Renee is the CEO & Co-Founder of CastBox, the global leading spoken audio platform pioneering in-audio search to deliver contextual recommendations for listeners of podcasts, on-demand radio, and audio books.
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- [01:05] – Renee’s major in college was psychology and statistics, but she really enjoyed engineering, so she taught herself to code
- [01:20] – In 2008, she started to develop on Android and joined Google in Beijing, Dublin, and Tokyo
- 01:41 – She quit her job 2 years ago and founded CastBox
- [02:13] – Her area of expertise is in the global Android ecosystems
- [03:04] – Share something we don’t know about your area of expertise that as Entrepreneurs, we probably should: Apple is a dominant platform for podcast listeners, BUT as more people join the space, there has been a growing need to develop an Android platform app
- [04:09] – Android is a global platform just like iOS
- [05:28] – Go after things that are being overlooked
- [05:49] – Worst Entrepreneurial Moment: In the beginning of her business, Renee had to do everything on her own. It was so hard for her to find people to join in her venture that it left her with no other choice. She ran things alone and even sold her house to get the business funded. She had no employees, so she spent days and nights in the office working until finally, a friend joined her. They operated like 7 Eleven, working 7 days per week almost ‘round the clock. Then one day, her friend told her she was considering resigning to start a family
- [08:23] – “Never give up!”
- [10:02] – Persistence and tenacity are traits entrepreneurs must have
- [10:34] – Entrepreneurial AH-HA Moment: Renee’s ah-ha moment for CastBox actually came from her own need. She was working for Google Japan when she decided to download an mp3 to learn to speak Japanese. She kept looking for a good podcast app but couldn’t find one, and that’s when she realized she could leverage her own tech background to make that idea a reality
- [12:56] – Make something you’re excited about a reality for the world
- [13:17] – What is the one thing you are most FIRED up about today? “I’m really excited about the audio industry”
- [14:31] – Renee shares a request they received at CastBox from a girl who is blind
- [18:31] – The Lightning Round
- What was holding you back from becoming an entrepreneur? – “The fear of failure was holding me back”
- What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? – “You have only one life, just follow your heart, trust the path and look forward”
- What’s a personal habit that contributes to your success? – “Coding helps keep my mind fluid”
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