I was adopted from South Korea and grew up in the greater Baltimore area. I love brazilian jiu-jitsu, food, startups, entrepreneurship and music. When I’m not working, I am probably doing some combination of food, travel and music.
I realized that I want to be an entrepreneur during high school, when I helped Stalefish Board Co. get started. I always had invention ideas or business plans, but Stalefish was my first experience with small business ownership. I learned one of my first lessons about startups here, “Nothing is going to be perfect when you go to launch, but you’re wasting time by not moving forward.”
I left home in 2000 something to attend Coastal Carolina University in Conway, SC. I had some of the best memories in my life there with even better people. A member of the Dean’s List and proud brother of the Delta Chi Fraternity, I transferred back home to the University of Baltimore and graduated from with a B.S. in Business Administration with a specialization in Marketing.
Previously I served as the operations manager at the bootstrapped startup Gift Card Rescue, based in Ellicott City, MD. I was the first hire and started as a marketing intern, but was quickly promoted to operations manager. Titles in startups are rather pointless as everyone is involved in every aspect of the business. During my time there we grew from a small niche startup to a multi-million dollar company and appeared in different media outlets like the WSJ, NYT, CNBC and even ABC’s The Shark Tank.
I live in Charleston, South Carolina and serve as the founder of WhiteRaverRafting.com, an electronic music blog. WRR was founded in September 2011 and quickly gained traction in the electronic dance music industry due to a strong base in search engine optimization and organic marketing. Credentialed media events in 2012 include; Camp Bisco, Global Dance Festival, Starscape Festival, Identity Festival, Mad Decent Block Party, Electric Zoo, CounterPoint and Virgin Mobile Freefest.
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