Charlie Lambropoulous played college soccer at Colgate University and since graduating has been working in the software industry. Since his playing days, Charlie ran his own company in advertising technology, sold it and has now set his sights on building a product that he feels passionately about. That passion is to help people get better at the things they care about. His company is called vLoop and is focused around the idea of helping people use video to create better feedback loops and improve their technique.
CEO of vLoop
ONE WORD THAT DESCRIBES HOW YOU WORK
HOW DOES YOUR SOFTWARE DIFFERENTIATE ITSELF FROM GAMEBREAKER/ DARTFISH ETC?
We are focused on building easy to use web based tools that engage players more deeply and help them learn more effectively from video. We want to make the process of video analysis more accessible to a wider group of people.
HOW CAN IT BE USED TO PLAN/DELIVER A SESSION/ANALYSIS/FEEDBACK?
It is a very flexible platform so it can be used in a number of different ways. It is accessible from any device, so whether the session is in person or remote, coaches and players can easily discuss specific tactics or areas for improvement.
WHAT APPS, TOOLS OR SOFTWARE CAN’T YOU LIVE WITHOUT AND WHY?
Google Maps, the notes app on my MacBook and my Kindle app. I am not naturally very organized, so I would be a disaster without maps and notes. And the Kindle…eventually you run out of things to read on the Internet, so might as well turn to a book to keep you sane.
WHAT’S YOUR BEST TIME SAVING SHORTCUT OR LIFE HACK?
Don’t deliberate over decisions too much, it’s a waste of time. Just make a choice and you will get to the outcome you want more quickly through trial and error.
BESIDES YOUR PHONE AND COMPUTER, WHAT GADGET CAN’T YOU LIVE WITHOUT AND WHY?
My bike. Driving sucks.
WHAT EVERYDAY THING ARE YOU BETTER AT THAN EVERYONE ELSE?
Nothing…I just try not to get discouraged when things don’t go perfectly and focus on small victories to stay motivated…so I guess maybe persistence.
WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?
A Man on the Moon: Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts. It is inspiring to read about people who take major risks to accomplish such a huge task (especially since they weren’t even getting paid a lot to do it). Just goes to show that following your passions is a good way to live.
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WHAT’S THE BEST ADVICE YOU’VE EVER RECEIVED?
Don't ever feel sorry for yourself.