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Redeem a Pirq Deal and Help Provide a Meal- Q&A with James Sun

Redeem a Pirq Deal and Help Provide a Meal- Q&A with James SunJames Sun is the co-founder and CEO of Pirq. Previous to Pirq, James was the founder and CEO of where he led the company in building a scalable location-based platform for industry specific commercial and retail applications. As an active angel investor and strategic advisor, he’salso helped several startups with strategic business planning, capital investment, international partnerships, and acquisitions.

In his spare time, James is known as a public speaker and television personality. James was the first Seattle native to become a finalist on Donald Trump’s hit reality show “The Apprentice.” James then became the host of a television show called “War on Business” where he got to play the role of a business guru who travels around the world, meeting ambitious entrepreneurs and seeking to give them lessons on how to grow their businesses using principles from “Sun Tzu’s Art of War.”

James sits on the Board of the United Way of King County, which has an annual budget of $100 million to help the community. James is also an active Board Member of the King County Scoutreach Program, which supports Boy Scout opportunities for underprivileged inner-city children. Additionally, he sits on the advisory board of SeeYourImpact, which is an online micro-donations non-profit that supportschildren in developing countries.

What is your product or service?

Redeem a Pirq Deal and Help Provide a Meal- Q&A with James SunPirq is a free mobile app that provides hyperlocal, instant restaurant deals to consumers while on-the-go. We’re committed to bringing great deals and experiences to our customers while simultaneously supporting local businesses and giving back to the community. One of the many ways that Pirq supports local businesses is by driving traffic during their off-peak hours. Participating restaurants have control over the deals that they offer everyday and the time of day that they are valid, which helps them to fill tables during off-peak hours, build repeat customers, and increase profit during the hours that they are open.

A large component of Pirq is also giving back to the community, which is why we donate 10% of every Pirq deal redeemed to help feed the hungry in a program called Deals for Meals. Pirq’s Deals for Meals program has been ingrained in our business model from the very beginning, and it’s our goal to provide 10,000 meals a month to those in need. With Pirq everyone wins: users, restaurants and our community. And that’s something we’re very proud of.

Date officially launched?

The Pirq app officially launched in August 2011 along with our Deals for Meals program.

What came about that made you help in social change? Why was Deals for Meals created?

Redeem a Pirq Deal and Help Provide a Meal- Q&A with James Sun

James Sun & Bill Gates

I was inspired by a personal challenge from Bill Gates. Bill asked all tech entrepreneurs at an event organized by United Way to create a culture of giving back to the community. He called it creative capitalism. I asked him how startups could do that when we’re not Microsoft. We’re so tight on cash. He told me to build a way to give back into the actual business model. That planted the seed for me to create Deals for Meals.

Each time a customer redeems a free Pirq deal at one of our partnered restaurants, we donate 10% of our revenue to feed the hungry. And since Deals for Meals is a program that we’ve built into Pirq’s actual business model, as our business grows, so do our monthly donations to feed the hungry. We’re very excited for the day that our donations reach 10,000 meals a month, because that’s our goal.

Could others help you and how?

Yes, absolutely. Anyone can help by downloading the free Pirq app and redeeming a deal. In fact, the Pirq app will track how many meals you’ve donated to those in need. Together we can all make a difference in our community. We’d love to have you join us as we collectively work together to improve our community – one Pirq deal at a time.

Do you tweet,use Facebook, MySpace or any other social media channels to get the word out? (Please provide links)

Yes, Pirq is actively on both Twitter and Facebook.



What is the best advice you never got?

Sometimes, you have to listen to why you procrastinate. Everyone thinks that procrastination is a bad thing, but sometimes, it’s because your gut is telling you that you need more time to think about the decision. If you are not an inherently lazy person, and you start procrastinating on something…it means you need to sleep on it.

What is the one thing that you did right?

Hiring people who are doers and not just thinkers. There are too many people who want to only strategize and plan. You need doers in a startup culture.

What can you tell other potential social entrepreneurs who are deciding to make a difference?

Listen to your heart, calculate with your head, and act in faith.

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