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Chris Vaughn

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Chris Vaughn is a successful entrepreneur who founded Saucey, an innovative alcohol delivery app that is changing the way people drink. Formerly in the banking industry, Vaughn came up with the idea for Saucey one day at work when he wanted a glass of wine but discovered he was all out. After making a trip to the liquor store, Vaughn realized there was a gap in the market and that he had to do something about it. Together with friends Daniel Leeb and Andrew Zeck, he launched Saucey in 2013 and was met with success right out the gates. Two years later Vaughn raised $4.5 million in seed money in order to increase the app’s efficiency and overall platform.

Vaughn graduated from Loyola Marymount University, but credits his exposure to various life experiences and adventures with giving him his entrepreneurial spirit and motivation. He has traveled all over the world and outsources numerous services to teams overseas, such as in Croatia.

Saucey was not Vaughn’s first entrepreneurial endeavor. In 2008, he founded Varmola, a digital marketing and web content agency. Three years later in 2011, he started TextPlus (now Jarvus), an app that allows people to capture memories and life events, turning them into group albums and conversations. It was during his time spent working on TextPlus that the idea for Saucy came about. Today Saucy stands as the #1 rated alcohol delivery app, making a point to work with local businesses in order to drive revenue and encourage brand loyalty.

Sources used to write this entrepreneur’s profile include the entrepreneur’s personal LinkedIn profile, a November 2014 interview with Next Shark, an August 2014 interview with Forbes, and a September 2015 article in TechCrunch.

Companies and Investments

Saucey (CEO & Founder), Jarvus (Founder & CEO), Varmola (Founder & Digital Marketing Strategist), Livefrye (Director of Native Ad Partnerships)

Lessons Learned

Think outside the box and make your own experiences. You will be amazed at how much you can learning from just living.

Focus on picking partners and a team that are brilliant and are experts in areas you are not as skilled at.

Be honest with yourself and those around you. You can’t do it all, and that’s OK.

In order to be successful, construct a team that is supportive and complements one another.

Look for people who have experience in other areas and categories than yourself. In doing so, you are sure to end up with a much more well-rounded team.

Be passionate about what you are doing and never give up.

Don’t be afraid to learn from your mistakes and take note of what you can do differently in the future. Chances are your first business venture won’t go exactly as planned, but you are bound to learn a lot.

Inspiring Quotes

Chris Vaughn's Quotes

I’m a big believer in responsibility-driven cultures. I can rely on my co-founders and they can rely on me to get stuff done

Chris Vaughn

I think college teaches you very basic skills in a very basic way of thinking that’s required

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