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Meet Emily Gonzalez and Odalys Medina

Today we’d like to introduce you to Emily Gonzalez and Odalys Medina.

Emily and Odalys, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
We’ve always joked about making an Instagram for food but never got around to it. In the fall semester of 2018, one of us (Odalys) enrolled into a social media class. Emily had actually taken the fall semester off, so it gave her the opportunity to see what route she would take academically. One of the first assignments was to create a profile whether it was personal or professional. After that, Odalys surprised me (Emily) with the email, the profile and the password. It started out as neither professional or personal, just with the intention to entertain. Emily had actually no phone at the time, no content from the last summer, and it was hard to reach her at times. We both saw the potential and down the line, opportunities started to arise. We thought we would take it beyond the class. We don’t like presenting ourselves as business partners, but as best friends. That’s just how we’ve always seen it. Working with each other has always been fun and even if we have different views, we never consider them arguments. As of today, we are trying to be more organized with being consistent on our platform. More is yet to come.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Our schedules haven’t been aligning the way we would like. Ideas are in the process, but one of them flopped in a way that set us back. At the end of spring, Emily took on a full-time job, so we are able to invest it in our future plans as business partners. As of now, Emily has decided to go back to school and pursue marketing. Coincidentally, Odalys is continuing her road to success for a degree in business administration (see how well we complement each other). Disregarding our busy schedules, we still manage to make time for each other and have study dates to discuss where we’re at and where we’re going.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
Our business is set to provide a platform for restaurants that happen to small businesses, hidden gems in our city, and local hotspots. What sets us apart from others is that people within our community don’t usually gravitate towards a social media outlet besides having a personal account.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
We didn’t trust our gut when speaking about making the page when the idea first came to mind in the summer of 2017. Yet, we’ve learned to have more open communication in order to execute our ideas and plans.

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Emily Gonzalez, Odalys Medina

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