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CO-FOUNDER: I Came Up With An Idea And Made It Reality

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Kevin is the co-founder of a company that connects so-called computer geeks with people who need their technical services. Kevin shares what his a typical day looks like, and how he got into the tech business after working as a broadcast journalist. He provides great advice and information on how you can start your tech career while still in high school.

Degree: Philosophy
Job Title: Co-Founder
Employer: GEEKATOO

Job Summary: Entrepreneurs

Job Description

Entrepreneurship is the pursuit of opportunity without regard to resources currently controlled. An entrepreneur sees an opportunity and exercises initiative by organizing a venture to turn an idea into reality. An entrepreneur is often seen as a business leader and innovator of new ideas and business processes.

On-the-Job Training

No

Additional Info

Entrepreneurship is defined by risks and rewards. Most people who become entrepreneurs are more comfortable with risks; prefer unstructured working and learning environments and collaborating with small team of people.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
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$0 - $200,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
Not applicable
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Varies Widely, Full-time, Long hours
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Home, Indoor, Office, Remote
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Adventurous, Courageous, Creativity, Leadership ability, Problem solving skills, Public speaking ability, Teamwork, Verbal communication skills, Networking, Organizational skills, People skills

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
Bachelor's degree
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m='9970'>when</span> <span m='10100'>I</span> <span m='10160'>wake</span> <span m='10420'>up</span> <span m='10560'>is</span> <span m='10710'>I</span> <span m='10780'>make</span> <span m='11000'>sure</span> <span m='11210'>that</span> <span m='11890'>everything's</span> <span m='12350'>going</span> <span m='12910'>smoothly,</span> <span m='13580'>that</span> <span m='13700'>all</span> <span m='13800'>the</span> <span m='13870'>clients</span> <span m='14230'>are</span> <span m='14280'>getting</span> <span m='14610'>their</span> <span m='14790'>jobs.</span> <span m='15160'>And</span> <span m='15380'>the</span> <span m='15480'>nice</span> <span m='15700'>thing</span> <span m='15840'>is</span> <span m='15940'>that I</span> <span m='16070'>actually</span> <span m='16379'>work</span> <span m='16550'>from</span> <span m='16700'>home</span> <span m='17720'>via</span> <span m='17920'>Skype.</span> </p><p><span m='18260'>I have</span> <span m='18370'>a</span> <span m='18470'>team</span> <span m='18690'>of</span> <span m='18800'>five</span> <span m='19060'>people</span> <span m='19450'>that</span> <span m='19660'>I</span> <span m='19780'>will</span> <span m='19960'>go</span> <span m='20230'>and</span> <span m='20380'>talk</span> <span m='20600'>to</span> <span m='20830'>on</span> <span m='20920'>a</span> <span m='20950'>daily</span> <span m='21190'>basis</span> <span m='21960'>to</span> <span m='22070'>make</span> <span m='22240'>sure</span> <span m='22530'>that</span> <span m='23490'>everything</span> <span m='24060'>is</span> <span m='24170'>getting</span> <span m='24450'>taken</span> <span m='24690'>care</span> <span m='24950'>of,</span> <span m='25300'>there's no</span> <span m='25430'>complaints,</span> <span m='26160'>that</span> <span m='26260'>were</span> <span m='26340'>signing up new</span> <span m='26810'>people,</span> <span m='27550'>check</span> <span m='27810'>the</span> <span m='28110'>advertising</span> <span m='28680'>to</span> <span m='28750'>make</span> <span m='28900'>sure</span> <span m='29030'>that</span> <span m='29140'>we're</span> <span m='29200'>bringing</span> <span m='29580'>in</span> <span m='30110'>more</span> <span m='30290'>clients.