8: YP Perspective – Willingness to Change Direction and Chart a New Course

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Young professional Yasha Patel joins us for an Uphill Conversation on her move from public defender to entrepreneur. How her drive and work ethic helped her vision become a reality.

Show Notes: 

  • Yasha’s journey from public defender to renovating and opening a new event space in Greenville, SC
  • Importance of investing back into one’s community
  • Courage, bravery and self-belief
  • Pride and finding fuel in your heritage and upbringing
  • Be open to learn and be inspired by others’ stories
  • Utilizing mentors and asking powerful questions
  • Entrepreneurship as a Young Professional
  • Working towards balance at work and at home
  • Lessons learned and advice for YPs

Guest Bio:

From her work as a public defender to her role as owner and operator of The Rutherford event venue, Yasha has always thrived on a fast-paced environment, a strong work ethic, and a commitment to exemplary client service. She earned her undergraduate degree from Georgia State University and her law degree at Florida A & M. She practiced law in South Carolina and then served as a public defender for 3 years representing all types of cases from juvenile cases to serious felony cases.  In 2016, Yasha’s entrepreneurial spirit inspired her to change course and renovate an old building, creating a new venue space in an area of Greenville that is historically under-served. Her vision is to be on the forefront of an urban revitalization project in a part of the city that hasn’t yet seen such a transformation by growing The Rutherford into one of Greenville’s premier event venues and catalyze growth in the area by inspiring other entrepreneurs to open up businesses in this same area.

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7: YP Perspective – Co-Work & Collaboration

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Young Professionals Harold Hughes and Ben Moore join us for an Uphill Conversation on startup culture, collaboration and co-work space.

Show Notes:

  • Helicopter parents in the workplace
  • Building and protecting community
  • Taking ideas to execution – risk, evidence, confidence
  • Establish credibility by sharing your idea and build your tribe
  • “It makes more sense to lose my shirt today than my house tomorrow”
  • Know your goals and drive towards them: be flexible, but keep your eyes on your “North Star” (your focus and mission)
  • Misconceptions on startup culture
  • Supporting innovation and the startup community in Greenville, SC
  • Benefits and challenges of co-work space and finding your niche
  • Importance of building both a diverse and inclusive co-work community
  • Be prepared for obstacles, the unexpected, and the “dips”
  • Predictability is overrated, learn from yours and others’ failures
  • It’s limiting to think and live on “what-ifs”, you need to focus on “blooming where you’re planted”
  • Value of perseverance and hard work

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Guest Bios: 

  • Harold Hughes is the Founder & CEO of BANDWAGON – an online marketplace and fan community designed to improve the game day experience for sports fans everywhere. As a leader in the growing startup community in Greenville, South Carolina, he is the Co-Managing Director of Collective: a coworking space for small teams and entrepreneurs, Director of the Founder Institute Greenville chapter, and is a member of NEXT, and the Greenville Chamber of Commerce. Harold is actively involved in the community with ventures like, Rebuild Upstate, TEDx and Hands On Greenville. As a strong believer in mentorship, he makes time to speak with youth and his fellow peers about his journey to entrepreneurship and how he has found success along the way.
  • Ben Moore is the Founder & CEO of tForm – an advanced manufacturing company for the packaging industry and Co-Founder & CEO of parmetric – a technology and manufacturing company built for designers and engineers.  Continuing his passion for engineering, design, and manufacturing Ben is actively involved and sits on the board for Technology Schools and Career Centers around the Upstate.  As a leader in the growing startup community in Greenville, South Carolina, he is the Co-Managing Director of Collective: a coworking space for small teams and entrepreneurs and Director of the Founder Institute Greenville chapter.

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6: YP Perspective – Agility, Flexibility and Looking Ahead

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Founders of DesignLi, Keith Shields and Joshua Tucker, join us for a conversation on agility and flexibility as young professional entrepreneurs and leaders.

Show Notes:

  • What led them to change directions from education to app development
  • Value of strong relationship in launching and leading a business
  • “Fair” is relative – life is what you make of it and everyone adds own individual perspectives and values
  • Importance of constantly improving yourself and learning through failure
  • Challenges of young entrepreneurs and leaders
  • Evolution and shifts in starting a business
  • Stereotypes around age in the digital industry and working across generations
  • Knowledge and having confidence in your own abilities
  • Consistency, Communication, Continuous Learning, Clarity and Community

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Guest Bios: 

  • Joshua Tucker is a Partner and COO of Designli. Joshua is in charge of delivery and client success, working tirelessly to ensure designers, developers, and project managers deliver amazing products that create happy clients. He has worked on and supervised over 100 projects since co-founding Designli. Prior starting an app development company, Joshua co-founded Applits.com, winner of Inc.com’s Coolest College Startup of 2014. Joshua enjoys photography and fitness when he’s not at work.
  • Keith Shields’ passion lies in creating digital experiences. Luckily, he’s able to do that full-time with Designli – where he helps clients empower digital relationships through the design and implementation of custom mobile software. Outside of work, Keith enjoys fitness, heading up the Ohio State University Alumni Association here in beautiful Greenville, and seeking out the latest and greatest sour beer.
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