ENTREPRENEURIAL LEADERSHIP FELLOWSHIP

VENTURE FOR AMERICA

ROLE: Fellow

ventureforamerica.com
August, 2014 - August, 2016

After my second summer at Boeing and wrapping up my work at A2B Bikeshare, I began my Master's in Industrial and Operations Engineering at the University of Michigan. During that year I had the pleasure and privilege of exploring a variety of potential career paths. This included interviews at big tech firms (Google, LinkedIn, and Yelp), management consulting (Bain, PWC), and an array of significantly smaller companies, including more than a few discussions on founding totally new businesses. However the one that stuck was an entrepreneurial leadership development fellowship called Venture for America (VFA).

Me, cheesin'



I joined the fellowship for three main reasons:

1. Through all those interviews I settled my doubts - I absolutely love startups. I knew I had to give them a fair shot and VFA provided a way to explore hundreds of pre-vetted opportunities with relative ease.
2. I felt like I'd been exposed deeply to the startup community in southeast Michigan but was eager to get out and expand my boundaries. VFA's nationwide network provided just that.
3. I needed some sort of safety net and guarantee that I'd be financially stable post graduation - this effectively ruling out launching my own business right away. The VFA financial support structure, although eventually unneeded by me, provided that assurance.

Once I'd decided on joining the fellowship, a second equally challenging decision faced me: which company do I work for?
I ended up interviewing with a variety of tech companies for radically different roles in Detroit, Providence, and Cincinnati before signing on as employee #1 at Kapture in Cincinnati. With that settled, I booked a celebratory trip to New Zealand, Australia, and Fiji full of scuba diving, bungee jumping, skydiving and every other adventure you can imagine before I hunkered down for the Venture for America training camp (a wild adventure in and of itself).

Continue to read more about helping bring Kapture to market.

ENTREPRENEUR, DEVELOPER, MOTORCYCLE ADVENTURER

Currently wandering around the Americas by motorcycle. Interested in software development jobs.

me@keithbporter.com