Since the beginning of JOLT, Team Hypejar has made it a point to reach out to as many people as possible in the vast network of mentors. Picking the brains of experienced entrepreneurs and industry experts has been very helpful in making us aware of tricks and pitfalls. But it has also connected us with the mentors’ incredible wealth of personal contacts, the importance of which cannot be understated.
One of the biggest decisions we had to make was to overhaul our site’s design for the extension of the Hypejar platform, which we will be introducing at the end of May. It was an extensive process, from finding the right people to work with, to tweaking specific elements of the design, to making our UX as seamless as possible.
To illustrate the importance and the role of our mentors during the process, we were fortunate enough to team up with a highly-regarded designer through an introduction we got from a mentor. We also had access to various UX consultation sessions through other introductions. Consulting UX experts has been extremely fruitful as we had the opportunity to bounce perspectives off of seasoned experts in the field.
What’s great about being in JOLT and MaRS ecosystem in general is that a lot of our mentors work in close proximity to downtown Toronto. Whenever we need to pick someone’s brain, all we have to do is walk over to the other side of the MaRS buidling or hop in a cab for a short ride. We are especially lucky to have two of our main advisors, Mark Zimmermann and Nathan Monk, in the same office space. They are always there to help us whenever we need advice. As for other mentors, we send out emails of our progress and new developments regularly. It is a great way to keep in touch while giving them important updates on Hypejar.