GH: What did you learn from your first customers?
M&Z: We have learned that each situation brings new challenges to the table. Since each customer and
freelancer has their own individual needs, we have to constantly listen and understand our market to adjust the
platform to best reflect both general and personal needs.
GH: What has the Boston ecosystem provided you?
M&Z: We had the great opportunity to be selected for the Emerson Launch program which provided us with
money, mentors and co-working space. Zac goes to Berklee so we have been very lucky to be part of the
ICE (Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship)
program which has given us amazing opportunities to network in the
most creative and energetic environments. Having the support of our schools has been awesome!
GH: What's the best/worst piece of advice you were given along the way?
M&Z: The best piece of advice we received was a reminder of the difficulty of going down the road of an
entrepreneur. Every day is different and offers new challenges. The trick to success is to never stop learning,
listening and watching. A partnership is like a relationship and needs to be transparent and be based on strong
communication. Be fast and flexible to the changes that happen and never be complacent.
GH: What does the future hold for bistara?
M&Z: bistara will continue to grow and eventually become the largest freelance site and hub dedicated to
college freelancers. As the platform grows, we will be able to implement new features to aid our community