We had the good fortune of connecting with Richard Lee and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Richard, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
In today’s oversaturated tech market, I’ve pondered over how to create a business model with a ‘must have’ structure. My main focus is on the types of issues that my business idea can address.
My friend and I started Foodup roughly two years ago as a side project. We discussed a variety of topics, and one that came up frequently was, “So, what are we eating today?” After that, there are a slew of sub-questions, such as “what are the most popular restaurants in town?” and “what do you crave?” We then realized that similar questions are asked by others every day. According to our findings, people ask the question four times per day and spend an average of 40 minutes. We made the decision to develop a mobile app that assists people in deciding what to eat and where to eat.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
We created the Foodup mobile app and are currently serving it mostly in LA K-Town. We’ve devised a method of locating must-eat-places in K Town in real-time. My partner and I enjoy eating and discovering new places to dine, so we came up with this concept.
It wasn’t an easy journey to get here. Finding a team member to work with was the most difficult part. As a consequence of many good people and their network of people, we’ve built a good team and can deliver good service. Foodup is now Koreatown’s most popular app for food information, with 500K monthly app views.
There were numerous challenges while running the business, and I struggled a lot and even considered leaving, but I’ve come a long way since then. I believe it is critical, regardless of the type of business one runs in, to persevere until the finish. Foodup’s vision is to become an app that instantly recalls individuals when they are thinking about what to eat.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I definitely recommend K-Town. There are several dining and entertainment options in K-Town. Korean food and culture have recently piqued the curiosity of individuals of different ethnicities. K-town is a must-see for anybody visiting LA from anywhere else.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I give a shoutout to my business partner, Ryan. We’ve been doing business together for almost three years, and he’s been a fantastic business partner. Even though we came from different backgrounds, our considerable knowledge in several industries allowed us to work together to achieve greater results. If we had worked in the same industry, that element could have resulted in a disagreement. Ryan had the most crucial part in getting the company to where it is now.
Other: Foodup App Download: https://www.foodupusa.com/app/