Startup Founder Fran Villalba Segarra
Fran Villalba Segarra is the Founder and CEO of OneSite, a platform that lets anyone create a website for free. Fran learned programming at the age of thirteen and was made to be an entrepreneur. He has worked for tech multinationals, but he found it time to create his own big company. Apart from that, Fran, like everyone, loves travelling, being with friends, and meeting interesting people.
What inspired you to become an entrepreneur?
I feel like it’s something that just comes with the way I was made. I love being an entrepreneur and I love new tech. Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg or Elon Musk are some of the people I admire
Can you remember what the biggest barriers to entry entrepreneurship were for you?
I started learning programming at the age of thirteen. Thanks to the Internet, it’s possible to become an entrepreneur with little or no money; all you need is willingness to learn and start something cool.
What does success look like to you personally?
I feel I’m winning when I am free and able to do all the stuff I really love doing. Managing my startup, being with my friends and family, traveling, meeting new people…
What is your role at OneSite?
I’m the founder and CEO.
What does a productive day for you look like?
Working on my startup is usually something I enjoy doing. I try looking for new opportunities for my company and talk to my staff to see how we can improve OneSite. I usually manage my startup on the go, while doing all kinds of cool stuff.
Which problem are you solving with OneSite?
At OneSite, we basically enable people to create their own website completely for free. It doesn’t matter whether they are beginners or programmers; we have developed a platform that allows them to create their own website. Our competitive advantage is in terms of price, number of features and user experience.
Where does your motivation to solve this problem come from?
I’ve been involved in the Internet and websites industry since I was fourteen. I really wanted to start my own tech company and do cool things with it. I thought that doing so in this industry was the right thing due to my experience.
“Trying to validate yourself and prove everyone that you’re better than them isn’t the way to go.”
What does success look like for OneSite?
OneSite aims to become a key market player in the website industry. We want to stay cool, grow big and never lose our passion.
Which one thing would you love to tell your younger self?
Be yourself, and don’t be scared of that.
What has been your biggest failure?
Probably thinking that I was superior to other people at some point. That simply makes you unhappy and it simply doesn’t make sense at all. Some people are more intelligent, some are more clever and some are more whatever. That’s fine and that’s how humanity was designed. But that doesn’t make less intelligent people inferior to you. It simply means that they’re less intelligent, but they might be better off than you in some other aspects. Trying to validate yourself and prove everyone that you’re better than them isn’t the way to go.
What would you highly recommend aspiring entrepreneurs to do?
I recommend everyone to indeed start something they’re thrilled about, but to make sure they’re building something that makes sense. I feel that many entrepreneurs start very stupid ideas, which is okay, but it won’t give them enough money to earn a living out of them. It’s okay to start random ideas, as eventually one might work, but I feel it’s just better to think well about what you’re about to do, before actually executing it and spending your money on it.
How many users and paying customers do you have?
We’ve got around 10.000 free users right now. We’ll be launching our paid plan within a month from now, but we’re expecting a 5% conversion rate from the total amount of registered users.
How big is the team?
We’re four people in our team. Me, my CTO (Mike McCoy), Delfin Serrano (Happiness Hero) and Tykari White (Abuse Department).
What makes you worry?
I try to worry about the stuff that really matters (for example family issues, or health issues). I try not to stress out about trivial stuff.
Who is your favorite super hero?
I idolized the ex-president of Uruguay, Pepe Mujica.
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