Danny Kirk is the CEO and co-founder of 2Shoes App, a web-based application that allows event attendees to easily ask presenters questions.
What part of Arizona do you call home?
How did you get started in the tech industry?
I got my Bachelor of Arts in Trumpet Performance at The University of Arizona. I was a Shirley G. Schmitz Fellow in college, which introduced me to entrepreneurs in tech. It was from that group that I became interested in building a tech company.
What was your very first entrepreneurial venture?
An Olympic lifting and martial arts gym.
What do you currently do?
I am currently the CEO of 2Shoes, INC.
How did you come up with the idea for your current business?
The idea for 2Shoes came from my co-founder, Elliot, and I having a teacher that made it uncomfortable to ask questions. I was also in a 700 person class that passed around a single microphone in order to have audience engagement. We saw both as a huge problem and developed our MVP off of this.
What is your favorite part about running a business?
The daily adventure and challenges. Getting to work with individuals I enjoy being around and trust. Tackling a big goal with limited resources and having to problem solve to accomplish it.
What was the biggest challenge in executing this idea?
Creating a software company without a technical team member.
How long have you lived or worked in Arizona?
I’ve lived in Tucson for nine years now. I live downtown—right in the action of all the new development. It has been incredible to see the city grow from what it was when I arrived at the UA nine years ago to where it is today. There is now more talent retention and individuals forming companies to solve big problems. It is amazing to be a part of.
If you could only describe your city with one word, which word would it be?
This is a hard one, but I would say “pleasant.” Tucson may not be my favorite place on Earth, but it checks off more boxes of what I enjoy than any other place. The lifestyle is quite enjoyable and the cost of living is low. It’s a great place to live, and I’m part of a very important time for the city.
What’s your favorite thing about living in Arizona?
The diversity of the natural ecosystem. We have everything from stark desert to breathtaking alpine forests to raging rivers. Not many states can claim that.
What’s your least favorite thing about living in Arizona?
We are close to the ocean (in Mexico), but I would enjoy being around more water.
In what area do you think Arizona still has a long way to go?
The quality of the educational system. We also need to pay teachers more.
The foodie scene is growing bigger and bigger by the day here in Arizona. What is your favorite place to get breakfast in your city?
Taco Shop for a quick bite and Wilco for a nice brunch.
What’s your favorite place to grab lunch?
What’s your favorite dinner spot?
Maynards Market has a great extended happy hour and amazing food/atmosphere.
What’s your favorite place to work in your city aside from your office?
Cartel Coffee on Campbell Ave.
Photo by Anonymous.
Best place for a meeting over drinks?
Ermanos on 4th Ave.
What is your favorite memory from Arizona?
Any number of outdoor trips from Whitewater canoeing in the Gila Box Canyon to bouldering in Flagstaff.
What is something about living in Arizona that only a local would know of?
The desert is beautiful. People think deserts are bleak, but they have an immense amount of diversity and beauty.
Any tips for new Arizona residents?
Get outdoors and explore. There are a lifetime’s worth of experiences out there waiting to be had.
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