Business Name: Volkalize, LLC, a political social networking site
Type of Business: Internet and Politics
Business Location: San Diego, California, United States
Reason for starting
I have always had a passion for politics. I was like most people, I felt frustrated with mainstream media bias and selective coverage. My friends would always say to me that they felt like they couldn’t trust any news because it was all biased. I wanted to encourage people to become engaged in politics. I am from the social media generation, we do everything online, so I felt that I had to create a place online for it to really catch on. I decided to create a place where people could debate each other, so that both sides of an argument are presented.Volkalize.com is a place where People Power Discussion: people create the topics, people provide the facts and opinions to debate each other, and the people are responsible for spreading political information through the internet. Volkalize.com makes it easy for our members to share topics through all other social media platforms and email as well. I want political information to become more mainstream, by creating a political social networking site we are integrating politics with popular culture.
How do you define success?
To me success is having an impact on society. I will feel like Volkalize.com is a success when more people vote, more people are educated about politics, and when more people realize how politics affects their personal lives.
My biggest success so far was launching the website. I started working on Volkalize.com at 21 years old and it’s taking on a big project at such a young age can be intimidating. I am proud that we launched successfully, and the site has been growing and running smooth ever since. I am getting very positive feedback about the idea and functionality behind Volkalize.com, which is also very exciting.
What is your top challenge and how have you addressed it?
Its hard for me to choose what challenge has been the most tough. Honestly it doesn’t feel like work because I love what I do. Every “challenge” is a fun and exciting experience. I have learned a lot while working on Volkalize.com.
Who is your most important role model?
I would say my most important role models are my parents. They have always encouraged me to follow my passions in life. My parents were entrepreneurs and I had seen them start business ventures growing up. They taught me that success takes time, hard work, and passion. They always taught me the importance of paying attention to politics, and that as members of the free world, is a our duty to promote and protect our liberty.