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Jainam started CanvasChamp in 2012. They detail the beginnings of their company in their Starter Story interview: 
Q: How did you get started on CanvasChamp?
It’s so happened that one beautiful day, I was just hanging out with my father an evening while we were discussing our family photos. My father suddenly picked up one photo from the album and said, “This is one of the best photos of us. How amazing would it had been that we could find a way to frame our favorite photos artistically.”
I had zero experience, but I did know from my previous job in college that I was good at learning and collecting from data, setting up and building experiments over and over again, and making business decisions with the information provided to me. I believe that this is one of the most important qualities you can have to be a successful entrepreneur.
Suddenly it dawned on me that I should get the photo that my father likes so much, framed. But I checked out the market and saw that the market had split between low-cost providers that would personalize your products very cheaply (of questionable quality) and designers who would personalize your products very expensively (and still of dubious quality). And I only found an opportunity for business in personalized products that way. So I thought to focus on filling a gap which delivered more premium products but well below the designer prices.
Anyway, I had some amount of money saved up from working at my father’s business, and both my father and I put around 10,000 USD each into the company. Hence, we started with an LLC, a bank account, and contracted one of our contacts to start making us a website.
I had zero experience in e-Commerce, but I did know from my previous job experience back during college times that I was good at learning and collecting from data, setting up and building experiments over and over again, and making business decisions with the information provided to me. I believe that this is one of the most important qualities you can have to be a successful entrepreneur.
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- Pat Walls, Founder @ Starter Story
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