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#23, Alex Smereczniak, 2ULaundry

October 2, 2019

Alex is one of the founders of 2ULaundry, one of the hottest startups in Charlotte that just raised a large round of funding successfully.  In this episode John and Alex discuss leaving a successful consulting job to start a company based on an experience in under grad.  Alex tells the story of starting a company at 24 and growing it quickly and beating a couple of much more well-funded Silicon Valley companies. 
00:01:30-00:08:40
Alex explains 2ulaundry’s brand and mission-“To create the first nationally recognized brand in laundry and dry cleaning.”
Alex walks us through 2ulaundry’s start on college campuses to where they are now- “Saving the average family of 4 about 30+hours/month doing their own laundry.”
John asks Alex what needed to be done in order to make his idea a reality:
Gaining confidence in myself- “I knew that I had to do this. I didn’t want to hit 30 and regret not going after this with everything I got.”
Surrounding myself with the right people that were willing to take the risk with me. 
Studying the market and other companies that had the right idea but wrong business models to learn from their mistakes. 
LINKS:

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https://www.americaninno.com/charlotte/news-charlotte/florida-founders-invests-1-27m-in-2ulaundry/ 
https://www.bizjournals.com/charlotte/news/2019/05/20/charlotte-startup-2u-laundry-eyes-national-growth.html
https://www.linkedin.com/company/2u-laundry/
https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/2u-laundry

Washio on-demand laundry service shuts down operations


00:18:00-00:22:41
Alex describes how he ran the company from his car in the early days of 2ulaundry
John highlights the similarities between 2ulaundry’s and Dominos Pizza’s origin stories
Alex on building a founding team based on this advice- “You need a hustler, a hacker and a hipster to build a successful company.”
LINKS:
Dominos founding story: 
https://www.company-histories.com/Dominos-Inc-Company-History.html
https://www.startupgrind.com/events/details/startup-grind-charlotte-presents-2ulaundry-founders-dan-daquisto-alex-smereczniak/

2ULaundry Raises $6M Series A In Bid to Become Laundry’s “Great National Brand”


00:29:34-00:34:22
We find out what Alex plans to do with this round and the next round of funding.
John and Alex share how to be dto get funding and how to continue the momentum-“Prove efficacy, profitability and sustainable growth.” 
Alex explains his 3 pillars of a successful founder that are necessary to keep a company funded: 
Hire the best people
Establish a clear vision
Make sure to articulate that vision
Where Alex sees 2ULaundry in 5 years.
00:44:00-00:51:35
Alex compares his experience building their first brick and mortar to a scene from McDonald’s movie ‘The Founder’.
John asks Alex to talk about what it means to have someone like Beck on the 2ulaundry team because of his generations of laundry experience .
Alex-“I feel like everything happens for a reason. Coincidentally, Beck was one of my fraternity brothers.”
John – “Having someone that understands the fundamentals of the business is enormous.” 
Alex discusses the unexpected effects of combining a laundry mat-retail and whole sale operation.
LINKS:
‘The Founder’- https://youtu.be/AX2uz2XYkbo
https://www.f6s.com/beckmiller

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