Interview with the Founder of BustAName and HostSearchr: Ryan Stout
I’ve had a chance to interview Ryan Stout, Founder of BustaName.com and Hostsearchr.com. Ryan is a graduate from Franciscan University in Steubenville Ohio, its a smallÂ catholic college, where he studied computer science and theology. He was only able to answer only few of my questions as he is keeping some information confidential (He’s apparently working on something really promising, can’t wait to find out). I’ve covered his website BustAName (here) before). Here’s the interview:
So Ryan, What made you both pursue a Tech career?
I’ve been programming since I was a little kid. Â Being able to buildÂ applications and useful tools is something I’ve always enjoyed and ifÂ you build the right things, it can be profitable. Â So it made since asÂ a career choice.
How do you see web startup’s perform during this time of recession?
The main thing I see is that if companies have high startup costs, orÂ no business plan, then its going to be harder to keep things going.
How much funding does a web startup need to build a website?
I’ve had quite a few successful sites without ever taking funding.Â All you need is a good idea and the skills to make it happen. Â ForÂ those without the skills, funding can be a good option to find theÂ needed skills, but even now finding people with the right talent is aÂ challenge.
What’s your advice / suggestions / recommendations to other techÂ entrepreneurs out there who are wanting to start something online?
Build things you would use. Â If you’re building something that youÂ wouldn’t use (because its a good market, or whatever the reason), beÂ sure to bring someone on board who would use it. Â Market research canÂ only take you so far, ultimately someone who will use the productÂ needs to be involved in the design process.
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Although Ryan wasn’t able to provide much information, as he’s busy with his new project, at least he gave the time to answer and impart knowledge with us. With his previous websites, I’ve noticed really amazingly done websites which were really a good sign that he must be doing something even better. His earnings seems to be thru affiliate marketing thru different domain / hosting providers, and with a powerful tool and being a one stop shop for all providers, affiliate marketing will be an easy sell.
Thanks Ryan for the time and I hope you all the best with your websites.