Nick Hollinger gained experience on job and then launched Visitor Queue
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Our next story revolves around a young entrepreneur who was too innovative to work 9 to 5. We bring to you Mr. Nick Hollinger, the CEO and founder of Visitor Queue, established in 2017. Let’s dig in to know how he planned to hire than to get hired.
Just like any other enthusiast who attempts to emerge and leave an impact, Nick also tried different hats. He worked as the Marketing Manager at an SMB B2B health and safety training company during his graduation years at Fanshawe College.
But Nick had bigger plans. He desired to convert his dream into a product. Nick started chasing the dream by developing software that identifies anonymous website visitors to increase lead generation effectiveness. He ended up with the concept of IP address reversal and partnered with his CTO to build the technical part of the software. Nick started doing market research, surveys and putting up a business plan for his own company since 2014 and it took him three years in 2017 to finally launch his company.
As customary for most start-ups, he worked on the company alongside, for over a year, with co-founder Taras Zubyak, until it was substantial enough to work full time. His hard work soon bore fruits, and the company’s saw an incline. He left his job and diverted all his attention to Visitor Queue full time. In just about a year, they grew to 8 employees working with a few thousand companies.
Visitor Queue's main objective is to increase business opportunities as facts don’t reveal very favorable statistical data for many web-based businesses. Stating a few, on average, 98% of website visitors leave the website without contacting the owner of the website.
This is where Visitor Queue excels. They hit the bull’s eye by fetching information like a company’s name, contact details, and user data. The platform offers connections easily. It also allows the companies to have an unlimited number of users working within Visitor Queue.
Visitor Queue’s business model is SaaS. SaaS is a subscription-based business model that involves a generation of profits after a considerably long period.
Visitor Queue has been ranked 10th on the Latka 100, and was designated as one of the fastest growing SaaS Companies in 2019. The venture has also been featured in Entrepreneur, Semrush, Inc., and Forbes.
Reminiscing on his journey as the CEO, He said, “ I went through a lot of books on leadership so that I could provide my team with more efficiency.” This ride has not been easy for him. He tripped on many stones by lacking initial planning. Even when the odds were not in his favour, his perseverance and determination to take his company to greater heights always encouraged him to keep going.
It has been two years since the company was established. Since then, Nick has been honored as London's Top 20 in their 20s, a title which he holds close to his heart. He often uses social media platforms to help budding entrepreneurs and provide them valuable suggestions. Apart from working as a CEO, he is also a part of the London Knights Hockey Club.
The company had a growth rate of 400% in 2019 under his leadership. He plans to increase the growth to more than 300% in 2020. When we asked him to provide young entrepreneurs with a slice of advice, he offered a very practical and genuine one. ”Do something disruptive and new. Work your ass off.” His direction will undoubtedly find an immediate application, and for that we thank Nick.
Company Website: http://www.visitorqueue.com
This story is contributed by Sanjana Yadav with editorial inputs from Yashika Khurana and Mary Olson. Sanjana is from Gurgaon, Haryana, India and is pursuing her BA(Hons) in Literature.
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