“If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask which seat. Just get on.” - Eric Schmidt as recalled by Sheryl Sandberg
Because of my father’s business, I spent a lot of time growing up in Hong Kong and other places throughout Asia. While living there, I noticed that computer parts were being made everywhere in Asia. I had always been passionate about technology, computers, and IT, so I took particular interest in this fact. The parts were being sold cheaply, and I began to think of how I could make this a viable personal business. I decided that if I bought the parts from Asia and sold them in the United States, I would be able to make a profit. It was a simple concept, but my first real dive into entrepreneurship. I was quickly hooked, and I ran with the idea. For a couple of years in High School, I sourced computer parts from Asia and sold them through online retailers like Ebay. I loved running my own business, and it enabled me to be able to afford computer parts I wanted that I wasn’t able to buy otherwise.
The time then came to put myself through college, and I had an idea that I was pretty sure was going to enable me to do that. Aside from my time in Asia, I spent the rest of my life growing up on the Gulf Coast of Florida. Though hurricane season can be brutal for those who live in hurricane alley, the reality of its existence created an opportunity for a profitable, seasonable business, while at the same time helping people more safely endure these storms. I developed an improved hurricane shutter that shifts load balance from the panel to the brackets which creates a completely flat panel. These panels are cheaper, easier to install, and much clearer than other shutters, while still serving the purpose of protecting against high wind and debris. I was awarded patents on eight products that were manufactured in China and imported to the Gulf Coast. Its success helped me win the Young Entrepreneur Award from the United States Congress and, most importantly, I was able to pay my way through college at Villanova University and graduated debt free.
At Villanova, I furthered my passion for business, particularly finance, but because of my entrepreneurial spirit, I decided not to follow the typical banking route like many of my peers. When I heard about AlphaSights through the Career Center, I jumped at the opportunity. It was a chance to join a startup on the ground level, and I believed in the company. I saw the possibility for exponential growth, and wanted to jump in, no matter what I had to do. I started on the Capital Management side, worked with Private Equity clients for a bit, ran a Consulting team, developed our ICE (Innovation Creativity and Entrepreneurship) team, and now currently run People Operations. All of these positions have been challenging in their own way, but my nontraditional route to AlphaSights gave me the skills to tackle the trials that came with all of them.
At AlphaSights, we're not looking for one type of person; we're looking for a mentality and a drive. This story isn't just about me. It’s about all of the employees at AlphaSights who came here through different avenues and with different backgrounds, like those who will come here in years to come.