Interview with John Persico, Co-Founder and CEO of Vumero

Web site: www.vumero.com.

Tell us who you are and your role in the company:

Co-Founder and CEO.

What did you do before creating your company?

Management Consulting/ Mergers & Acquisitions.

How do you feel being the most promising ‘Startup of the Day’ per Microsoft BizSpark?

Fantastic – particularly since we are a marketplace for crowdsourcing Microsoft Excel spreadsheets!

What is your company’s mission?

Create the world’s most value-adding and trusted online professional services marketplace.

In 140 characters or less, tell us what your company does:

Vumero is an online professional services marketplace. Hire and crowdsource models from top finance, modelling and quantitative experts worldwide.

How did you get the idea for your company?

We saw an opportunity for online professional services to be delivered more affordably and effectively without compromising on quality results.

Tell us about your funding history. Are you currently looking for funding? If so, how much? 

Not at this stage. We will potentially begin looking for funding in late-2012.

How many employees do you have? How many developers?

Three.

Are you hiring?  If yes, what are you hiring for and where?

No.

Which platform are you building on?  Why?

The platform was built on PHP/MySQL using the Kohana Framework for speed to execution and the number of existing libraries to leverage.

Where do you see opportunities today in the Software/Internet area?  

There are significant opportunities in taking traditional service businesses and financial services and breaking down the management overheads providing direct-to-consumer offerings online. 

What do you think about the BizSpark Program?

Exceptional.

Do you have any advice for young Software entrepreneurs?

Be patient, Be strategic, Be persistent.

Who’s your role model?

Jeff Bezos (Amazon)

What’s the ONE THING you would like readers to take away from this interview?  

Have you created a great Excel Spreadsheet or Financial Model that you would like to sell on Vumero? Make money and get started today!