Part one: An interview with Donorbox founder Charles Zhang: 10 years of trying before succeeding



Mario Stipetic

Watch the interview with Charles Zhang the founder of Donorbox, powerful fundraising software, or read the snippets below.  

Success is hard

"I was watching a video of Jeff Bezos in 1999. when Amazon was worth thirty billion dollars he himself was worth like nine billion dollars and I think he says he wakes up paranoid every single morning ... because there are risk factors from everywhere.
It took me about a solid 10 years of failures to launch something that is being used by a subset of people."


SF is a place where everybody's so open to hearing new ideas and no idea is too crazy there's a lot of outlandish ideas that come to San Francisco and you meet with ambitious people from all sectors of tech and so it's great. It's a great place to marinate your ideas.

"I kinda had a feeling what was missing from other donation forms and we got lucky to have a few test users just by reaching out to a few nonprofits. The key for us was going from 0 to 1 was submitting our apps into these strategic places.

The other key was to start using a donor form which you can just copy and paste the code we created."

A talk with Charles Zhang,
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