Fellow Spotlight: Rickey Ishida, Zipscene

Name: Rickey Ishida

Hometown: Bethesda, MD

University: Cornell University ’10

Business Ninja, Zipscene
Cincinnati, OH


What initially attracted you to Venture for America?

The name. It sounded like Teach for America so I thought it was legitimate. That was the hook. What really got me fired up was the application. The questions asked were the same intrinsic questions that I’ve been asking myself after graduation. It challenged the status quo and after completing the application, I knew I was in the right place with the right people.

What is the best part of being a VFA fellow?

Being able to meet (and sometimes live) with other people. It’s really hard to get to know someone of high caliber at a bar or some networking event. So far I’ve bonded with fifty smart and cool people. You can’t get that from joining a company. You can meet people and network with them. But bonding requires time, culture, and energy. That’s what VFA provides.

What does Zipscene, LLC. do?

Zipscene, LLC. makes and maintains websites and promotions for companies in the restaurant industry. Our clients include Macaroni Grill, Boston Market, CPK, Bob Evans, Steak and Shake, and many more!

What do you do on a typical day at work?

I do two things: project management and business consulting. I design and execute processes to maximize efficiency and expedite product development (I also speak in business lingo). On the business consulting side, I gather data and extract information so that the management team can make sound decisions during meetings.

What’s your favorite thing about Cincinnati?:

Cincy (aka ‘Natti) offers growth. The presence of Proctor & Gamble, Macy’s, Kroger, and Toyota provides essential potential and if you want to open the flood gate and ride the wave, this is where you want to be. Alternatively, you can go to established cities and compete for bits of marketshare, but I prefer the former.

What do you hope to accomplish in your time with VFA?

Get to know as many people as possible. Ultimately I hope to become a strong individual with resources to get things done.