What is your story?
I grew up in a small town surrounded by family and friends that taught me the value of hard work. I've always loved going after new ideas and I constantly think of various ways to improve things. It wasn't until college that I really discovered my passion for entrepreneurship. I played around with a couple business ventures but none could really hold my interest. I remember talking with my brother one night about a new AgTech idea he had been thinking about for awhile. After several hours of conversation, we decided to start making this idea a reality. Fast forward a little bit, and FarmAfield is well on its way to making some serious growth. Its taken me everywhere from laboring for hours on grant applications, to interviews with potential customers, to the mountains of Switzerland. And that's just the beginning...
What is your business?
FarmAfield (farmafield.com) FarmAfield is an online platform that brings together producers and consumers in a brand new way. Initially, FarmAfield has remotely paired feedlots with individuals interested in investing in beef cattle. The investors are then able to track their investment online and receive a return when the feedlot markets the cattle.
Who is your entrepreneurial inspiration OR biggest hero?
My Father. It took me awhile to realize it, but he exemplifies much what of what it means to be an entrepreneur, and at the same time, a good man. He started his own business at 23, pushed through some tough times, and continued to work hard in the good times. Despite the effort and time requirements of his business, he constantly kept his family and faith a priority.
What advice would you give to a student starting their entrepreneurial journey?
Everyone wants to do what's comfortable, easy, and safe - but great things do not come from these. You have to be willing to take a leap of faith; in every aspect of your life. Once you do that, work hard and don't believe in luck. The success will take care of itself.