Name: Bryant Yik
Hometown: Union City, NJ
University: University of Pennsylvania – The Wharton School ’12
Director of Client Operations, MoFuse, LLC
What initially attracted you to Venture for America?
I’ve always loved the process of building something; to see how small pieces can come together and make a complete object. After I took a business course in high school, my love for building things eventually evolved into the idea of building companies. So when VFA came along, I thought it was the best choice for me (just short of creating my own company). I saw VFA as transition between college and actually starting my own business in that as a Fellow, I am not only contributing to MoFuse, but learning about the challenges startups like MoFuse have.
What is the best part of being a VFA Fellow?
The best part is VFA helping us integrate into the local entrepreneurial community. In Providence, VFA introduced us to the local startup incubator, BetaSpring. Every week, we are invited to BetaSpring’s mentor discussions where they have an entrepreneur or business leader to speak to its portfolio company founders over dinner and drinks. It is a great way for us to socialize with the city’s entrepreneurs and receive advice and talk about ideas.
What does MoFuse do?
MoFuse provides a platform so that small and medium sized businesses can create mobile websites. We offer do-it-yourself (DIY) solutions for business owners to create their own sites and also custom site build services.
What do you do on a typical day at work?
The benefit of working for a startup is that I can experience a little bit of everything. I am currently managing a project that involves coordinating our internal team with and external consulting firm and our client. I also manage the relationship and expectation of another client, and I am working on a retention plan for lost clients. So my typical day usually consists of internal meetings, phone calls with clients, or analyzing customer data.
What’s your favorite thing about Providence?
Providence has a great quality of offering the same amenities of a larger city, but on a much smaller scale. There are great restaurants to eat at and events to attend to which are all within a small proximity and without the crowdedness that comes with being in a city like New York.
What do you hope to accomplish in your time with VFA?
After spending two years in the trenches with a startup, I hope to gain a lot of insights on running a company. Not only am I learning from my company’s successes and strengths, but also from its failures and weaknesses. With this, I hope to one day make a great and lasting company.