Tim Jenkins

Tim Jenkins

CEO


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Milestones

My road in life has taken me all over.
Growing up in a blue-collar town, everyone assumed I'd take a factory job rather than go to college.
I got a full academic scholarship to the University of Cincinnati.
I started with a minor in computer science and left school as a programmer.
I wrote computer audit programs for KPMG before moving into an operating role at Apple.
Going to work for Apple was one of the defining moments in my life; they really invested in me.
I wanted overseas experience, so Apple sent me to London to join the team developing e-trading.
After that, I moved to Paris. I think my most valuable experiences were the ones I had overseas.
I took my first CEO position at a small software company a few years ago.
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Education

High School
Bachelor
Accounting and Finance
University of Cincinnati-Main Campus

Career

CEO

I build teams that can do the impossible.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Technology
Sports
Building Things

Day to Day

Every day, I'm pulling teams of people together to solve seemingly impossible problems.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Entrepreneurs have a tendency to think that they're the only one that matters; let that idea go. It's like playing or coaching a team sport: you can't do everything on your own, so your number-one responsibility as CEO is to hire the absolute best team that you can, and then trust that team to go out and execute your vision. You have to find people who are passionate, who believe what you believe, and who have just enough overlap in skill sets that they'll mesh and complement each other's work.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

If you don't come from a good, strong financial background, you're probably going to have a total lack of understanding of the economics governing your own industry. Down the line, you can get out of your comfort zone and dip into marketing or operations, but start with that finance degree.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Accounting and Finance

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"I don't think your product has long-term viability. I don't see the market opportunity. I don't see how you could scale this technology."

Challenges I Overcame

First-Generation College Student