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Alliv Samson

Co-founder and COO | Kami

 

Alliv’s entrepreneurial journey started in 2013 when looking for a better way to collaboratively take lecture notes whilst studying at the University of Auckland. Working with other students, an app called Notable.ac was born.

The co-founders worked through their idea in the Velocity 100K challenge in 2013 (then called Spark) and experienced their first success by being named finalists.

After successfully passing the milestone of one million annotations they refined their business model and product and Notable was renamed Kami in 2015. Alliv and her team are constantly developing and improving, which has required a special way of thinking.

“Having an innovative and entrepreneurial mindset gives me a better view of the world, the strength to tackle obstacles and the confidence to take risks,” explains Alliv.

“Execution is important. I always believe that ideas have no value until you do something about it. You have to be prepared to either succeed or fail. What is important is to execute fast and learn from the process.”

Kami now has five million users and a well-defined revenue model with a team spread across the United States, New Zealand, and the Philippines. It hasn’t always been easy though, Alliv says.

“When my fellow co-founders and I first launched our business, the market didn’t respond as well as we expected but instead of giving up, we decided to approach the problem in a different way, it was that entrepreneurial mindset and belief in our vision that got us to where we are today.”

Alliv believes that her Arts degree also contributed to her success, laying the foundations for being an entrepreneur: “I envision and perceive things in a unique way as a result of what I learned at University.”

“I have learned how to take risks and have the confidence to pursue my vision. It has also given me a clear understanding that all failures and successes result in valuable learnings that have helped me move forward.”

The best advice Alliv has had came from one of her investors, Sam Altman, the President of startup accelerator Y Combinator, “follow your instincts and take risks”.

Alliv Samson graduated from the University of Auckland with a Bachelor of Arts.

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Alliv Samson

Co-founder and COO | Kami

 

Alliv’s entrepreneurial journey started in 2013 when looking for a better way to collaboratively take lecture notes whilst studying at the University of Auckland. Working with other students, an app called Notable.ac was born.

The co-founders worked through their idea in the Velocity 100K challenge in 2013 (then called Spark) and experienced their first success by being named finalists.

After successfully passing the milestone of one million annotations they refined their business model and product and Notable was renamed Kami in 2015. Alliv and her team are constantly developing and improving, which has required a special way of thinking.

“Having an innovative and entrepreneurial mindset gives me a better view of the world, the strength to tackle obstacles and the confidence to take risks,” explains Alliv.

“Execution is important. I always believe that ideas have no value until you do something about it. You have to be prepared to either succeed or fail. What is important is to execute fast and learn from the process.”

Kami now has five million users and a well-defined revenue model with a team spread across the United States, New Zealand, and the Philippines. It hasn’t always been easy though, Alliv says.

“When my fellow co-founders and I first launched our business, the market didn’t respond as well as we expected but instead of giving up, we decided to approach the problem in a different way, it was that entrepreneurial mindset and belief in our vision that got us to where we are today.”

Alliv believes that her Arts degree also contributed to her success, laying the foundations for being an entrepreneur: “I envision and perceive things in a unique way as a result of what I learned at University.”

“I have learned how to take risks and have the confidence to pursue my vision. It has also given me a clear understanding that all failures and successes result in valuable learnings that have helped me move forward.”

The best advice Alliv has had came from one of her investors, Sam Altman, the President of startup accelerator Y Combinator, “follow your instincts and take risks”.

Alliv Samson graduated from the University of Auckland with a Bachelor of Arts.

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