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See his Seelio: Adventurous Entrepreneur Bryan Elkus

 In honor of “Global Entrepreneurship Week“, we decided to center our first user highlight around entrepreneur and adventure sports star extraordinaire, Bryan Elkus. Bryan is in the Masters of Entrepreneurship program at the University of Michigan and he was kind enough to share with us a little more about his passions.

Bryan Elkus

1) Tell us a little about yourself.

I grew up in Michigan. I then found myself in the Packaging program at Michigan State. I spent the past 4 years in marketing and media on the coast of North Carolina working for a small company that was rapidly growing. I enjoy the line between technical skills and design. I really love to be outside and enjoy being active.

2) What is it you like about entrepreneurship?

The job description changes day-to-day and creating value for society seems like a worthwhile endeavor and use of time. I really like to be challenged, and having to deal with all kinds of issues that come up while working on a startup keeps things fresh. Making connections and helping friends further their ventures and meeting new people is a really great aspect of having this state of mind.

3) Can you tell us a little about the Masters in Entrepreneurship program at Michigan and why you choose to attend it?

I wanted to become familiar with the frameworks and language of being able to describe what was in my head.  Understanding how and why some people are successful in creating businesses was important to me.  This program is giving us a common language and understanding about how to break down, test and validate ideas so you are not roaming around blind trying to match a product and a market. It all basically comes back to the art of minimizing risk while being innovative to create true value.

University of Michigan Masters of Entrepreneurship4) Why did you create a Seelio- how do you use it?

Being a visual person, Seelio was the perfect way for me to be able to gather my past work and display it in a way that words just can’t do. Now when I talk to someone about a project I worked on all the information and graphics are in one place ready to share in a professional manner.

5) Of which if your seelio works would you say you are most proud?

The work I accomplished in the last few years at REAL is a highlight for me. The vast variety and depth of the projects made this an unbelievable experience.  From traveling the globe, to defining a new brand to breaking into new markets it was an experience I won’t soon forget.

REEL Water Sports

6) You seem to have some pretty diverse interests, what is it you eventually hope to do? 

For now, my goal is to work with a growing company to launch a great product or service.  Down the road I would like to start something on my own when I can find the right idea and have an amazing team.

For more about Bryan’s work in entrepreneurship, action sports and design, check out his seelio.

 

If you want to be featured in a Seelio blog post, contact Community Manager Chelsea (chelsea@seelio.com).

Testimony: Chihiro Jimbo

How Chihiro Landed A Job on Seelio!

According to her Seelio one-line bio, Chihiro Jimbo is an “Aspiring UX Designer/Researcher”- but she will not be ‘aspiring’ much longer! Chihiro, a senior at the University of Michigan just landed a UX position at North American Bancard, using her Seelio! She was kind enough to share with us her story:

I got acquainted with Seelio when it was still truApp – even then, I saw the value in the platform, allowing me to market myself with concrete work examples (since I’m not too good at marketing myself in person via talking).  I worked with Seelio over the summer, improving my design and UX skills.  Afterwards when I applied for a UX position through the platform, the recruiter saw my experience and just like that, I was hired!

The application speed is far superior to other job application boards, too.  I got a call back from NAB within 24 hours of applying.  Another good thing is that the recruiter can see my portfolio right where they are working so even in a phone interview, I can talk about a specific project, knowing that the recruiter understands exactly what I’m talking about.  

I’d recommend Seelio to any student out there, whether looking for an internship or full-time position =)

-Chihiro Jimbo, University of Michigan, Informatics (’13)

Chihiro Jimbo Online Portfolio

If you have landed an opportunity with Seelio, we’d love to hear about it. Send Chelsea an e-mail at chelsea@seelio.com to tell us your story.

Announcing the “2012 Most Unique Summer Work Winner”— Tracy Ko

Summer is a time when, unburdened by the hours of homework and extra-curriculars, students are free to experiment with interesting projects and pursue their life passions. This is important because according to recruiting blog The Ladders, these passions are an important part of who you are and thus what kind of applicant you will make.

If articulated well, summer projects can be extremely powerful in telling your story. Unfortunately, resumes do not always do summer projects justice. This is where a portfolio tool such as Seelio can give you an edge in job-hunting.

In the spirit of showcasing students’ summer accomplishments, Seelio held a contest to find the most unique summer experience on the site. We had a lot of excellent entries (for example, the aviation project submitted from William Quinn, caffeinated cookies from Chris Bogdan, the Ryan Seacrest productions internship from Jeffery Wisenbaugh and more). However, we are THRILLED to announce that our grand prize winner is Tracy Ko!

A junior at the University of Michigan, Tracy spent the summer working with Students of the World, a nonprofit that helps students tell stories of projects that inspire them. Tracy was based in New Mexico to document the efforts of a Nature Conservancy. Her work was chosen as the contest winner because it embodied her multiple unique passions and it was a defining moment in her career development. For her unique work, Tracy will receive a $50 AMEX gift card from Seelio. Check out Seelio’s interview with Tracy below to learn more about her summer:

Q: First, can you explain to us a little more about what you did this summer?

I was selected to be the photographer for the 2012 National Team for Students of the World. Every year, SOW sends teams of college students abroad “to shine a light on progress” that non-profit organizations are doing all over the world. The 2012 National Team was partnered up with The Nature Conservancy. Our 7-person team consisted of the lead filmmaker, assistant filmmaker, photographer, journalist, producer, social media coordinator, and graphic designer. We travelled to the New Mexico, Mexico, and the Grenadines to document the conservation efforts of The Nature Conservancy. After spending a month of traveling, to we return to Austin, TX (the headquarters of SOW) to spend 6 weeks on post-production. By the end of the internship, we delivered a complete media package of short videos, photos, articles, and graphics for The Nature Conservancy to use.

Q: That’s really cool, what made you decide to take this trip with Students of the World?

 When I saw first saw a campus flyer for an info session about SOW, I was immediately drawn to it because it contained three of my passions into one flyer: visual media, travelling, and social justice. After attending the info session, I was hooked on SOW’s mission. Not knowing whether I would be accepted because of my limited experience, I still applied for the photographer’s position anyways. And as the application process continued, eventually I was offered the position and I accepted right away!

Q: What did you like best about New Mexico?

I absolutely love the unique Southwestern landscape of New Mexico. It has a Wild West quality that I’m drawn to and inspired by. New Mexico also has a great art scene that’s Spanish and Native American influenced which I really admire as well. Overall, I love New Mexico! I would totally consider moving down to Santa Fe!

Q: What is one thing you learned from this trip that you would not have been able to learn otherwise?

What it means to be a better visual story teller. Being a good photographer means more than just taking “cool” pictures. It’s about telling a story through those photos. This internship helped me to go out of my comfort zone and actively seek stories. Many times I had to randomly approach people if I could take their pictures and I would ask questions and listen to their personal stories. So overall, I learned that curiosity, boldness, and human compassion are important qualities of a good photojournalist!

Q: Finally, please share with us why others should create a Seelio.

 It’s is a great way for people to really understand what you’re passionate about. Sometimes explaining to people what activities you’re involved in gets a bit stale. But when your work is visually displayed, it makes so much sense to other people! For example, when I see friends’ Seelio’s profiles, I’m thinking “Oh, so that’s what they’ve been up to all year!” So I get a better appreciation for what they’re passions are.

Congratulations, Tracy!

Seelio will continue to host contest like this in the future. To be informed of this and all other Seelio happenings follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Finally, make sure to upload your work and be ready for more prizes to come!

Questions or Comments please e-mail Chelsea at chelsea@seelio.com