Use New App Quotiply to Connect with Customers and Suppliers

March 4, 2012

10:00 am

Even though he’s only 22 years old, Paul Dupuy is already a seasoned entrepreneur. Dupuy’s newest venture, Quotiply, launched last month and aims to help businesses communicate more effectively with each other.

Paris-based Quotiply connects companies with each other using a cutting-edge tool that helps businesses of all sizes interact with their suppliers and customers in a smooth and intuitive way. And since it’s cloud-based, the app can be accessed anywhere at any time, on computers, tablets and smartphones.

“In a world like this, where everything is connected, we feel businesses have been left out,” Dupuy said. “We are fixing that with a great app that connects companies together in the most efficient way.”

Quotiply automatically collects, rates and assesses offers from companies’ usual providers and then identifies the strongest contender for them. With full networking features baked in – such as profiles, messaging and contacts – members are connected through an advanced suggestions system. Quotiply helps members discover potential suppliers they would never have had the chance to consider as well as gain exposure that could lead to new business.

Also involved in online video ad company Actvertising and quirky brand Zoo Uniform, young Dupuy is already well positioned to offer advice to fellow entrepreneurs:

I’d say that before starting a company, you have to test the market to make sure there is space for your idea, or that your idea would significantly improve the life of your potential customers. I don’t believe in market studies only – as end customers tend to lack knowing exactly what they want- but you need some form of validation before taking the risk starting a company represents.

And what is the biggest lesson learned from his prior ventures?

“The biggest lesson I learned is to never give up. Launching a startup is hard, people are not always going to listen to you, but when you do great things and you keep trying, you create your own luck.”

You can check out Quotiply at www.quotiply.com and connect with Dupuy at @pauldepuy.

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Meg Rayford is a communications consultant based in Northern Virginia. She previously spent two years as the Director of Public Relations for a nonprofit startup, where she learned a lot about providing clean water for impoverished countries, even within the confines of a bootstrapped startup. She is the editor of Tech Cocktail, and she develops media strategies for companies in Washington, DC and Virginia. You can read her most recent work in the marketing chapter of the upcoming book, "Social Innovation and Impact in Nonprofit Leadership," which will be published in Spring 2014 by Springer Publishing. Follow her @megkrayford.

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