Moving on from football left me with plenty of time on my hands and so I sought to fill it by founding & leading student orgs, finding my passion for and participating in numerous hack-a-thons, and ultimately starting 2 companies.
FUNDSTARTER LLC, my first social-entrepreneurial venture, was birth out of a Startup Weekend event, which I later went on to become an organizer of. The concept of crowdfunding was just hitting its peak; spearheaded by companies like Kickstarter. We were the “Kickstarter for non-profits”.
Using the crowdfunding model, with a twist (raffle auctioning), donors could give to causes they cared about and potentially win once-in-a-lifetime experiences (an early competitor in the space was omaze.com). Fundstarter was successful for a year but then the realities of a startup ran solely by college students who weren’t dropping out of college resulted in the slow but sure death of the business.
From that failure, I gained a lot of knowledge, which I brought along to my 2nd venture. In 2014-15, as a result of an independent study for my entrepreneurship minor, 4 close developer friends (including my former manager) and I founded AppKitchen to build mobile applications for small & medium businesses on a budget.