Interview with Rich Collins, CEO from Guruza
TechAddress: Tell me a bit about your company, what it does and what’s your value proposition?
Guruza: Guruza.com helps you get answers to the questions that bother you most. We connect you with experts that will quickly answer your question for a bounty. Interaction with live experts gives you more insight into your problem than hours of wading through search results could ever hope to provide.
TechAddress: What makes your company stand apart from your competitors?
Guruza: We have bounties to help you get your question answered faster than most other answers sites. We stress communication and interaction, not single responses.
TechAddress: What are some of the main features?
Guruza: Experts can search for questions to answer (http://guruza.com/searches/show/252) and then create a custom feed from their search (http://guruza.com/searches/rss/252). You can chat live with experts. You can provide a bounty for your question (http://guruza.com/question/431/reward-54.00). Experts can counter offer proposed bounties. We have a nice alert system that helps improve communication between experts and users. We keep comprehensive stats about users so you know more about who you are dealing with (http://guruza.com/users/show/2).
TechAddress: Who’s your target customer or audience?
Guruza: We get a lot of questions about auto repair and about programming.
TechAddress: Any new things in particular that you’re working on right now?
Guruza: We are actually working on a new project (still stealth) that has funding. Guruza was bootstrapped and never received any investment. We are currently supporting Guruza, but additional development has ceased.
TechAddress: Where do you see your company heading in the future?
Guruza: We hope to continue creating services that are useful and entertaining. We will stay in the social web space with more of a focus on entertainment.
TechAddress: Any negative feedback or criticism regarding technology and services?
Guruza: Guruza is not nearly as polished as we would like. This is mostly due to a lack of funds, not ability or desire.
TechAddress: So what would you say is the guiding principle behind your company?
Guruza: Our goal has always been to create services that people love to use. We do it because we love it. If we were in it for the money we would have been attorneys or investment bankers 🙂
TechAddress: What is the mission of your company and what are you bringing to the market that is innovative?
Guruza: I think our primary innovations to the answers space are bounties and improved communication through alerts and chat.
TechAddress: Where are you in terms of funding and your lifecycle?
Guruza: We have no funding for Guruza. We aren’t looking for funding as we are working on another funded project.
TechAddress: If your technology or service is not formally launched yet, when’s the launch date? If you have already launched, when was your launch date?
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