AirRands is a communication platform that allows users to build their brands by taking the confusion out of app building. We talked with AirRands Founder, Michael Holloway, on how his company is changing the landscape for the new entrepreneur.
Q: How was AirRands started?
A: AirRands originally started as a food delivery company, but as we thought about it and saw where the holes were in various business models, we found that the best thing we could do was to help people help themselves. We decided to develop a tool that instead would help people’s businesses grow.
Q: Tell us about your experience with TechTown
A: I found TechTown through Wayne State. I completed a program at Wayne, and then someone guided me to TechTown, and from there I’ve been finding people and resources here at TechTown.
Q: You’re a graduate of the first cohort of TechTown’s Start Studio program. Can you talk a little about the program?
A: Start Studio was interesting because they give you guiding points and really let you learn on your own. It’s like Montessori learning, but for businesses. For me, the biggest thing I learned was how to better find answers to other people’s problems and how to understand them better.
Q: What’s your favorite part of being an entrepreneur?
A: My favorite part about being an entrepreneur is not having any barriers that I can’t necessarily overcome. I set my own rules, I figure it out, and I work through it the way I want to work through it.
Q: What’s the biggest challenge of being an entrepreneur?
A: The biggest challenge is having no real guidance or blueprint. The biggest challenge is just trying to figure out if what you’re doing is the right thing. You just have to guess what you think others think is right.
Q: Where do you see AirRands in the next five years?
A: In a dream world, in the next five years AirRands would be the next household thought whenever you wanted to create something. Someone would say “Hey, I think there should be a company that does this particular thing, use AirRands to create it, and see what happens.”
Q: What advice would you give to aspiring entrepreneurs?
A: I would say, “Just keep thinking about what your next step is. When you lose sight of your goals, everything can feel like a chore and a job, and you sometimes end up doing the wrong things. Keep thinking about what it is that you ultimately want to accomplish.”
To learn more about AirRands, visit https://www.air-rands.com/.
To learn more about TechTown’s Start Studio program, visit https://techtowndetroit.org/services/start-studio/