In the fourth session students met Andrew Hoppin and Christopher Sealey, co-founders of CoverUS, a healthcare tech startup that securely connects patients with clinical trials, paid surveys, and deals that match their medical profiles. They spoke candidly about how making the transition to entrepreneurship amidst financial and personal responsibilities can be both challenging and very rewarding. On what he looks for in a job candidate, Hoppin emphasized the importance of having a self-starting attitude – whether in a school project, a job, or a volunteer role – and desire to create something new.
Our series wrapped with Scroll CEO and founder Tony Haile, who spoke about his path from working in anti-terrorism consulting and polar expeditions to becoming a media entrepreneur. His latest venture offers consumers ad-free online news for a monthly fee that is distributed to publishers – a new revenue model the media industry. Haile emphasized the value of persistence and diverse experience in the startup space, and encouraged students to be willing to experiment: “It’s really about putting the energy out there and knowing your first idea will be wrong – you’d be surprised how your own life experience can give you insights as you go.”
The Spring 2020 Open Office series was made possible by sponsorship from New York University (NYU) Tandon School of Engineering and TD Bank.