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Meet Jake Obremski and Neil Glazier of Dablr

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jake Obremski and Neil Glazier.

Jake and Neil, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
As two 17-year-old juniors in high school, we were looking to start something of our own as we had just quit our part-time jobs. One of our friends told us that he couldn’t go and get a part-time job because it would interfere with his hockey schedule, so he started posting fliers for lawn mowing services.

This is what originally sparked the idea. We thought it would be much easier to send these local jobs to his phone rather than having him waste time and effort putting up fliers.

After that, we simply started brainstorming what we wanted it to be. We made linkedin accounts and started sending messages to entrepreneurs in Chicago just wondering if they would be willing to sit down and give us advice. It proved to be extremely valuable, it was the best thing we ever did.

Today Dablr has become much more than high schoolers making extra cash. People in their 40’s and 50’s have signed up to do work, and people are connecting every day to hire a vetted and skilled local to come and help with any chore or small job.

Has it been a smooth road?
It definitely has not been a smooth road! As young entrepreneurs, we had the enormous challenge of building a company, which is tough enough as it is, as well as having the learning curve of business in general.

Also along the way, there were also challenges with the product. People didn’t want to use what we thought they would want, so we had to really focus on listening to people and hearing what they would and wouldn’t use. There were even times after class we would stop and ask our teachers a list of questions to get as much feedback as we could.

Of course, once we released our first product, that didn’t mean the customer feedback stopped. We always asked our users what they liked and didn’t like, which we would then fix.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Dablr – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
Dablr is a community marketplace that lets users outsource chores and small jobs they need done or can’t do. Common chores we see posted are moving, furniture assembly, packing/organizing, cleaning, among many other odd jobs.

The best part about our product is you get to choose how much you’re willing to pay. Unlike our competitors, we aren’t a “booking” platform. You post what you need to be done as well as how much you’re willing to pay, and within minutes interested vetted locals can apply to your chore.

From there, you are able to review and compare profiles which include verification methods, ratings and reviews, as well as experience and a personalized message. There are no service fees or any fees included when hiring, so what you say is what you pay. If you offer $50, that is what will be charged. You can tip your Dablr 0f course which will be added on to your total payment.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I love Chicago because of how much opportunity there is. We’ve had so much help from mentors from Chicago and it really goes to show the kind of people that are here.

Although I love the city around Christmas time, the constant cold is something we could do without!

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