The super young team swimming in the vast ocean market
By Kendra R. ChamberlainPosted Nov 9, 2011
They may look like guppies, but these guys are not green around the gills. Not when it comes to presenting, at least. Founder Kenny Nguyen tells people it all started when he sat through a painfully bad presentation, and realized he didn’t want to have to go through that ever again. Don’t we all. So Nguyen, a junior at LSU, got his friends together and started Big Fish through a student incubator program. That was in February. Now, they have an office in Perkins Rowe, a respectable client list, and a whole lot of growing (in the business sense) still left. Dig spoke with Nguyen last week about his awesome business team.
Dig: How long have you guys been doing presentations professionally?
Kenny Nguyen: The company’s been around since February 2011. Just a few months. The company I had before that failed, so I guess you could say September of 2010, but with no revenue. We couldn’t sell that business, but we could sell the presentation that we used.
Dig: What was the old business?
KN: Wii-whiteboards, where we would connect a wii controller to a projector, and turn a projected surface into a SMART Board. It sounds cool, but it’s a commodity – that’s not going to change anybody’s lives. A presentation can help someone get a few million-dollar investments.
Dig: Your team is all very young – you’re all undergraduates, and, with the exception of one member, you’re all barely legal. How’d you guys meet?
KN: I’ve known them since I was 12 years old. We played in the same band!
We’re best friends, but we respect each other. We argue sometimes, but we work together. We each bring a separate piece of the puzzle in. We all look at things differently, which is always a good thing. [Drew Reilley, the oldest member of the team, is] in the band Meriwether. My first concert was Meriwether, and I think that’s true for some of the other members, so we all thought Drew was a huge rock star. He’s a valuable member of our team. He’s our graphic designer.
Dig: What exactly goes into a good presentation?
KN: Our business does three things right now. The first thing is obviously presentation design, the second one is focusing on the communication aspect. We want the presenters to shine, and that comes with a whole essence of the presentation. We want the people that present to feel confident on stage. If you can have that skill, you can sell anything. After that, we decided to go on with video, because that’s another part of the presentation experience that we want to deliver. The bulk of what we’re working on, right now, is successful design. We handle the selling point, the story telling, the experience.
Dig: Big Fish was the first company from LSU to attend the Global Student Entrepreneurial Awards earlier this year. What was that like?
KN: We walked away with a very valuable experience. We didn’t win, because we were too young – we were the youngest company there. We were the only ones that brought our whole team up there, and I thought that was very important. We wanted the whole team to be immersed in the experience and get motivated. I remember we came back, rested for a few hours, and went right back to the office.
Dig: What’s going to happen when everyone is finished up with school?
KN: I thought about leaving, actually. I thought maybe California, at one point. But Baton Rouge will always be home, and this is where I want to build the company. There’s no other presentation design company that’s really well done in the South.
We are focusing a little more outward from Louisiana right now, like the Alabama and Dallas areas, and we have some companies in New York and Washington, already.
I want to establish our company as a place you can go, not only if you need a good presentation, but also someone who can help you deliver that presentation to get you to your goal.
Check out www.BigFishPresentations.com to learn more about this awesome company.