Business Insider interviews Kiki Valdes of Ownzee

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(Business Insider) – Tumblr provided a simple way to make pretty blogs. Ownzee.com however, seeks to go one step further in design-based blogging, the artist/company co-founder Kiki Valdes told us over the phone on Wednesday afternoon.

Better yet, Valdes and his co-founder brother are finding some success in turning a site that facilitates easy, beautiful blogging into a real business.

After the pair’s initial idea, Openzine.com, proved to be too much effort with little monetary return, they launched the new venture.

For $5 per month or $45 per year people can use the site to simply and easily build blog posts, which can be posted on Ownzee.com or sent to a personal blog. Users can upload and scale photos, chose from over 20 fonts, move around content, and more to create virtually whatever they can imagine.

“It’s a design tool for individual blog posts,” Kiki, 30, said. “Each post is like an empty canvas and you drag and drop. It has a lot of similarities to making pages in print magazines.”

Another way to think about it: A meme-maker on steroids.

Roughly 300 users have signed up during the three months since Ownzee.com began accepting payments More are joining every day.

Additionally, the Valdes’ are focusing on recruiting some of the 60,000 people who use Openzine. They hope they can convince some of that audience to pay for the ease of Ownzee.

After spending around $20,000 to launch Openzine, which was a free service, the brothers decided that establishing a revenue model for Ownzee would be a priority.

“We’re going to do it like we’re a small company, like someone opening a store,” Valdes said. “We have to make revenue somehow. We’re not going to ask people for money until we know that people actually make money.”

If the plan works, they may not have to ask anyone for cash; they’ll be turning it down.

Source: Business Insider

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