Clarence Bethea

Clarence Bethea

Founder & CEO


Upsie

Minneapolis, MN USA


If it’s your goal in life to only do what’s required of you, then you aren’t going to be very successful. Life is about going over and above. The ones who succeed are the ones who work harder, do more, and are more grateful.

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Milestones

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
Born and raised in Atlanta, GA.
Grew up in a rough neighborhood and in an abusive home—fell into a life of selling drugs and admits that he spent most of his early life trying to figure out who he was.
When he was 15, he was arrested and charged with a misdemeanor.
Moved to Minnesota to turn his life around and won a basketball scholarship to Bemidji State University.
After graduation, began working as a sales manager for 43 Hoops Basketball Academy and helped it grow into a company worth over $1 million in its first year.
While working there, met one of his mentors, the CEO of a Fortune 500 company, who began coaching him in business and helping him build his confidence.
Admits that he struggled in his early entrepreneurial years with mental health issues, financial disappointments, and racial discrimination within the tech industry.
In 2015, started his company, Upsie, which developed an innovative way of selling extended warranties for electronics and now has over $2 million in funding behind it.
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Education

Education

highschool
High School
associates
Associate's Degree
Cowley College
undergrad
Bachelor
Bemidji State University
Career

Career

Founder & CEO

I help consumers get affordable and reliable warranties for all of their electronic devices.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Business
Business
Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurship
Accomplishing Goals
Accomplishing Goals

Day to Day

I spend most of my time in a lot of meetings with the team. My main focus has been on growing the company, dealing with operations, and financials. I enjoy being an evangelist for our company and our mission, so I talk to customers and businesses to tell them about what we are doing and how we can help them. Growth is always a challenge, so in order for me to continue talking to investors and getting our name out there, we have started hiring more people to take on the growing workload.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Grit and perseverance. Be willing to go the extra mile and do whatever it takes to succeed. No matter what your job title is, help out where you are needed, do more, and be grateful. Be your authentic self and build your confidence. There is also value in being vulnerable, showing that, and finding people who can support you.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for everyone

Reach out! Connect with the people around you or to the people doing the work you want to do. Ask questions. Surround yourself with positive people who will support you. Shed the negativity.

Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Parents:

"You're going to be dead or in prison by 18 years old."

To have my mom say this to me as a teenager was difficult to deal with. All of the issues I struggled with growing up led to a strained relationship with my family. I had to move away and get space away from that negativity. You have to keep working hard through all of that adversity. I have spent a lot of time talking with therapists and dealing with all of that baggage.

Challenges I Overcame

Financial
Financial

I didn't grow up with a lot of money. When I was first starting out, I drove a beat up old car and I remember going to a lot of meetings where people drove Bentley's and flew in private jets. I didn't even realize that was real life.

Gangs / Violence
Gangs / Violence

I grew up in a bad neighborhood and in an abusive household. When I was younger, I thought that problems were only solved with violence. It wasn't until I got older and got into business that I realized there were more constructive avenues.

Drugs / Addiction
Drugs / Addiction

When I was young, I got sucked into a life of selling drugs. I eventually got out of that and took my life in a different direction.

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