Runner Interview

John Chapman

Founder, Digihome

Digihome is an app that helps you manage your home

Can you give a brief introduction about yourself?
I’m 42, married with, one year old kid.
What inspired you to become an entrepreneur/startup founder?
There's no one particular reason. I think it's like a combination of wanting to do something myself and having the right idea.
What problem does your startup aim to solve?
Digihome is for people that basically don't know how to maintain and care for their home.
Can you describe your startup in a single sentence?
We inspire households to protect and maintain their home.
How did the idea for your startup come about?
I guess it’s been an evolutionary process. I've worked in Proptech for 10 years. The idea that we've ended with is slightly different from the one we started with.
What's the most unique aspect of your solution or business model?
Everything in one place.
What’s the most challenging aspect of building your startup?
Working with a dev agency/the tech
How have you overcome obstacles and challenges in your journey so far?
Depends a bit on what the challenge is, but mostly speaking with other founders and hard work!
How do you manage work-life balance, especially with the demands of a startup?
Ha ha! It’s hard to get the balance right especially when you have a 1 year old daughter.
What’s the next big milestone for your startup?
To relaunch. We launched at the end of last year and we have redone the product and we are relaunching in the next couple of weeks.
What advice would you give to aspiring entrepreneurs or startups?
Definitely do it. It is the hardest thing, but the most rewarding thing. If you are going to do it go at it with open eyes and make sure you have a support network in place.
Any ideas on how we could improve Seed Run?
From a personal perspective I love it. It is a great opportunity to get out of the office, meet people and get some exercise. I suppose when time is so limited it ticks all of the boxes.
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