You’ve probably heard of (or more likely used) their product! We are totally impressed with their quick start up, organized business model, and the way they have turned their passions into a business. Read on and be inspired!
Chatbooks started operations in January 2014 and in June 2014 they sold their first Chatbook. Chatbooks is headquartered in Provo, Utah with 10 full-time and 23 part-time employees, some of whom work remotely all across the country. In one year they have sold nearly over 500k Chatbooks.
Q: You’ve grown an amazing business quickly that is already very successful. What tips would you give entrepreneurs who are looking to do the same thing?
- Only start a company if you can’t imagine being happy doing anything else
- Find an incredible co-founder who complements you and whom you trust completel
- Read “Lean Startup”, put it on nightstand, treat it like a sacred text
- Don’t quit, don’t run out of money
- Take care of the team
Nate and Vanessa Quigley, are the co-founders of Chatbooks. Prior to starting Chatbooks, Nate served as CEO of LiveTV, LLC. He also served as the President of ELEVEN Technology, Inc. Prior to Eleven, Nate worked for McKinsey & Company as a management consultant serving clients across a variety of industries on engagements spanning strategy, finance, and operations. Working out of the Los Angeles and Paris offices, Nate focused primarily on turnaround situations and the application of information technology to business opportunities. Nate earned a BS in Accounting from Brigham Young University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. Nate enjoys birding, Teddy Roosevelt, mountain biking, tennis and being with his family.
Vanessa has a degree in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from Brigham Young University. Prior to Chatbooks, her professional career consisted mostly of managing the wonderful chaos of their 7 children. She spent years as a stay at home mom, while singing gigs whenever she could and cheering on Nate in his various ventures. However, as soon as the youngest Quigley was in school full time, she eagerly joined the Chatbooks team as Chatbooker-in-Chief. Vanessa enjoys singing, the theater, going out to dinner, and playing games with her family.