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Alumni of the Week: Mike Smith ’12 ’13 M.S.

Alumni of the Week: Mike Smith ’12 ’13 M.S.

MSmithI came to Whitman as a Whitman/Newhouse dual major. I took Dr. Burman’s EEE 370 class and it opened my eyes to the world around me. Through Whitman, I would work with entrepreneurs like Ryan Dickerson of Rylaxer and Tory Gentes of Squeezemytees. I spent a lot of time at the Falcone Center working with faculty and staff members, including Tom Kruczek, Terry Brown and Lindsay Wickham, to try to figure out my next idea.

My senior year, my roommate and friend had this idea to make people more charitable. After helping (bugging) him for a few months, he invited me to join the company that would become Centscere. I was fortunate enough to earn the Engagement Fellowship which allowed me to stay in Syracuse for an additional year post-graduation to work on the business. During this fellowship, I pursued an M.S. in entrepreneurship at Whitman. This was the perfect complement to starting a business. Since I’ve always been interested in higher education, Professor Peter Scott offered me the opportunity to be his teaching assistant for EEE 457, which gave me valuable experience in a notable business school.

Centscere continued to grow and we went through an accelerator in downtown Syracuse where we earned the top prize to expand our efforts.

Through and through, Whitman has been a part of me for as long as I can remember. The lessons I learned in the classroom were directly applicable to what I was practicing in the professional world.

I decided that I missed home and moved back to the New York City area in June of 2014. Since then, I have been working for myself through my company, Venture Fuel. Through Venture Fuel, I work with three to four entrepreneurs or companies at a time and help them with sales, marketing and fundraising.

To connect with Mike:

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/masmith1

Twitter: @MrMikeSmith

Website: http://mikeasmith.me/

Learn about some of the projects Mike mentioned:

Rylaxer: http://rylaxer.com/

Squeezemytees: http://squeezemytees.com/

Centscere: http://centscere.com/

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