Brief Description of Organization: Find My Path (FMP) is a life planning tool enabling students and parents to make informed education and career decisions by connecting them to the crowdsourced database of content and resources curated by mentors, advisors, and recruiters. FMP opens career communications between companies, schools, and students. FMP specifically impacts critical social needs including access to education, lack of informational resources, managing education costs, avoidable student debt, elevated high school and college attrition rates, unemployment, underemployment, and economic disparity.
What inspired you to start this organization?
Personal Experience: We recognized that many education system issues are problems that can be resolved by a single, encompassing solution.
- My mentor was aging. There was no way to pass on his expertise.
- Neither I, nor my company could easily share experience with schools or students — despite our efforts.
- High school and college advisors weren’t always reliable — I experienced the advising disparities between 4 schools as a transfer student.
- Many friends changed majors during school or careers after graduation.
The list goes on —and eventually, archiving mentorship transformed into the vision of a guidance tool coupled with a comprehensive, crowdsourced database of content curated by connecting companies, schools, and students that aim to solve an array of issues.
What is the next big step you hope to help your organization reach?
Earning funding: We practice our pitch regularly and are finessing our delivery to prepare for competitions, potential investors, and customers. While we continue to build out the FMP platform, we continue preparing for the presentation that will land us our first customer or first investor.
What has been your biggest obstacle as an entrepreneur?
Communicating vision — As a limited-technical CEO, communicating with the tech team who thinks differently is always a challenge. I’m constantly working to improve my tech skills and familiarity.
Daily obstacle: Focus — breaking the large objective into small, accomplishable goals. — It’s easy to get lost in the big picture — Step 1: what I can do today to move closer towards that goal.
What advice would you give other emerging entrepreneurs?
- Check your ego at the door, and make sure you are developing a product/service for the customer’s needs rather than your own.
- Think lean, be agile, and never be the smartest person in the room.
- Success reflects your daily choices and habits — it’s not luck and it’s not an accident.
- Continuous learning is better than delayed perfection.
“The most precious thing you have is your time, and we thank you for it.”
— Dr. Tommy Baker
Please, feel free to visit us at www.findmypath.com