E Vampr, The Startup That Is Making Music Happen

We had the opportunity to interview Josh Simons, Co-Founder of Vampr. The world's largest professional networks for creatives.

Q: Can you tell us a bit about yourself and Vampr? How did you get the idea for Vampr?
My name is Josh Simons - I’m one of the co-founders of Vampr. Vampr started in 2015 when I called my old record label boss - from my days in a band called Buchanan and as a songwriter - and pitched him on an idea which could solve a problem that I was facing at the time: how do I build a professional network quickly and cost effectively in a new country? Ask around and it won’t take you long to understand this problem is one which has plagued all creatives at some point in their career, especially those who go on to find success.

So that’s where we came up with the idea to build a fun, mobile-first and vibrant social-professional network for creatives. It only took about a week from that original conversation with my now co-founder Baz Palmer to getting the company registered and up & running!

Q: How did you build a network in a new country?
Sheer perseverance. When I first moved to the US, there wasn't an app to help make connections and build networks. My personal situation helped me realize the need to come up with Vampr. To help other people in my situation have a better chance at succeeding.

Q: What makes your company different from others in your space?
Our approach to professional networking is unique. For starters, we use a swipe discovery algorithm, which is a smarty-pants way of saying a Tinder-style connection process. The use of swipe discovery in a professional context was untested when we launched in 2016 however it was a decision which paid off in the long run and has proven to be wildly popular and successful as seen by our market leading position since December 2017.

We generally attribute the popularity of this model to the gamification of networking, which is normally a laborious, if not intimidating task. We’re also a mobile-first company which has really resonated with our younger users, who make up the vast majority of our community.

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