Thomas Sheahan Talks about His Startup Called Red Oxygen
Where are you from originally?
I was born in Chicago. I grew up in Connecticut and Dallas.
What university did you go to?
What brought you to Austin?
It was close to Dallas. The Sarah Palin sticker moratorium
What is the idea behind your start-up?
The belief that business would want to leverage their existing IT infrastructure to send out text messages to the 4 Billion cell phones to employees, students or customers.
What need does it fulfill?
Quick, instant, cost-effective communications to the 4 billion cell phones
What exactly does your product do?
Allows businesses to send text messages from Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Excel, Lotus Notes, the web or any CRM solution, and the recipients can reply back into the applications.
Who is it for?
Businesses ( Small to Large), Churches, Schools, Universities, Sport Clubs , Governments.
What was the most challenging aspect of starting up a business?
Having enough capital
What is the next step for you and your start-up?
Raising capital, growing our US customer base
What advice do you have for entrepreneurs?
Every mistake you have been warned about - you will do. Listen to people with grey hair! Try to find a mentor that you trust and admire, not because he is wealthy but he is the type of person you want to become. They will help you look at the forest from the trees. You are not different – you will have many successes and failures, enjoy them all equally.
What Austin-based resource have you found to be the most helpful and why?
High-Tech Happy hours!