Assaf Karmon of TurnoverBnB

An exclusive Tech Tribune Q&A with Assaf Karmon (co-founder and CEO) of TurnoverBnB, which was honored in our:
Tell us the origin story of TurnoverBnB – what problem were you trying to solve and why?

I was managing an Airbnb and had a hard time keeping track of cleaning schedules and finding cleaners. So, being a programmer by training, I created an app to help me. I made the app available to the community and it eventually became so popular that I decided to make it into a business together with a business school friend, Tim Roy.

What was the biggest hurdle you encountered in your journey?

The biggest hurdle TurnoverBnB faced was handling the initial growth period. We didn’t have enough money for a large team but had to meet the high expectations of users. We worked around-the-clock nights and weekends for a long time until we were able to hire enough people.

What does the future hold for TurnoverBnB?

TurnoverBnB is growing rapidly and we are working hard on some amazing features for cleaners and property managers to be even more efficient. These newer features will allow bigger property managers and bigger cleaning companies to enjoy our platform. We are also rapidly adding new integrations with new partners almost every week.

What are your thoughts on the local tech startup scene in Honolulu?

Honolulu has very few startups but things are getting better – the biggest hurdle is for new startups to find funding and talent. Blue Startups is a great local accelerator that really helped us.

What’s your best advice for aspiring entrepreneurs?

Be persistent – it may take time for your vision to materialize. Another tip is to find a good co-founder to share the burden with – they will help you persist and hold you accountable.

 

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