</span> <span m='30830'>Checking</span> <span m='31080'>how</span> <span m='31200'>much</span> <span m='31420'>we're</span> <span m='31510'>spending</span> <span m='31940'>to</span> <span m='32040'>get</span> <span m='32220'>clients</span> <span m='32619'>on</span> <span m='32729'>board.</span> <span m='33450'>And</span> <span m='33660'>basically</span> <span m='34000'>making</span> <span m='34260'>sure</span> <span m='34480'>that the</span> <span m='34600'>health</span> <span m='34810'>of</span> <span m='34900'>the</span> <span m='34980'>system</span> <span m='36010'>keeps</span> <span m='36260'>going.</span> </p><p><span m='36900'>So</span> <span m='37730'>after,</span> <span m='38120'>a</span> <span m='38200'>lifetime</span> <span m='38760'>of</span> <span m='38870'>working</span> <span m='39300'>in</span> <span m='39370'>corporations</span> <span m='40480'>and</span> <span m='40660'>having</span> <span m='40930'>to</span> <span m='41040'>show</span> <span m='41300'>up</span> <span m='41470'>for</span> <span m='41610'>a</span> <span m='41660'>9</span> <span m='41880'>to</span> <span m='42000'>5,</span> <span m='42970'>I</span> <span m='43130'>was just</span> <span m='43330'>tired</span> <span m='43590'>of</span> <span m='43640'>that</span> <span m='43860'>and I</span> <span m='43930'>took</span> <span m='44110'>the</span> <span m='44170'>initiative</span> <span m='44630'>and</span> <span m='44750'>I</span> <span m='44840'>said,</span> <span m='45450'>I</span> <span m='45580'>need</span> <span m='45780'>to</span> <span m='46470'>stop</span> <span m='46840'>doing</span> <span m='47160'>things</span> <span m='47440'>for</span> <span m='47550'>other</span> <span m='47690'>people.</span> <span m='48080'>And</span> <span m='48360'>I</span> <span m='48570'>had</span> <span m='48730'>an</span> <span m='48840'>idea</span> <span m='49290'>that</span> <span m='49920'>I</span> <span m='50040'>wanted</span> <span m='50310'>to</span> <span m='50380'>try.</span> <span m='50780'>And</span> <span m='50920'>so</span> <span m='51270'>I</span> <span m='52170'>tried</span> <span m='52500'>it</span> <span m='52660'>and</span> <span m='53820'>it's</span> <span m='54190'>pretty</span> <span m='54470'>nice,</span> <span m='54800'>I</span> <span m='54890'>will</span> <span m='55180'>have</span> <span m='55340'>to admit.</span> <span m='55855'>Being</span> <span m='56140'>at</span> <span m='56220'>home,</span> <span m='56640'>being</span> <span m='56830'>my own boss,</span> <span m='57980'>and</span> <span m='58250'>actually</span> <span m='58810'>having</span> <span m='59110'>some</span> <span m='59590'>legit</span> <span m='60130'>investor</span> <span m='60550'>money,</span> <span m='60920'>and</span> <span m='61480'>being</span> <span m='61620'>able</span> <span m='61780'>to</span> <span m='61850'>do</span> <span m='62460'>my</span> <span m='62650'>own</span> <span m='62960'>thing.</span> <span m='63280'>So</span> <span m='63920'>it's</span> <span m='64209'>been</span> <span m='64310'>a</span> <span m='64349'>great</span> <span m='64560'>ride.</span> </p><p><span m='65050'>My</span> <span m='65220'>career</span> <span m='65500'>path</span> <span m='66480'>was</span> <span m='66970'>I</span> <span m='67160'>had</span> <span m='67320'>been</span> <span m='67480'>a</span> <span m='67540'>computer</span> <span m='67940'>geek</span> <span m='68200'>growing</span> <span m='68540'>up.