Category: Entrepreneurship

28 Apr

In 2008 I was $99,876 in Debt

Entrepreneurship, Financial No Comments by Tom Krieglstein

My first business in college was selling old edition textbooks online. It was great, I made a lot of money because I was one of the first people selling textbooks online. Then my contracted bookstores all realized they could sell the books themselves and effectively discontinued my relationships with them. In an attempt to diversify […]

01 May

Letting go of goal setting

A guest speaker came to campus to talk to the student business club about how to increase sales. Rafael, a senior in college who also owns an online t-shirt company, excitedly filled his notebook with tips and ideas the guest speaker shared. Towards the end of the lecture, Rafael wrote in big bold print a […]

07 Apr

What Does The White Man Want?

I had dinner tonight with Deanna Latson and Patrick Combs talking about a variety of topics. At one point I asked them about which direction they thought would be best to take Swift Kick between adding an additional channel to focus on corporate culture training, or to continue to build out services for student leaders […]

13 Mar

Question: Is it better to do or plan?

Question Asked To Me: So when you think of new ventures…do you vision out like a year, 5 years, etc? My Answer: It depends. Sorry, I know that’s not what you were looking for, but really it depends and there are two schools of thought on this. One is to jump right in and start […]

17 Jan

Selling Our Crowdfunding Platform – Student Launcher

The vision of Swift Kick is to see a world in which every student feels welcomed, connected and engaged at their institution and retention rates are 100%. In pursuit of that vision, we’ve tried many tactics: 1) Dance Floor Theory Leadership Training 2) www.StudentAffairsCollective.org (#SAChat) 3) www.StudentLeaderCollective.org (#SLChat) 4) www.StudentLauncher.org Some of these projects are immensely […]

11 Dec

My Two Biggest Triggers for Anxiety

As of right now, our total confirmed revenue for Q1 of 2015 is already 30% higher than it was in 2014 and will probably go up to 50% in the next two weeks. Across the board, everything looks great as the Swift Kick team heads into 2015. But yet, deep inside of me, I still […]

09 May

So You Want to be a College Speaker? My Story Part 1

I’m often asked how to become a college speaker, and after realizing I was repeating the same information and story over and over, I thought it’d be useful to create a space on my website were I could capture my thoughts on the subject for all you aspiring speakers out there. But because it’s a […]

20 Dec

[Cross Post] Tranche Investing Will Kill Your Startup–Here’s Why

The week before the Fourth of July holidays, and after five months of negotiations, I received the final term sheet for a capital injection of $750,000 into my business. The money was to come from a great team of investors. It’s a moment I had dreamed of many times before. If I signed, I’d be […]

06 Nov

The Story of Reddit – Making Your Luck Happen

Reddit is 86th most popular website on the internet with 85 MILLION unique visitors last month. In other words, Reddit is crazy big! Reddit was founded by two college buddies from U of Virginia, Steve Huffman and Alexis Ohanian, and a big break for the site happened when they were accepted into one of the […]

03 Oct

[Cross Post] Five Entrepreneurial Lessons I Learned Growing Up On A Farm

On December 5th, 1980, I was born on a farm with the help of a midwife who was paid half a pig to nurse my mom through labor. Today I run a successful business in the heart of New York City. For many years, I used to run away from my farm-life upbringing because I […]