Ubiquity Founder Profile: Yadhu Gopalan, CEO of Esper

Can you sum up what your company does in just one sentence?

What is the story behind co-founding Esper?

When did you first get into this area of software infrastructure for devices?

We think of nerds as people who are obsessed with something. What are you nerdy about or obsessed with?

Esper CEO Yadhu Gopalan working an OS in high school as a hobby project

What’s your advice to budding technical founders who haven’t yet jumped off to launch their new company?

  1. An MVP is Not Enough: I wish I knew how much it takes to build something the customer really wants — not something customers can use in a hobby sort of way, but a product that customers can put into production when their livelihoods depend on it. For infrastructure products like Esper, a minimum viable product (MVP) is not enough. It actually has to do more.
  2. Be Customer-Obsessed from Day #1: Don’t take your first customers for granted, even if they’ll never be a huge customer. In the beginning, your customers are taking a bet on you as a startup, and you need to make sure that you’re delivering a product that’s solid and does what it’s supposed to do. Treat them really well and go above and beyond for them.
  3. Surround Yourself with Diverse, Challenging Perspectives: I’m very careful to surround myself with people who are not like me, especially folks who are willing to provide guidance on how a different aspect of the business should be done. I want people to contribute to decisions, so I strive really hard to be the last person to share my opinion in discussions. I don’t steer conversations because I want other voices to be heard loud and clear.

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Ubiquity Ventures is a seed-stage venture capital firm focused on “software beyond the screen” — turning real world physical problems into software problems.

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