Since I graduated from the University of St Andrews in Scotland a few years ago, I've had a unique and exciting experience in the professional world. After finishing my Masters in International Relations I decided to use my knowledge of trade policy to start a career in the Shipping industry, and so found a job as a research analyst for the dry bulk sector at a business intelligence firm in London.
After a few months I realized my academic interest in shipping and trade did not translate into the working world, and so took a leap of faith and traded in my hand for a new one, taking an internship at a startup that makes web conferencing software. Immediately I was hooked, and knew that the startup world was where I was meant to be. I immediately understood the true value of each individual, and saw the impact of collaboration and access to a shared knowledge base. I was able to put to work all the skills I had gained over the years, from analytics, to writing, to presenting.
Through the Startup Institute I hope to expand this skill set, establish a deep understanding of Sales in the startup world, and become a valuable asset to a startup upon graduation.
What skills do you bring to a project team?
I've worked on some level with Google Analytics, Excel, Sales Force, Optimizely, HootSuite, oDesk, and most Social Media platforms. I have strong analytical writing skills, and have experience writing various forms of web content (newsletters, press releases, blog posts, website content, etc).
How do I spend my free time?
I love doing anything that will keep my blood flowing, especially if it's outdoors. In the summer I'll run, paddle board, golf, fish, mountain bike and cycle. Come winter it's skiing, hunting, boxing, and whatever else the weather allows. Beyond that, I love to read, play with my dog, and work on motorcycles.
Favorite place in the world?
Back home in New Hampshire - Live Free or Die!