Andrea Esselman

7 Tips for Aspiring Entrepreneurs from the Start Conference

By Andrea Esselman

Students entrepreneurs in the Start ConferenceThe first Start Conference for student entrepreneurs at the University of South Carolina was held in early October, in partnership with the USC/Columbia Technology Incubator and the USC Student Life Leadership and Service Center. Fve local entrepreneurs came to speak to students about how they can start their own businesses. The speakers were: Jim Stritzinger—Jim Stritzinger is the Director of Grow IT Initiatives at IT-oLogy, a nonprofit with a mission to improve the pipeline of trained IT professionals in the United States. He previously served as the GM of the Immedion Data Center and as...

Q&A | A Conversation with Trey Gordner, CEO of Koios

By Andrea Esselman

Koios GroupKoios is a Columbia startup dedicated to saving users money on books by searching libraries for the availability of books a person has looked up online. Carolina Money talked with CEO Trey Gordner to find out more about the startup. Q: Could you let us know a little bit about Koios and what it does? A: Sure. At Koios, we’ve developed a browser extension that seamlessly connects you with your local library. Say you’re on Amazon looking at a book you want. Koios will check the library for it, let you know if it’s available, and allow you to reserve it in just one click. Q: What made you want to...

An Emotional Night in the S.C. House of Representatives

By Andrea Esselman

HorneWith the S.C. House of Representatives voting in favor of taking down the Confederate flag, all that remains is for Governor Nikki Haley to sign the bill, and the flag will come down from the State House grounds. The debate surrounding the flag is one of historical significance. The flag has flown on State House grounds since 1961, although it was moved from its place on the dome of the State House in 2000. Legislators debated for thirteen hours, starting at 10:00 Wednesday morning and going until 1:00 Thursday morning, according to State House records . Passionate speeches were given from...

Q&A| A Conversation With Andrew Askins, CEO of Krit

By Andrea Esselman

Krit TeamKrit is a team of developers and designers who work together to help freelancers to work with clients. The team is working to develop software tools that freelancers can use so that they can spend more time doing their jobs and less time focusing on other details. Carolina Money spoke with CEO Andrew Askins to find out more about the company. Q: What inspired the creation of Krit? A: We’re freelance designers and developers ourselves, so we always knew we wanted to solve real problems for other people like us. Because when you're solving problems in your field, you have a leg up because you...

The Days After: Picking Up the Pieces After the Emanuel A.M.E. Shooting

By Andrea Esselman

FlowersPhoto from Times Enterprise In the days following a mass murder, a tense manhunt and a quick arrest, Charleston residents are left to pick up the pieces. The shooting has added to the list of events spurring the Black Lives Matter movement. Although the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s allowed for much progress in terms of racial equality, many see this event as proof that there is still a mindset of inequality that must be overcome. South Carolina resident Rick Wade, who advised President Obama's campaigns in the state, told the Washington Post , "Certainly there are no attack dogs or...

Q&A | A Conversation with the 52inc Team, Startup

By Andrea Esselman

52inc Team, Startup52Inc is an app-development company based in Columbia, S.C. Their focus is quality custom apps on a deadline. Carolina Money contacted co-founders Brendan Lee and Christopher Thibault to find out more about what 52Inc has to offer to businesses in the Richland and Lexington County areas. The 52inc team as a whole responded to our questions. Q: What was your inspiration for creating this company? Why “52inc”? Chris Thibault & Brendan Lee (Co-Founders): Back in 2009, Brendan and I were writing iOS apps that we found helpful in school. One of these apps, smartNote, was noticed by a South...