I once ran an organization into the ground.
Early in my college career, I undertook the challenge of leading Ohio State’s long-running satirical newspaper, The Sentinel. My team failed to print or distribute a single issue, and The Sentinel has completely ceased to exist.
I used the lessons and scars of that experience to lead an organization serving entrepreneurs.
I've organized and now facilitate Startup Weekend events nationally. In just 54 hours, you experience the highs, lows, fun, and pressure of life at a startup. As you learn how to create a company, you’ll meet the very best mentors, investors, cofounders, and sponsors who are ready to help you get started.
I serve young professionals and community leaders too.
Create Columbus Commission
I serve as the Vice Chair of the Create Columbus Commission. The Create Columbus Commission (CCC) empowers young professionals (YPs) to co-create our city. Through strategic community building efforts, thought leadership, and a targeted YP micro-grants program, the CCC strives to make Columbus the next great American city for YPs to live, work, and play.
Meanwhile, I was following my calling to entrepreneurship.
Joining the founding team, selling Tixers
Tixers was a digital ticket secondary marketplace and a member of the UpTech Accelerator second class. We sold the company to OneUp Sports in 2015.
After the exit, I wanted to grow my product and leadership skillset.
Building software products at CrossChx
I knew I still had a lot to learn. I went back to 'Startup University' and joined CrossChx, a venture-backed startup, where I had the opportunity to lead product and sales teams.
Now I help extraordinary people kick ass and achieve big goals.
Unreal Collective is a focused 12-week, online workshop for taking action on the idea, project, or business you're excited about.
Together, we create an action plan to get you from Point A to Point B and achieve your goals.
upside // the first podcast dedicated to startups outside of silicon valley
on upside, we talk to entrepreneurs making a go of it outside of silicon valley. in every episode:
i. we share our research of the company
ii. we interview the founder
iii. we create a verbal, hypothetical deal memo
Connecting the Smart Columbus team to the startup and tech communities as Entrepreneur in Residence
Entrepreneur in Residence with Smart Columbus
As Entrepreneur in Residence for Smart Columbus, I served as a sounding board for strategy, a resource for other founders to engage Smart Columbus, and a lead on community engagement.
I organized a day of activities for Columbus Startup Week as well as the Smart City Hackathon, which brought over 100 people together to solve real civic challenges using the Smart Columbus Operating System.
Now I’m sharing what I know about Product as an author for Linkedin Learning and Lynda.com
Author for Linkedin Learning and Lynda.com
As an author for Linkedin Learning and Lynda.com, I'm creating courses related to Product Management including:
- Freelancing Tips
- Customer Development for Product Managers
- Communication for Product Managers
- Creating a Product-Centric Organization
Last thing – I write a newsletter about building the business you want too.
work in progress newsletter
Every day, I work with entrepreneurs and creatives to help build the business and life they dream of.
My work is in progress -- both helping with the progress of others, and as a business owner myself.
Welcome to work in progress, a newsletter dedicated to both personal and professional improvement. If you're an entrepreneur, freelancer, or creative -- this is for you.