourself because you got a “No” of a potential client or a competitor is releasing similar features or products like you, but instead of complain about it remember why you started and feel your dream how it will be when you achieve it. The way to your dream is never straight you always get doors closed in front of your face but you have to know that there are several other doors which are waiting to walk through.
There are a lot more, but for me these are the essential ones to start working on it and very important if you start any new habit especially running an own company. But the best, you probably don’t know so far and that is probably the best kept secret of all successful people, it ALL STARTS WITH YOUR MIND AND IS ACCESSIABLE TO ALL OF US!!
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Thank you Drasko Stojanovic for the Interview
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