Today we’d like to introduce you to Martika Jones.
Hi Martika, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
My story started in Mississippi. I grew up in a small town, but I had big dreams. I wanted to be different. I wanted to be my own boss and accomplish what others considered impossible. At the age of 12, I set out on a 13-year long journey as a classically trained trombonist. I won several awards and was one of the top musicians in my state (I even got to travel to different countries to perform)! I was very fortunate to have many mentors in my life and the opportunity to study under world-renowned musicians at Montclair State University outside NYC. I practically received the Juilliard experience without the Juilliard tuition!
Even though music was my life, I realized wanted to channel my focus and discipline into other passions. I also had a love for content creation and technology. In 2015, I started a beauty blog called “Peace Love Chic”, which launched my influencer career. I spent the next three years working with 100+ companies and building lasting relationships with brands.
After relocating to Tampa, I noticed some opportunities in the industry and wanted to help innovate. So, I decided to start my entrepreneurial journey by quitting my 9 to 5 job and attending The University of Tampa where I got my Master of Science in Entrepreneurship. Midway through, I founded and launched my first tech venture and spent the next year learning the ins and outs of the startup world. This ultimately led to our recently launched tech startup, BŪP.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
It was definitely not a smooth road! With startups come many challenges. I just had those challenges while also trying to finish up a Master’s degree… Fun. I had to balance my graduate life along with my startup life. I also had to meet startup milestones to present for projects. Some of the biggest challenges and lessons involved were raising funding, finding the right team for our company, and letting people go. That’s the part no one can prepare you for. You just have to learn from experience.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about BŪP?
Ever wanted to make a lasting impression after meeting someone? Ditch the business cards and introduce yourself with the tap of a phone!
BŪP (Pronounced Boop) is a microsite/bio link tool for your social media as well as a physical NFC tag for contactless networking. BŪP solves the single link in bio problem across social media and allows individuals and businesses to share all of their content with their audience with the click of a link or tap of a phone (or BŪP)!
A bio link is a clickable URL that you can use on your Instagram, TikTok, and other social media profile descriptions. It is usually the first link people see and is essential to your digital first impression. Our tech startup specializes in providing tools to help individuals and brands leverage social media, and we are very proud of our ability to help users get discovered and save money while improving their content distribution at the same time with our easy-to-use platform.
What makes us different from the other guys is our ability to let our users be 100% creative on our platform. There’s no single template that everyone must use, so it lets our users truly OWN their links and be unique. We also have a pretty cool contactless and wireless method for networking. Our users can share their world IRL (In Real Life) with the tap of a phone!
With BŪP, users can:
• Create custom microsites to house all of their links, images, videos, music, content, & more
• Tap other phones with their BŪP Tag to send information wirelessly
• Replace their business cards with a single BŪP Tag
• Replace their Wix/Squarespace landing page with a sleek, minimalist social media microsite that’s affordable
• Create an instant real-life shortcut to the content they really want people to see
• Be 100% creative on our platform
Where do you see things going in the next 5-10 years?
The influencer marketing, digital marketing, and SaaS industry are showing no signs of stopping and will continue to grow as technology grows. I can definitely see a shift in the execution of certain tasks within each industry. Demand for convenience and efficiency is high, and people are seeking SaaS platforms that can help streamline specific tasks in their daily routine. I’m looking forward to helping innovate in these spaces!
- BŪP Tag – $15
- BŪP Bio – Free
- BŪP+ – $4.99/mo Or $50/yr
- BŪP Biz – $9.99/mo Or $96/yr
- BŪP Agency – $14.99/mo Or $144/yr
- Email: email@example.com
- Website: https://www.bup.bio
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bup.bio
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bupbiolink
- Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/bup_bio
- Other: https://firstname.lastname@example.org