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Budding Entrepreneurs Turn Modest Investment into $150,000 AI Startup

With a meagre initial investment of $185 (Dh600), two ambitious entrepreneurs and close friends used ChatGPT to launch a firm.

According to a report by CNBC, two aspiring entrepreneurs and close friends leveraged assistance from ChatGPT to build a startup with a meager initial investment of $185 (Dh600).


Their journey made headlines when they decided to sell the AI startup for $150,000 (Dh550,000).

Meet the Innovators Behind DimeADozen:

The report revealed that Salvator Aiello and Monica Powers, the two entrepreneurial minds behind this remarkable venture, conceived and developed an AI research tool expressly designed for testing business ideas, which they named “DimeADozen.”

A Game-Changing AI Tool:

DimeADozen, as described on its official website, has the unique ability to “validate any business idea in seconds.” This dynamic duo consists of Monica, a product designer, and Salvator, a software engineer, who brought this innovative solution to life together.

Originally conceived as a side project, DimeADozen quickly gained momentum, transforming into a highly profitable endeavor with minimal expenses, as highlighted in the report.

Entrepreneurial Success Story: From Startup to Acquisition:

Their startup was eventually acquired by a couple, Felipe Arosemena and Danielle de Corneille. Salvator and Monica continue to play an active role in the company’s operations, maintaining a connection with their brainchild.

Despite their impressive achievement, Salvator and Monica have chosen to dedicate a few hours each week to nurture and further develop DimeADozen.

Their vision extends beyond the current success to capture the attention of industry giants such as Salesforce.

A Vision for the Future:

Salvator and Monica aspire for DimeADozen to evolve into a ubiquitous tool for businesses, facilitating validation and learning processes.

In Salvator’s words, “The bigger vision is: It becomes a ubiquitous tool to run a business through to validate and learn about it.”

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