I’m Brian Ostrovsky, on Twitter, I’m a second year full-time MBA student in the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington in Seattle and I’m also the co-founder and CEO of a startup. I will share the experiences that comes from the intersection between my MBA world and my startup world and I hope that a dialogue will emerge from those who’ve been down the startup path and those that are traveling along it now.
I consider myself an entrepreneur, not merely because I’m working on a startup but because I’m compelled to undertake high-risk semi-rationale projects in the hope of long-term gratification (which I hope includes a big bag of cash). As a kid, I sold wrapping paper and gift cards door to door earning a cool $2 per item. When you’re 8 or 9 and can bring in $75 for a day’s work that’s big money. In college I worked for a communications company, it was an MLM but don’t judge it was also the fourth biggest telecom in the US, the deal was you sign people up for long distance and recruit and train people to sell it – I was pretty good at both.
I worked a couple years for a bleeding-edge technology company in the digital signage space after college but got the startup-itch in 2005. I started a company to launch niche website expecting the Yahoo! Portal model to shift to specialized communities. We had some great press for RTVStar.com (feel free to Google it) but weren’t able to build the team necessary to take on user generated video in a pre-YouTube world.
Now I’m back in school and working on a new startup and while I’m not going to get into it now I’m sure I’ll get to the nature of it in my posts. This time, however, my approach is very different I now spell priority – TEAM. I’m going to share my adventures in the hope that we can learn from each other.
And before I forget, I married my high school sweetheart and we along with our toddler son live moved to Seattle from outside of Sacramento when I started B-school. Our son was born very premature weighing just under 2lbs but is completely healthy now. I wrote a novel which I’m happy to share in exchange for feedback and I have a Master’s degree in Space Studies. I’m completely into space commercialization, in 15-50 years that will mean something.
Find me on LinkedIn at: http://www.linkedin.com/in/brianostrovsky