We had the good fortune of connecting with Joe De Pinto and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Joe, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
Persistence. I think that persistence is what separates true entrepreneurs from people that start companies or have cool ideas. Barpay was barely generating any revenue (definitely not enough to hire or pay any type of salary) for the first 5 years of its existence. I think a lot of people would have quit after a year or two, but we kept moving forward because we believed that the industry would eventually evolve. We like to think that as long as we are doing something to move the company forward, something will come of it. But we know for a fact, that if you’re not doing anything, you can expect nothing in return.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I speak for my co-founder Dan Wagner when I say that persistence is what sets us apart. We have been working on Barpay for 6 years now, and we have seen countless similar apps/concepts pop up and fade away for one reason or another. I think that because Dan and I have been extremely conservative in our spending (we didn’t take a salary for the first 5 years), it has allowed us to continue moving the company forward while earning the trust and respect of our investors.
Getting to this point was extremely difficult. We are trying to revolutionize an industry that has been doing things the same way for literally thousands of years and it can definitely be discouraging when people are stuck in their ways. But we have been able to overcome this with positivity. Every sale you don’t close is an opportunity to learn. Every bug a user finds is an opportunity to improve the product. Without this mentality, I don’t know how it would be possible to operate a startup.
If there is something people should know about us and Barpay, it’s that we are relentlessly persistent, and we will always find a positive no matter the situation.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I’m a beach bum and I live in Manhattan Beach. My friend might think its boring but I would plan out a week where we surfed and played beach volleyball every day. There are plenty of incredible restaurants in Manhattan Beach so we would eat really well, but pretty much every night would end at Shellback Tavern. If you’re ever in the South Bay, you should check out Shellback. You never know what you’re going to find.
Outside of the South Bay, I might mix in a day to show them Malibu or Venice/Santa Monica, but everything would still revolve around being at the beach or in the ocean. I don’t go into Hollywood or downtown very often so I probably wouldn’t be the best tour guide!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Our friends, family, and LogicBoost Labs have all played an integral part of our success. Our friends and family helped fund our MVP and allowed us to chase our dream. LogicBoost Labs gave us the tools to grow the company and take advantage of opportunities within our market that we would not have otherwise been able to do. Barpay would not have survived without this help.