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Today, we introduce a university student who is trying to create a mobile application (Rangouts) in Canada.
It is our hope that this article could be a spark of inspiration for you, featuring how one university student begins his journey in business. It is our goal for this article to allow you to have the courage to take that first step, put yourself out there, and try something new.
The University of British Columbia at Okanagan campus (Physics) [Career]
Founder of Rangouts
Old Navy Sales Associate and Former Software Engineer Intern at Maybank
What were you like as a kid?
I was very energetic from when I was born till I was 5 years old, and I couldn’t stop running because I had so much energy.
From 5 to 10, I was a somewhat quiet kid. But then, when I was 10, I was bullied by five people every day, and I became awkward. The five used to be my close friends.
Nowadays, I’m back to being my very energetic self. Moving to Canada from my home city of Jakarta helped me develop myself in ways that I never imagined.
How did you overcome your awkwardness?
During the first break of my first year in UBCO (January 2020), I went to eastern Canada by myself. I explored Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa alone. That made me super extraverted. So when I came back, I was a somewhat different person.
It was the first time booked a ticket, first time I was on an airplane alone, first time traveling alone, meeting new people every day. It was a little scary, but that made me a different person.
No one knows me, so I thought I could be anyone.
I love communicating with others. I learned German, French, and a bit of Japanese on top of my native language which is Indonesian.
What made you interested in entrepreneurship?
My grandpa started from the bottom and became successful. He created an airplane and manufacturing business for the government.
When I was a kid, I asked my dad, “Who makes the most in the company?” He said CEO. But he also said the company owners make the most money. When I was 14 or 15, I read about all the software businesses sold for billions of dollars. I saw those software companies were very easy to scale to spread all over the world. I didn’t know how to code but had ideas.
What is your passion for entrepreneurship?
Freedom. I saw people in the office, and I go to the mall, from Monday to Friday people work 9 to 5. I don’t want my life to be like that if I had a choice.
The difference is that the time would be my own terms. If I work for someone else, they will control me, and I wouldn’t be able to work of my free will.
Freedom is the most important value for me.
In business, If you’re in charge, it is 100% of your responsibility to succeed and fail. You will experience the full force of your successes and failures, unlike when you’re working for someone else and your successes will only make your boss look better to his boss.
I may work longer hours if I work for myself, but I know that those hours are 100% up to me and are 100% my responsibility.
About His App (Rangouts)
What is your app like?
The service is basically social media. Instead of posting pictures, people can post the events on Rangouts. There is also a live map, and you can see what is around you.
For example, the university club events, restaurant and store promos that people often miss. Moreover, later on we are adding a public or private event feature so you can use Rangouts to organize your gatherings with your friends – an easier way to get the information out. My hope is that everyone worldwide will use my app to see what is going on in their city every day.
I have lived in Kelowna for almost a year and a half, but I didn’t know that the bar called KBC near me offered $5 for 10 chicken wings every Wednesday night. A lot of my friends didn’t know this too. If information like this spread around I’m sure businesses like the bar will get more money. Moreover, there are also probably a lot of events that I miss, like university seminars, talk shows, workshops.
What does Rangouts stand for?
The name represents what it is like such as Facebook, Instagram. So Rangouts means organizing hangouts. I thought the service should be related to its name.
I started it with two of my friends in August 2020. We are still testing it right now, getting feedback to make sure it is stable without bugs.
It is our belief that this student’s story could make a positive impact not only on the Japanese student but also on college students all over the globe.
If you are interested in being a tester and giving feedback – every feedback counts!!! – please contact him on Instagram @rangouts