</span> <span m='69130'>So</span> <span m='69650'>I</span> <span m='69820'>had</span> <span m='70580'>helped</span> <span m='70750'>my</span> <span m='70850'>mom</span> <span m='71200'>out</span> <span m='71400'>with</span> <span m='71995'>reinstalling</span> <span m='72370'>Windows</span> <span m='73030'>and</span> <span m='73330'>doing</span> <span m='73630'>things</span> <span m='73810'>like</span> <span m='73950'>that.</span> <span m='75140'>And</span> <span m='75300'>then</span> <span m='76050'>I</span> <span m='76820'>was</span> <span m='76920'>doing that</span> <span m='77080'>for</span> <span m='77150'>most</span> <span m='77360'>of</span> <span m='77400'>my</span> <span m='77500'>life,</span> <span m='77760'>going</span> <span m='77940'>to</span> <span m='78000'>college,</span> <span m='78270'>doing that</span> <span m='78370'>on the</span> <span m='78580'>side.</span> <span m='79460'>I</span> <span m='79570'>did</span> <span m='79700'>a brief</span> <span m='80020'>foray</span> <span m='80430'>as</span> <span m='80750'>an</span> <span m='81090'>ABC</span> <span m='81480'>reporter</span> <span m='82380'>for</span> <span m='83410'>a</span> <span m='83560'>local</span> <span m='83950'>TV</span> <span m='84180'>station,</span> <span m='85040'>and</span> <span m='85290'>that</span> <span m='85820'>kind</span> <span m='86040'>of</span> <span m='86110'>taught</span> <span m='86380'>me</span> <span m='86600'>that</span> <span m='87170'>I</span> <span m='87310'>loved</span> <span m='87650'>going</span> <span m='87870'>out and</span> <span m='88090'>talking</span> <span m='88400'>to</span> <span m='88460'>people,</span> <span m='88960'>not</span> <span m='89230'>just being</span> <span m='89430'>stuck</span> <span m='90040'>behind</span> <span m='90370'>a</span> <span m='90420'>computer</span> <span m='90800'>all</span> <span m='90910'>day.</span> </p><p><span m='92110'>But yeah,</span> <span m='92310'>the</span> <span m='92390'>main</span> <span m='92560'>thing</span> <span m='92730'>is</span> <span m='92830'>just</span> <span m='93100'>a</span> <span m='93190'>lot</span> <span m='93400'>of</span> <span m='93500'>development,</span> <span m='93870'>design,</span> <span m='95310'>taking</span> <span m='95710'>initiative</span> <span m='96110'>early</span> <span m='96350'>in</span> <span m='96420'>high</span> <span m='96580'>school</span> <span m='96940'>to</span> <span m='97010'>make</span> <span m='97160'>sure</span> <span m='97310'>that</span> <span m='97450'>I</span> <span m='97510'>try</span> <span m='97710'>to</span> <span m='97800'>learn</span> <span m='98040'>programming.</span> <span m='98840'>Even</span> <span m='99020'>just</span> <span m='99170'>basic</span> <span m='99580'>Photoshop</span> <span m='100060'>skills.</span> <span m='101410'>Just</span> <span m='101610'>anything</span> <span m='101910'>that</span> <span m='102050'>really</span> <span m='102330'>helped</span> <span m='102570'>me</span> <span m='103100'>as</span> <span m='103300'>I</span> <span m='103510'>as</span> <span m='103650'>I</span> <span m='103710'>moved</span> <span m='103910'>forward</span> <span m='104160'>in</span> <span m='104210'>my</span> <span m='104310'>career.</span> <span m='104680'>And</span> <span m='104850'>all</span> <span m='105040'>those</span> <span m='105230'>things</span> <span m='106370'>really</span> <span m='107080'>snowballed</span> <span m='107630'>so</span> <span m='107750'>that,</span> <span m='108020'>when</span> <span m='108310'>I</span> <span m='108390'>started</span> <span m='108680'>my</span> <span m='108780'>own</span> <span m='108940'>thing,</span> <span m='109170'>I</span> <span m='109230'>had</span> <span m='109360'>these</span> <span m='109520'>different</span> <span m='109860'>skills</span> <span m='110260'>from these</span> <span m='110370'>different</span> <span m='111350'>aspects</span> <span m='111720'>of</span> <span m='111780'>my</span> <span m='111890'>career</span> <span m='112260'>and</span> <span m='112350'>I</span> <span m='112640'>was</span> <span m='112800'>able</span> <span m='112990'>to</span> <span m='113050'>plug</span> <span m='113320'>them</span> <span m='113480'>all</span> <span m='113610'>together</span> <span m='114070'>and</span> <span m='115360'>come</span> <span m='115570'>out</span> <span m='115700'>with a</span> <span m='115780'>product.