(May 2013) I was invited to speak at a TEDx event occurring near my hometown. After months of preparation, I presented Unconventional Wisdom, five ways I live my life in pursuit of my mission. It garnered a few thousand views on YouTube and even caught the attention of my idol Seth Godin (!), but it's a little out of date now, and there are many things I would do differently if I had the chance to do it again.
(July 2015 — Present) In the months leading up to my first semester in college, I observed that many students wanted to connect with people who would be in their classes but didn't have a way of doing so efficiently or effectively.
In addition, many students were anxious about not knowing people at their new schools, and this anxiety could be easily alleviated by just connecting them with others in the same boat.
To that end, I built a web app where students can log in with Facebook, enter their course schedules, and see everyone who entered any of the same classes.
With zero marketing (all I really did was post about it on Facebook), it grew to over 800 users in the first couple weeks.
(March 2011 — June 2016) In March 2011, I co-founded Viral Bonuses to help small internet business owners obtain free advertising. Small advertising networks provided new "bonuses" each week (in the form of free advertising credits) in hopes of retaining the business owners as paying customers.
In 2014, we relaunched as Traffic Codex, a promo code curation website that empowers small internet businesses to claim free advertising at hundreds of traffic generation websites.
I designed and developed the entire site from scratch, and we supported over 15,000 members and millions of page views before I sold my share in June 2016.
(September 2015 — December 2016) After I shared Same Classes with my college's Facebook group, I was repeatedly approached by students who wanted to learn more about programming. When our first semester finally started, I was approached about helping to start and run a code club.
A few others and I launched the Babson Community of Developers & Entrepreneurs, an organization that provides educational opportunities and other services to students, staff, and faculty in Babson's undergraduate and graduate programs.
During my time at Babson College, I helped CODE with marketing and communications, managed the server infrastructure for our projects, and taught web development during our educational break-out sessions.
(October 2010 — June 2016) In early middle school, I started a small business in the digital marketing space that grew to thousands of members across a number of different membership sites. I like to say this business was my entrepreneurial training wheels as I used it to learn the basics of product, design, development, marketing, sales, networking, and so much more.
In addition, it was this business that drove me to begin learning how to code because I quickly discovered that not only was it more efficient and cost-effective to build things myself, I actually enjoyed the building more than the selling.
Also during this period was when I built an email list of over 10,000 subscribers and the majority of my social media following. In June 2016 I deleted the email list and sold off most of my remaining web properties as it was time to move on to other opportunities for even more learning and growth.
(February 2016) It was my first hackathon, and I was super pumped. I went in bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, certain that I would build something amazing in the span of 24 hours. Before long, hackathon reality hit me square in the face. I didn't know what to do. I was spinning my wheels. I was completely demoralized. So, I decided to take a break and do something silly. I built this dinky little Chrome extension in about an hour, and for some reason it's grown to thousands of users and was even featured on Product Hunt (whose founder Ryan Hoover jokingly called it "the most important Chrome extension ever created").
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