An exclusive Tech Tribune Q&A with Brett Lindsey, the founder of Snip Internet, which was honored in our:
Tell us the origin story of Snip Internet – what problem were you trying to solve and why?
Having been in the competitive telecom sector for more than 2 decades, it seemed like the residential offerings from the incumbents rarely delivered what was promised and that taking market share from them wouldn’t be incredibly difficult if you had the capital necessary.
What was the biggest hurdle you encountered in your journey?
Getting people to understand that the big guys won’t come squash you like a bug that is just creating a nuisance for them. Explaining that the big telco/cable operators are not so big anymore that we couldn’t take double digit market share from them before they realize what has happened, something I have done in the past on the business side of telecom.
What does the future hold for Snip Internet?
Continued expansion across the Midwest where we are comfortable with the competitive climate and feel we can be successful.
What are your thoughts on the local tech startup scene in Cleveland?
We have an amazing local tech scene, in my opinion. Great angel investor community, few traditional VCs, but Midwest work ethic has always been attractive to investors in my past experience.
What’s your best advice for aspiring entrepreneurs?
You have to keep your pitch/story/product offering simple and easy to understand. If you think “people just don’t get it”, then you probably aren’t doing a great job of succinctly describing your value. If you want your business to be successful, you have to believe in it enough to mortgage your own assets to pay for it. If you aren’t invested heavily in your success, why would anyone else?
For more information about Snip Internet, visit their website at www.snipinternet.com.