START-UP & SMALL BUSINESS
Work: Founder and Co-CEO, Industrious
Education: BA, Columbia University; MPP, Harvard Kennedy School of Government; JD, Yale Law School
Hometown: Bloomfield Hills, MI
Current Hinge City: New York City
Influence: 198 friends on Hinge
Your most embarrassing date moment?
I was meeting a first date for drinks after work, but I had to keep it quick because I was throwing a party that evening. When I sat down it turned out I had messed up and never communicated that. She said: "I just moved to the U.S. two weeks ago, so I'm so glad now I don't have to eat dinner alone on my 30th birthday!" I found that really touching and didn't have the heart to leave, so I was two hours late to my own party.
What career accomplishment are you most proud of?
Before my current company, I co-founded and ran a social enterprise called Kepler. It's an affordable, blended learning (half online, half in-person) university in Rwanda that leads to a US-accredited degree. We were exploring relatively uncharted territory educationally, so it's been a constant source of happiness how well everything is going. Our first class graduated this weekend!
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