Vancouver Entrepreneur Founds Floggia, His Second Startup, at Age 19

The Venezuela-born Miguel Kudry has been an internet entrepreneur since age 13. His first real venture was an e-commerce platform called Shopgram that was crushed like an ant by Craigslist. 

But Miguel learned lessons from that failure and applied them to Floggia, his latest startup. The entrepreneur, who moved to Canada in 2009 and now resides in Vancouver, told Mark Evans in The Globe and Mail that he "learned you really need to test the idea even before you start coding it."

After studying business in Douglas College in New Westminster, Miguel founded Floggia at the start of this year. It's competing in a saturated market, but Miguel believes he can stand out:

Mr. Kudry said Vancouver-based Floggia is trying to position itself as a different option by being a simple way to share photos and discover other people’s photos.

“I think you should limit people about what they can do,” he said. “Photo-sharing networks charge for certain accounts and features. It’s not that you shouldn’t charge for them, but you are limiting users’ ability to share and be creative and express themselves. What makes Floggia different is how simple it is to use and interact with other people.”

Mr. Kudry said it is also easier to upload photos, follow and check out particular topics of interest, read notifications, and access user settings. 

Miguel notes that while Floggia is currently more of a hobby or side project, he intends to turn it into a real business. He maintains that the site will remain free, and plans to monetize through advertising. The teenage entrepreneur affirms that Floggia has "great potential."

Photo: Floggia

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