</span> </p><p><span m='116320'>There's</span> <span m='116620'>a</span> <span m='117220'>few</span> <span m='117470'>great sites</span> <span m='117745'>on the</span> <span m='118020'>internet</span> <span m='118320'>that</span> <span m='118430'>are</span> <span m='118550'>completely</span> <span m='119010'>free.</span> <span m='119650'>Codecademy,</span> <span m='120430'>for</span> <span m='120540'>example,</span> <span m='121250'>if</span> <span m='121350'>you</span> <span m='121460'>Google</span> <span m='121720'>that.</span> <span m='122590'>If</span> <span m='122740'>you</span> <span m='122890'>learn</span> <span m='123090'>programming,</span> <span m='124280'>Photoshop,</span> <span m='125650'>any of</span> <span m='125760'>those</span> <span m='126050'>things,</span> <span m='126560'>there's</span> <span m='126730'>so</span> <span m='127010'>many</span> <span m='127160'>great</span> <span m='127380'>resources.</span> <span m='128000'>Codecademy--</span> <span m='129380'>you should</span> <span m='129520'>go</span> <span m='129729'>there</span> <span m='130060'>right</span> <span m='130190'>now.</span> </p><p><span m='130820'>If</span> <span m='131110'>you</span> <span m='131300'>learn</span> <span m='131410'>development,</span> <span m='131850'>even</span> <span m='132100'>if</span> <span m='132180'>you</span> <span m='132290'>don't</span> <span m='132440'>want</span> <span m='132560'>to</span> <span m='132610'>be</span> <span m='132780'>a</span> <span m='132830'>web</span> <span m='133010'>developer,</span> <span m='133370'>or</span> <span m='133730'>designer,</span> <span m='133985'>or</span> <span m='134240'>anything</span> <span m='134380'>like</span> <span m='134550'>that,</span> <span m='134840'>just</span> <span m='134960'>put</span> <span m='135130'>it on</span> <span m='135260'>a</span> <span m='135310'>resume,</span> <span m='135840'>or</span> <span m='135950'>if</span> <span m='136150'>you're</span> <span m='136310'>applying</span> <span m='136610'>for</span> <span m='136730'>college</span> <span m='137270'>to</span> <span m='137380'>be</span> <span m='137500'>able</span> <span m='137650'>to</span> <span m='137710'>say</span> <span m='138030'>that</span> <span m='138260'>you've</span> <span m='138860'>played</span> <span m='139070'>around</span> <span m='139350'>with</span> <span m='139510'>Ruby</span> <span m='139760'>on</span> <span m='139850'>Rails</span> <span m='140290'>or</span> <span m='140380'>C++</span> <span m='141040'>or</span> <span m='141530'>any of</span> <span m='141650'>these</span> <span m='141810'>things.</span> <span m='142020'>And even if</span> <span m='142270'>it's</span> <span m='142420'>just</span> <span m='142570'>the</span> <span m='142650'>basics,</span> <span m='144700'>I</span> <span m='144800'>cannot</span> <span m='145240'>tell</span> <span m='145480'>you</span> <span m='145630'>how</span> <span m='146030'>much</span> <span m='146340'>it</span> <span m='146410'>helps</span> <span m='146840'>to</span> <span m='146960'>have</span> <span m='147250'>those</span> <span m='147430'>kind</span> <span m='147640'>of</span> <span m='147710'>skills</span> <span m='148130'>and</span> <span m='148200'>be</span> <span m='148310'>able</span> <span m='148460'>to</span> <span m='148510'>put</span> <span m='148720'>that</span> <span m='148880'>on</span> <span m='149030'>any</span> <span m='149170'>sort</span> <span m='149340'>of</span> <span m='149430'>college</span> <span m='149750'>applications</span> <span m='150510'>or</span> <span m='151030'>temp</span> <span m='151290'>jobs</span> <span m='151750'>or</span> <span m='152000'>anything</span> <span m='152270'>like</span> <span m='152420'>that.