Random Collaboration...Everything Happens For A Reason
What if you could grow your dream in your own backyard or quit your job to fly with your own flock? For Greg Svitak, co-founder of Flock’d, it all started with an idea, a phone call, a bus, and some friends. Greg is a firm believer that everything happens for a reason. Beginning this week, the 37 year old will officially be living the startup dream.
I sat down with Greg at Loop, a local coffee shop in Cleveland’s Tremont to discuss his story. We chatted over his choice of a skinny iced mocha and my soy iced chai, which is now a favorite thanks to the amazing staff recommendations to the recipe.
Talking with Greg was like chatting it up with an old friend. He’s a down to Earth kind of guy who is interested in doing his civic duty by encouraging local startups through mentoring and connecting people through his network. Greg, a product of Cleveland, likes keeping things in the local Ohio Loop. He’s worked with Cleveland Bridge Builders, a program that teaches civic engagement, to help him be more effective at something he says he has a great passion for. As he continued on with his story about connecting, a text message came across his iphone acknowledging a great meeting and thanking him for the connections that were passed along.
Greg, who holds an MBA from Case Western Reserve and BBA and MIS degrees from Ohio University, started connecting the dots back in September of 2010. He wanted to be with like-minded entrepreneurs and he felt moving to Austin, Texas would get him what he was looking for. Greg was a solutions analyst for the office of the CTO at Hyland Software. He spent almost 9 years at Hyland launching dozens of products. He loved his job, but he was looking from something more to startup.
Thanks to his good friend Aaron LeMeiux, CEO and co-founder of nPower PEG technology of Tremont Electric and his convincing conversations of how he started up in Cleveland; Greg was convinced to stay longer. He loaded Greg’s mind with hope and good conversation.Continued on the next page