To Tie It Up with Nate Demars

Nate DeMars, MBA Grad, CEO, and OSU professor, shared a great deal about his hyperlocal Columbus startup, Pursuit. Originally pitched as an assignment for class, it now has a permanent storefront in the South Campus Gateway and has garnered a lot of local support for its progressive approach to suit shopping.

  • For Nate, it’s regularly good and bad at the same time
  • Getting a corporate job isn’t “selling out,” you can gain good experience and a consistent income
  • Nate loves Columbus because there’s enough people here to start a sizeable business but it’s a small enough town and community to get to know all the people who are doing really cool stuff
  • In the beginning it’s easy to wonder, is this even going to work? Scale down to test the business idea, if it goes well you can put more resources into it

Thanks Nate for coming out to speak to the BBC!

Chris Anderson: Gauchos on the Pampas

This week we were pleased to welcome Chris Anderson, a Business Builder himself, he shared stories that were both comical and enlightening.

Some key takeaways:

  1. Get organized, make charts for your industry, your organization, and your life
  2. Don’t let school get in the way of a good education
  3. The most important decision is who you choose to work with
  4. Believe in yourself, believe in the Midwest, believe in the people you’re working with
  5. Speak the truth and see what happens

His support for the Business Builder’s mission was overwhelming. Thanks for taking the time to talk to us Chris!