Interview with Joseph Vadakkekara, Co-Founder of heykiki

Joseph Vadakkekara is the co-founder of, a social media site that provides a common platform to communicate and encourage activity sharing among people with similar interests.  heykiki lets users connect with local instructors and practice partners for any interest.  Users can find credible instructors in their neighborhood based on ratings/reviews while instructors can expand their client base through our targeted userbase.  The company is currently looking for Ruby on Rails developers.  Joseph will be presenting on April 29th at the NY Tech Mixer Meetup’s Demos & Drinks event.

Tell me how it all started, where did your vision/inspiration come from?

It was a bright and beautiful Sunday afternoon and some of us had decided to meet at Sheep’s Meadow in Central Park. While walking towards our meeting point, we saw activity all around us. Running, walking, cycling, blading, frisbee, baseball, cards, reading, crosswords, soccer, boating – even cricket! People were genuinely happy to be enjoying activities they liked with people they liked.

And then began the discussion…

“Wow, there’s so much going on…”
“Look how fit the runners are. I wish I had someone to run with me. I hate running alone.”
“I miss playing the guitar. I’ve forgotten how. I’d love to learn again.”
“I love playing tennis so much I could give lessons and make some extra money.”

And then began the excitement…

“It will be so cool to try different things.”
“How do people even know what’s out there?”
“What if we found a way to connect people with similar interests that want to either try new things or pick up old interests – in their neighborhood or when traveling?”
“Hey…wait a minute…”

And then came Kiki…

“Who are the people who will enjoy this stuff?”
“Someone who loves life, lives life, gets a kick out of life.”
“A Kick…maybe kicky…keeki…Kiki…YES, Kiki!”
And that’s how Kiki was born.

What keeps you motivated?

Keeping my mind and body active through various hobbies/interests.

What advice would you give to other aspiring entrepreneurs?

Be patient and persistent.

Lastly, as a Demos and Drinks Event, what’s your drink of choice?

Cafe patron.