Startup to Watch: Chompus

Last week I had the pleasure of interviewing Eva Roa and Soon Khen Owyong about their startup, Chompus. Now, obviously I’m biased since they’re really good friends of mine from AIESEC San Jose, but I truly do think their startup has potential so I hope you’ll take the time to check them out online.

Eva and SK are 2nd and 3rd from the left respectively.

I tried out this cool recording app called iTalk to record our interview but the 20 minute file was too big to transfer so you unfortunately won’t get the chance to hear it.

I started out writing out a transcript but it was taking so long I finally gave up, so instead you’re getting the highlights!

Chompus is an application that connects event planners and students. Eva and SK have somehow discovered how to kill 2 birds with one stone: end student hunger and help event planners reach attendee targets.

Student hunger is a huge problem in the US, much more so than is commonly believed. I remember meeting SK shortly after he moved here from Malaysia. He lived off of $1 Burger King…. now he’s graduated to $1 carrots (kidding!) The point is, student hunger is a very real problem. Tuition is expensive, rent is expensive, and prices in general just keep going up!

The flip side is student organizations on campus. The easiest way to get students to attend events is to offer free food, but in Eva’s own words ” Everyone and their mother is advertising to get people to come to their events.” (Lol, love you Eva <3)

Chompus sends subscribees text message reminders of events offering free food. Badabing, Badaboom! (More eva right there ;D) Students can get food and students orgs can get more attendees!

I don’t want to make this too long so I’ll save the stories for another post — you can look forward to some advice on entrepreneurship as well as some really nice stories about what it was like starting Chompus in the next weeks.


That’s all for now folks. Make sure to “like” Chompus on Facebook =]

PS: Chompus is hiring! Check out their marketing internships.

Wanna Get A Good Deed Under Your Belt?

What better way to start off the new year than to do a good deed? Even if you don’t cut down on candy/junk food enough or hit the gym 4 times a week, at the least you’ll have the satisfaction and resulting fuzzy feeling of knowing you helped change someone’s life.

Ok enough with the mushy intro. My friend Cherish would love nothing more than to go to Brazil. She’s not made of money though (Yeah, I know. Neither are you.) so she’s reaching out =]

Just like me, she’s a member of AIESEC, an amazing international student organization that has changed my life in ways I can only begin to explain. Ask anyone of my friends, they’ll tell you I’m crazy about it O=] As an AIESECer, you get to run your own business. You manage a global internship and conference program (you do sales, HR, comm., project management, everything.)

Let’s help Cherish go abroad. The internships don’t cost a lot but living in a foreign country for an extended period of time does. Can you spare $5? It’s not much, but if everyone who reads my blog gives her $5 we could help her get $1400 closer to her goal.

I donated, and I hope you will too.

Go here to read her story and see how much she has raised so far, and go here to share with your Facebook friends.