</span> </p><p><span m='152610'>And</span> <span m='153170'>like</span> <span m='153360'>I</span> <span m='153400'>said,</span> <span m='153810'>I</span> <span m='154780'>built</span> <span m='155020'>up</span> <span m='155130'>those</span> <span m='155280'>skills</span> <span m='155590'>when</span> <span m='155740'>I</span> <span m='155790'>was</span> <span m='155900'>in</span> <span m='155970'>high</span> <span m='156140'>school.</span> <span m='156465'>I</span> <span m='156790'>actually</span> <span m='157050'>worked at</span> <span m='157180'>a</span> <span m='157330'>mom</span> <span m='157550'>and</span> <span m='157640'>pop</span> <span m='158350'>web</span> <span m='158630'>design</span> <span m='158920'>firm</span> <span m='159330'>while</span> <span m='159650'>I</span> <span m='159690'>was</span> <span m='160430'>15</span> <span m='160770'>until</span> <span m='160930'>I</span> <span m='161040'>was</span> <span m='161180'>18.</span> <span m='162010'>And</span> <span m='162150'>as</span> <span m='162240'>a</span> <span m='162280'>result</span> <span m='162660'>of</span> <span m='162750'>those</span> <span m='162950'>skills,</span> <span m='163350'>I</span> <span m='163450'>was</span> <span m='163600'>able</span> <span m='163790'>to</span> <span m='163840'>get</span> <span m='164070'>a</span> <span m='164150'>lot</span> <span m='164420'>of</span> <span m='164510'>jobs</span> <span m='164970'>much</span> <span m='165320'>quicker</span> <span m='165570'>than</span> <span m='165670'>a</span> <span m='165730'>lot</span> <span m='165870'>of</span> <span m='165910'>my</span> <span m='166030'>friends</span> <span m='166430'>that</span> <span m='166560'>were</span> <span m='166740'>high</span> <span m='166950'>paying.</span> <span m='167380'>And</span> <span m='167910'>it's</span> <span m='168050'>kind</span> <span m='168200'>of</span> <span m='168270'>nice</span> <span m='168500'>when</span> <span m='168610'>you're</span> <span m='168860'>21</span> <span m='169360'>or 22</span> <span m='169860'>and</span> <span m='169950'>you're</span> <span m='170090'>making</span> <span m='170450'>more</span> <span m='170610'>than</span> <span m='170890'>the</span> <span m='170970'>rest</span> <span m='171220'>of</span> <span m='171300'>people</span> <span m='171560'>you</span> <span m='171680'>graduated</span> <span m='171940'>with</span> <span m='172200'>and they're</span> <span m='172510'>looking</span> <span m='172730'>for</span> <span m='172850'>jobs.</span> </p><p><span m='173270'>So</span> <span m='174210'>yes,</span> <span m='174570'>Codecademy</span> <span m='175180'>is</span> <span m='175280'>a</span> <span m='175320'>great</span> <span m='175560'>one.</span> <span m='176380'>And</span> <span m='176530'>just</span> <span m='176790'>look</span> <span m='176960'>up</span> <span m='177160'>for</span> <span m='177240'>resources</span> <span m='177780'>learning</span> <span m='178030'>JavaScript</span> <span m='178345'>or</span> <span m='178660'>HTML,</span> <span m='179240'>and</span> <span m='179320'>then</span> <span m='179960'>whatever</span> <span m='180240'>you</span> <span m='180340'>want</span> <span m='180460'>to do.</span> <span m='180660'>You</span> <span m='180730'>don't</span> <span m='180860'>have</span> <span m='181020'>to</span> <span m='181340'>pursue</span> <span m='181640'>that</span> <span m='181810'>career but</span> <span m='182140'>at</span> <span m='182220'>least</span> <span m='182450'>it</span> <span m='182470'>gives you</span> <span m='182650'>options.</span> </p>","file":{"id":317168,"video_id":"2887185737001","name":"1448-Kevin-p-Geekatoo","duration":183601,"thumbnail_url":null}});