Luanna Li

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Founder of Artrvl

Who is Luanna Li?

My name is Luanna, from China. Iโ€™m an Artrvler (art traveller) and the Founder of Artrvl, an artist-in-residence app for art lovers.

Can You Tell us the Story of Your Business?

I dived right into the execution of the concept once I figured the idea, making a demo, interviewing people, sketching MVP, and finding team members. I registered the company in June 2016 in Hong Kong and put up a crowdfunding campaign in July to test the market. The web app wasn’t developed much until my co-founder and good friend Wael joined the team in January 2017, we met in a trip in Tanzania 2016, our beta was launched 30th of July 2017, till now we have gained nearly 2k active users, and mentioned by some of the biggest media, such as El Pais.

What Has Been Your Biggest Struggle?

My biggest mistake so far was to keep one procrastinating developer and depend fully on one startup’s software to build my app for 6 months. We have to be really OUT there, use every resource, seize every opportunity, while we have the absolute control ourselves. Be very decisive, and fast.

What Has Been Your Greatest Achievement?

We are still far away from our goals.

Whatโ€™s Your Must-Read Business Book?

Most books from George Lois are damn good.

Whoโ€™s Your Most Inspirational Person?

Richard Branson.

Finally, Tell Us Something Interesting About Yourself?

I can change and control the plot of my dreams. Once I was wandering around in a big house in my dream, but I had to go to the loo urgently, In the dream I knew I was dreaming and I could locate my physical body lying in a bedroom in the big house, I ran as fast as I can to enter the bedroom, jumped into the body, then I woke up and went to the loo.

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