Freelancing is an appealing way to work because of the flexibility it gives to workers. However, some challenges come along with working for yourself—especially if you don’t have a team to brainstorm with, share tasks with, and even spend time with.
That’s part of the beauty of Feedcoyote, a Keyhorse-backed company with a collaboration network platform designed specifically for freelancers, aimed to help them succeed by providing ways to partner up and help each other complete projects. By collaborating and communicating right in the Feedcoyote platform, freelancers can stay on track and manage everything from their calendars to invoices more efficiently.
We asked the company’s founder and CEO, Dr. Stevens Bonhomme, a few questions about his journey, inspiration, and predictions for the future of freelancing.
How did you become interested in collaboration in freelancing?
SB: I became interested in collaboration in freelancing because I have worked as a freelancer myself and experienced the challenges of working alone on projects. I realized that many other freelancers also faced similar challenges after conducting several interviews, such as feeling isolated and struggling to manage projects effectively. I saw an opportunity to create a platform that could address these challenges by providing a way for freelancers to collaborate with others and work more efficiently. By building a collaboration network platform with built-in productivity tools, I hoped to create a solution that would help freelancers overcome these challenges and succeed in their work.
What inspired you to found a company?
SB: What inspired me to found a company was the desire to make a meaningful impact on people's lives in a scalable way. I've always been passionate about using technology to solve problems and make people's lives easier. As a freelancer, I saw firsthand the challenges that others in the community faced, including a lack of collaboration tools and productivity resources that could help them succeed. I wanted to create something that could address these challenges and make a real difference for freelancers everywhere.
By founding a company, I was able to bring together a talented team and build a platform that could help freelancers collaborate more effectively and be more productive in their work. I knew that by creating this platform, I could have a profound impact on the lives of many people in the freelance community and beyond. It's been an incredibly rewarding experience to see the impact our company has had, and I'm excited to continue growing and innovating to help even more people in the future.
What is the meaning of your company's name: Feedcoyote?
SB: Our company's name, Feedcoyote, is intended to reflect our mission of combining the flow of information with the agility of a coyote. The coyote is a well-known animal that is renowned for its adaptability and resourcefulness. As a company, we strive to embody these qualities by being nimble and able to quickly adapt to changes in the market and technology.
And the word 'feed' in our name represents our commitment to nurturing our community of freelancers and helping them thrive. We believe that by providing the tools and resources they need to collaborate and succeed, we can help freelancers take their businesses to the next level. By combining the flow of information with the agility of the coyote, we are creating a platform that empowers freelancers to achieve their full potential.
Tell us about your team: Who’s on it, and how did you meet?
SB: Feedcoyote was founded by a dynamic duo of freelancers-turned-entrepreneurs who recognized the need for a better way to connect and collaborate within the freelance community.
I am the CEO and founder of Feedcoyote, Stevens. As an economist with a PhD in Business Administration, and having worked at Microsoft for five years, I have a deep understanding of the challenges that freelancers face in today's market. I have also worked as a freelancer in the past, which gives me a unique perspective on the issues that our fellow freelancers deal with.
My co-founder and CTO, Volo, is a full-stack engineer with a double master's degree in computer applications and engineering. He has experience working in Upwork and understands the unique needs of freelancers in the tech space. As an experienced freelancer himself, Volo is passionate about using his skills to help other freelancers succeed.
Together, Volo and I recognized the need for a better way to connect and collaborate within the freelance community, which is why we founded Feedcoyote. We bring a unique blend of skills and experience to our platform, combining business acumen and technical expertise to create an optimal product for freelancers.
As a freelancer, I saw firsthand the challenges that others in the community faced, including a lack of collaboration tools and productivity resources that could help them succeed. I wanted to create something that could address these challenges and make a real difference for freelancers everywhere.
Where do you see freelancing headed in the near future?
SB: The freelance market is projected to continue growing in the coming years, with studies showing that 36% of the U.S. workforce is already freelancing. This growth is being driven by factors such as flexibility, remote work, and higher earnings potential. As the market grows, we can expect to see a greater emphasis on specialization and niche skills. We want to empower the 1.2B freelancers globally.
In addition, the rise of technology has made it easier for freelancers to connect with clients and collaborate with others remotely. Platforms like Feedcoyote are helping to facilitate this trend by providing a range of tools and resources that help freelancers be more productive and efficient.
What does success look like to Feedcoyote in the short term and long term?
SB: In the short term, success for Feedcoyote means building a strong community of freelancers who regularly collaborate with one another on package deals and larger projects. This includes connecting freelancers with complementary skills, providing end-to-end deal flow management tools, and fostering an environment of trust and reliability.
In the long term, our goal is to become the go-to platform for freelancers seeking to work together on complex projects. This means expanding our user base, providing more advanced collaboration tools and project management features, and developing a reputation for delivering high-quality, reliable services that meet the evolving needs of the freelance community.
Ultimately, success for Feedcoyote is about empowering freelancers to build successful businesses by connecting them with other professionals who can help them achieve their goals. By promoting collaboration and providing a platform that streamlines the deal flow process, we believe that we can help freelancers achieve their full potential and create successful, sustainable businesses that last for years to come.