See Point launch on stage here.
This interview with Point founders Tosin Afolabi (left), Ashwinn Krishnaswamy (center), and Phil Ditzler (right) was conducted by the Job Portraits team during the LAUNCH Festival.
Let's start with your pitch.
Point is a really simple way to share a link with a friend and have a conversation around it. Right now when you copy a link and share it with a friend via email, it follows with a difficult back and forth. We make the process incredibly simple, so you're able to share a webpage and have a conversation directly on the page itself.
How did you get to this problem? Why was this the thing you decided to devote your life to?
We started building this when we were in college. It came up one night when we had 30 wikipedia tabs open, and then also Facebook chat, and we were copying and pasting links back and forth and trying to talk about certain parts of the page.
It was really inefficient and we thought, hey, Facebook is mostly just links. We were like, “Why don't we just take out the middleman?” So Point lets you share and chat directly from the page.
Tell me a little bit about LAUNCH Festival, both being on the demo floor and going up on stage?
Being on the demo floor has been one of the most insightful experiences we’ve had. Last week the three of us were in our apartment in New York, philosophizing about the next product decision. But user feedback is what really matters and we’ve had a ton here.
People are coming up, playing with our product, telling us where they're confused or what they don't understand. That’s really helped us talk about the product better.
Being up on stage, you know, we didn't have anything prepped. But it was incredible. A lot of people have said, “I want to know more about you!” That's definitely opened up some doors.
What's the next big thing for you guys?
We built out this web/desktop product, and the next big question everyone has is mobile. We're building an iPhone app right now that we're really excited about. Timeline is a few months.
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