Today, many MBAs and aspiring MBAs want to join start-ups or launch their own new ventures. But is entrepreneurship as exciting as it seems? And is it really for you? mbaMission Founder Jeremy Shinewald has teamed up with Venture for America and CBS Interactive to launch the Smart People Should Build Things: The Venture for America Podcast. Each week, Shinewald interviews another entrepreneur so you can hear the gritty stories of their ups and downs on the road to success.
In this second installment of the podcast series, Shinewald joins forces with guest host Miles Lasater, a fellow Venture for America board member and entrepreneur, for a conversation with Dan Porter, the former CEO of OMGPOP. Although Porter’s sale of OMGPOP to Zynga for approximately $200M in 2012 was high profile, his journey to success was far from straightforward. In this podcast episode, he touches on the many incarnations that led him to the start-up world:
- Beginning his career as a teacher and ultimately leading Teach for America
- Joining the financial industry and educating himself by reading textbooks beneath his desk (“I knew nothing about it,” Porter says in the podcast.)
- Trying to get the attention of Steve Jobs but instead being yelled at by the entrepreneurial legend
- Carrying $200K in firm expenses on his personal credit card as he worried whether the firm would make it
To hear the complete story behind Porter’s success and to access more episodes, each featuring a notable entrepreneur, subscribe to the podcast series!