Today we’d like to introduce you to Sean Thompson.
Hi Sean, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
I was born in Kingston, Jamaica and raised in Dublin, Ireland. At 23, I moved to Phoenix, Arizona to study Biochemistry. I’ve always had the dream of building a successful tech company and in my Junior year, I took a leap of faith, sold everything to travel and learned about businesses firsthand. I found myself traveling to business hubs such as (San Francisco, Japan, etc.) and learning as much as I could along the way. I saw that most successful businesses, economies, etc. had a strong bond with numbers and data and I also saw how important artificial intelligence was becoming in our modern world.
After over a year of traveling, I came back to the US and joined a tech startup so I could get more in depth knowledge and experience with data technology. After a few months of soaking up as much as I could, I began working on Knwna (pronounced known-a) full time and I moved out to LA to continue building.
Now, after over a year of research and optimizations, Knwna now provides simplified health scores to help businesses manage key parts of their internal operations. Think of it like a BMI score for parts of your business such as sales, marketing, social media and more!
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
The journey of being an entrepreneur is very complex and filled with roadblocks and sacrifices. I went through a few mental breakdowns because I still had traits that no longer served me which I had to painfully unlearn and relearn new traits to replace them. Like many entrepreneurs, I also ran into financial problems along my journey. In hindsight, my obstacles were intense but necessary and molded me into the right person to bring this complex vision into reality.
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your business?
Knwna is a business health platform for solo entrepreneurs, growing businesses and teams. We essentially take all the data that your business is producing daily and translate into simple information that you can use to be creative. We also use AI & Machine Learning to make suggestions on how you can improve key areas and achieve your goals more efficiently. Whether your goal is to grow revenue, grow users, etc., our health scores point you in the right direction.
We’re different from standard data analysis that many businesses use because our data provides more context. We do this by telling you how healthy your data is compared to your own standards and the standards of similar businesses to yours. With this information, experts and non-experts can get value and be more competitive in their space.
We’re currently proud of the feedback we’ve been getting from our users who, although we’re still in beta, are already getting value and peace of mind from using our tool.
If you own a growing business and you’re looking for a way to manage and grow more efficiently, Knwna is currently free to try for the first 60 days and you can join by visiting our website at knwna.com and filling out our early access form!