When in your own entrepreneurial journey did you start contributing to a larger ecosystem?
For background, back in 2008, I did a three-month volunteer trip to Cape Town, South Africa, where I got my real exposure to working with nonprofits. I realized it gave me tremendous energy and wanted to figure out how to dedicate a career to applying passions I was discovering about myself — internet, nonprofits, and entrepreneurship.
So, I went back to business school and dedicated my entire time there to finding the intersection of those three passions.
No, it was very much against the grain for the average business school student going into investment banking, consulting, and big marketing. But it was refreshing to be able to take two years and to explore those intersections. Throughout that time, I was involved in many other entrepreneurial communities.
When I moved to Charleston in 2013, my natural tendency was to look for similar communities. I would say it was still early on in Charleston's growth as an entrepreneurial community, and what I was looking for didn't really exist. So, I went from looking to join an entrepreneur community to putting in the building blocks to start my own.