August 28, 2018

Roll Call: Billy, Business Development Coordinator

What is your role on the team?
Business Development Coordinator.

How did you hear about Curate?
I heard about Curate while attending an Entrepreneurship Luncheon at UW-Madison. Taralinda gave a presentation about her start-up, Curate.

When did you join the team?
January 3rd, 2018 at 8:45 am CDT.

What do you do in your free time?
In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family, playing pretty much any physical activity, and continuing to learn new skills as well as challenge myself to get better at old ones.

You're a recent college grad, how have your experiences as a student prepared you for the startup environment?
I think there are two different things that prepared me for the start-up environment. First, being a student means that you have to take a lot of different classes to fulfill the requirements to graduate. Many of these classes are similar, but they all have their differences and, as a student, you have to be flexible and juggle all those different homework assignments, group projects, and mid-term exams. The second thing is that I received the opportunity of being an intern at Curate during my last semester as a student. That internship allowed me to see first hand what it’s like to be a part of a start-up environment, and how fast things can change over the course of only a couple of months.

At what point in the sales process will a customer meet you?
In most cases, I will be the first person to connect with a potential customer.

What has been your most memorable experience so far?
My most memorable experience so far is not really a single experience, but rather getting to work with a great team of individuals that are working for a common goal. Being a part of such a caring and friendly team has made this journey an extremely rewarding experience.

How has this experience changed your perspective on construction? On local government?
This experience showed me all of the moving parts that go into completing a construction project. The fact that the information we are finding is one to three years before the project actually happens shows the complexity of these projects and just how much preparation it takes to successfully complete a project. I’m extremely impressed by the construction companies we work with for their ability to not only build these projects, but also manage so many other aspects that go into finishing a project.

What is your favorite part about what you do?
My favorite part about what I do, besides getting to work with awesome colleagues, is getting the opportunity to provide value to a potential customer. I’ve always enjoyed helping others achieve their goals and in my current role, I get to do that on a day-to-day basis.

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