Growing up sports were the center of my universe. It wasn't until after working in the financial industry that my interests started to shift towards entrepreneurship and technology. Startup Institute intrigued me since it was my bridge into the local startup scene. I wanted to integrate my interests in startups with a creative role that allows me to develop new ideas.
The digital marketing track provided a holistic view that helped me understand the intricacies within the online marketplace. I'm eager to leverage my quantitive background into a career in technical marketing. As a creative thinker, I'm interested in learning how to create unconventional growth hacks.
Born & raised in Boston, my favorite sports teams include the Boston Celtics & New England Patriots. As someone who prefers sunny weather I left Portland, OR for the sunny beaches of Miami, Florida. On my downtime I enjoy reading about: business, sports, news, music, and tech. My favorite information channels are reading articles, watching documentaries, and listening to podcasts.
Why did you attend Startup Institute?
Startup Institute was four years in the making. First time I attended an SI info session, their office were located in the Leather District. In 2017, I finally took the leap.
My interests in startups grew after college around the time Facebook and Twitter were created. It was astonishing to see how technology enabled people to connect. Since then I've studied entrepreneurship and startups by mostly reading and listening to podcasts. My interests in digital marketing and design prompted me to attend startup institute. Both tracks were interesting to me as I could see myself as a growth hacker, product manager, or ux designer. I needed more training to get a better understanding of which job titles would be a better fit for my natural skill set. To my surprise, it was the soft skills like networking and career focus that ended up being the most valuable take aways from SI.
Is there one experience that stands out for you from your time at SI?
The one experience that stood out to me was the 24 hour Hackathon. It was special because we were tasked to help promote Gillette's new Gillette on Demand Program. Our assignment was to help increase their total subscribers by updating their website and suggesting a new marketing campaign. My team actually won the Hackathon (woot woot!) and it was a great team bonding experience. It was amazing what we came up with considering we were still in the first week of the program. The success of this event reassured me that I could make an impact with my ideas.
What is one thing you’d want people to know about SI?
The one thing I want potential applicants of Startup Institute to understand is they place greater emphasis on soft skills than hard skills. When deciding who to accept into the program they seek out team players that work well with others. SI understands that as long an individual is focused and hardworking they have an opportunity to develop the necessary skills to be successful. This is why it's extremely important to exemplify your personality when interviewing for the program. Just be yourself and convey why you want to work for a startup.
When I first applied I was concerned I didn't possess the technical skills to be admitted. As I met more students from my cohort I realized many of them were beginners like myself. SI's laser focus on culture is the reason the program is successful. The trickle down effect of having great students is the alumni network multiplies over the years; creating a huge network of instructors and alumni in positions to help you find a job. SI wants no part in reprogramming negative people, so stay positive my friend.