Hometown: Muskogee, Oklahoma
University: University of Oklahoma ’12
What initially attracted you to Venture for America?
I loved that I would be learning the ins and outs of startups while still having a huge impact on the VFA company I would land at. I thought it seemed like the perfect transition for someone interested in becoming an entrepreneur, but not quite ready to take the plunge. I was right.
What is the best part of being a VFA Fellow?
The VFA community. The staff, Fellows, companies, board members, and supporters are all working towards a common goal: creating 100,000 jobs by 2025. Only with such a large fleet sailing in the same direction could we ever hope to accomplish such an audacious goal, and we’re going to do whatever it takes to get there.
What does Digerati do?
Digerati builds custom software to solve problems. Some sample problems we’re tackling include Michigan’s brain drain and poor knowledge of business resources for entrepreneurs.
Whats a typical day at work like?
I think. Sometimes I’m thinking about how we should best organize pages on a website to make it more user-friendly or how well the software we’ve built meets our customers’ needs. Whatever needs thought about, really.
Whats the best thing about Detroit?
Detroit gets a lot of negative press, but few realize how strong the sense of community is in this city. Detroiters say it feels more like a small town than a city, and I would definitely agree. I’ve never been in a place where there was a culture built around actually doing things. Don’t like something about Detroit? Do something about it.
What do you hope to accomplish in your time with VFA?
First and foremost, I want to be equipped with the knowledge, network, and drive to start a successful business after my fellowship. My personal goals during these two years include building something from scratch, raising money for a project, and solving a problem for Detroit.