Why did you start your business in North Carolina?
I moved to North Carolina as a teen, and it brought me a lot of opportunities. As a software developer I've had several offers to move for my career but always turned them down to stay local, despite higher salaries elsewhere. My interests always seemed to fit better here in Wilmington - and the community is perfect - so I wanted to build a business that not only improved quality of life for the area but also helped develop the city economy. I've been determined to make the case that my town could be just as alluring to tech experts as any on the West Coast.
What is the best part about running your business in your community?
We are in Wilmington, North Carolina, right by the beach. We have the waterways, the university, and a real spirit of freedom that's unique to our region. Nowhere else have I ever seen a community where everyone is both super casual and self-motivated to run a business. I'm the same way - I've freelanced for local business most of my career. That's why there's no better place to work in the wellness economy than here on the coast. Everyone gets it.
What do you believe your North Carolina community has that other startup hubs can’t offer?
The Wilmington community is nascent and very active, which makes it the most exciting place to be. On top of that, we have the good fortune of being right down the road from Research Triangle Park and Charlotte, so our startup community gets all the "younger brother" perks of their success. Our technology and biotech talent are also top notch, and we have real innovators here working on projects that just couldn't launch anywhere else.
In 3 words, how would you describe the entrepreneurial culture in NC?
Inventive ∙ Competitive ∙ Ambitious