Skyraider Aeronautics

Tenacity. If there is one word to describe Dan Scheiner, tenacity would be a good choice. Dan first joined theClubhou.se a year before Startup Life began.  An army veteran, he showed up one day overfilled with energy describing his love for unmanned aerial vehicles and the projects that he had undertaken with them. At that time, Skyraider Aeronautics had just formed and was taking on any flight services that someone would ask for. Of particular excitement were two things, livestreaming aerial footage of high school football games, and surveying crops. Skyraider launched quickly. It's executive team gained attention with a daring vision of automated agricultural services. The realities of developing and delivering those services was immensely challenging. Running full speed on bootstraps proved stressful, leading to the breakup of the team. It was this, Dan's living story that in many ways inspired Startup Life to begin. Could enough barriers be eliminated to allow Dan to focus his attention on making his vision...
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ASAP: After School Arts Program

Arthur Abdon, better known as Art the Artist, is a soft spoken guy. Born in Hawaii, Art is now a retired veteran from the Armed Forces, serving for over 23 years. Hidden beneath that quiet Clark Kent exterior emerges a Super Hero once a pencil, pad, and paint are in hand. With his super skills, he started down the path of artist entrepreneur 'artrepreneur' as a kid saying, "I was well known as an artist in middle school and high school, so I made some money painting customized art on classmates’ clothing." Before joining Startup Life, Art was well known in live painting circles and spent most of his days painting while creating logos for businesses during the evening. In joining the program he was searching for how to transform his superpowers in art into reliable recurring income. Early on the light bulb flashed with the idea to teach young people how to draw and develop comics books. He spent several...
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Mobile Mentors

Known to friends as "Tree", Chris Crozier is used to standing out in a crowd. After working at Apple for some time, he saw that his gifts of patience, friendly comedy, and being able to explain how technology works might just be the opportunity he needed to stand out once more by starting his own business. In Chris' words, "I had the idea of a tailored technology experience. Once I had the idea, I began to sort out how everything would work if I made it into a business and I slowly pitched it to friends." With the support of his friends, he left Apple to create Mobile Mentors, a service based company that wants its customers to feel comfortable with technology. With a year of growing a client base during the day and tending bar at night, Chris joined Startup Life to try and make Mobile Mentors his full time gig. While he had built a large customer following, his...
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Verbatim

Latasha Louis has always been drawn to entrepreneurship. In 2006, she developed the Walking Canvas Movement, a platform for creatives interested in fashion related careers (designers, models, photographers, etc.) to develop their skills and interest by creating opportunities rather than complaining about what didn’t exist. This early experience typifies her approach; Solutions focused, Connecting people. VERBATIM is a solution born out of the problems she encountered throughout her experience as a young, woman of color in design and engineering, as well as a consumer with proven cultural and economic influence yet consistently experiencing a sort-of second class citizenship within the retail industry. To start, she "developed a business model canvas and used $87.69 from my savings to cover the initial startup costs – website, domain name, business cards, craft tools, etc. For my first product collection of redesigned greeting cards called Organic Convo Starters." As a natural connector, Latasha has thrived in theClubhou.se culture  of collaboration by connecting with like minds from across the community....
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Car Care Cash

What would you do if you needed to get to work and your car didn't work? As a musician and marketer for a local restaurant, Arthur Chapman had to answer this question more times than he wanted. For many people it's not much of a decision. Take your car to the shop or call for a tow, maybe even get a rental; all with credit or money that has been set aside for emergencies. For many in the underserved community though, this is a much more difficult decision. A legacy of discriminatory and predatory lending practices leaves few options. With finance rates approaching 25%, they can face a choice between repairing their car so they can get to work or paying rent and hoping the choice doesn't mean losing a job. Arthur's solution was Car Care Cash, LLC, an entity committed to providing fast funding for vehicle repairs in an effort to eliminate predatory subprime lending as it pertains to vehicle repair....
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Dino’s Arcade

Angel (aka Dino) Andino was born and raised in Pennsylvania. After joining the United States Air Force, his role as a Cryptologic Language Analyst eventually brought him to Fort Gordon in Augusta, GA where he had his first experience with virtual reality. Before trying VR for the first time in early 2017, he built a custom, high-end PC that could handle the fully immersive experience. PC built, headset on, controller in-hand, Dino recalls,“I put the headset on in the morning and when I finally took it off, it was pitch black outside. I was shocked when I realized how much time I spent interacting with that world... and I didn’t even feel like I was on that long.” It was Space Pirate Trainer that hooked him; ducking and dodging bullets and shooting at robot armies. All in his very own living room. That very first virtual reality experience was transformative, to say the least. Dino had to figure out how to...
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