Zoltán Szilágyi

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Zoltán Szilágyi is a Romanian entrepreneur. Zoltán started avatoon in 2018.[1]

Zoltán Szilágyi, founder of avatoonZoltán Szilágyi, founder of avatoon




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Zoltán started avatoon in 2018. They detail the beginnings of their company in their Starter Story interview: [1]

Q: How did you get started on avatoon?

The three of us were hanging out a lot, and on one of these nights, Gergő took fancy of a cartoon avatar used by a Youtuber and so he got curious about how he can get one for himself. We did a little research and we found that the topic of avatars is somewhat obscure, it's not really discussed in depth anywhere.

We saw this as an opportunity and dug deeper. We realized there's a space for custom avatars, so we immediately put our heads together to come up with a solution to plug this hole in the market. We figured we’ll make a website for this purpose ourselves, since we are graphic designers, and hire artists to draw the avatars.

We had to gather money to execute our idea so for the next few months we kept our expenses at a minimum, and survived by eating only Pufulet, (a really cheap “traditional” Romanian snack containing 1% corn, 99% air, and 0% nutrients), and drinking rainwater.

These were rough times but after we saved up enough money, we started hiring freelancers and asked them to draw avatars. We hired the best artists we could find the full time.

These are the ones we chose:


Source [1]