Today, I interviewed Mark Metry, who is a young entrepreneur pursuing big dreams. Many of the other Founders I've interviewed should adopt his 'limits don't exist' mindset. It reminds me of Elon Musk.
Plus, his startup is in the virtual reality space. Exciting stuff!
Q: Tell us about you and your startup, and where the inspiration came from.
I am the founder of VU Dream. My company has high hopes of becoming a global Virtual Reality Educator & Distributor that will be the stepping stone to the VR future. The inspiration for this came from a research paper I was writing for school about Virtual Reality. I discovered all of the amazing uses it has for human benefit and the potential positivity it has for this world.
I had to write a research paper for one of my classes at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, Massachusetts. I chose Virtual Reality and discovered so many amazing uses and purposes and the way it could benefit people’s lives around the world. From education to healthcare, VR will be a huge part in each of our live’s in the future. I decided to not take this opportunity for granted and take the chance to try and add some kind of value to the world.
Today, I am announcing my first and official Technology based startup; VU Dream will launch on December 16, 2016. VU Dream strives to inform about the potential of Virtual Reality and provide VR technology at an affordable rate for the entire world. VU Dream will carry a catalog from over a hundred manufacturers.
I am personally most excited for this. VU Dream will open an Education Program within one week of launch that will introduce a new approach to redefining learning in schools while making it affordable for students & schools.
Q: As founder what are some things that are important to you?
As the founder of VU Dream I will lead the company to success. My job will be to make it a people first company. We will operate with a strong sense of morals and ethics in every aspect of our business. Our goal is to make this world a better place one headset at a time.
On December 16th, across 18 different universities across the country we will be running a promotion giveaway for 5 Virtual Reality Headsets. If you go to college somewhere in the world or live in a big city contact us on our website to volunteer.
Q: What is one thing you'd tell to other aspiring student entrepreneurs?
I'm humbled to be labeled in that category. I would tell aspiring student entrepreneurs to start living in the legitimate world and take your personal experience into account. We are taught a perception of the world that is trying to make you less of what you are and what you can do. Have faith in yourself and this world, the only limitations that exist are the ones you make yourself.
Q: How do you balance a startup with your personal life?
I've yet to find that out. So far, just working on the startup alone it has been extremely time consuming but still very fun and exciting. Every single day after class I would find some random cafe in the city and work for hours and hours on end.
Q: You play an integral role in your startup. Can you please tell us more about what the startup does? How does it work? Can anyone join?
The startup; VU Dream does 2 things. Educate people and provide VR Headsets for people around the world. We work with manufacturers & developers directly and get their products for a low cost. The more minds the better. If you are looking for a job you can apply on our website.
Q: What is the most challenging part about what you do? How do you overcome that challenge?
Since the startup hasn't launched yet my main difficulty was actually getting out of my head and entering the real world. We are told so many things throughout our lives that make us perceive limitations in every single thing that we do.
Once I understood that limits didn't exist it was very easy to make and build everything required to get this company going.
Q: Where can we learn more?
Head over to vudream.com