Before he even flipped the tassel on his graduation cap, Jeff Berger (this week’s live chat host -- click here to RSVP) was already wondering about his career prospects. So, Berger skipped the post-grad employment hussle and started his own company instead.
“There were two constants for me growing up: my dislike for school and my curiosity for business,” Jeff wrote in an article on Inc.com. “I was more interested in learning about entrepreneurs who noticed market opportunities and turned them into innovative companies.”
By 21, while most kids his age were celebrating hitting the legal drinking age, Jeff was celebrating his first investor funding.
Although KODA eventually shut its doors, instead of throwing in the towel, Jeff saw a new opportunity to use his passion and entrepreneurial skills as President of Digital Media at Universum Group. And the same lessons he learned running a recruiting startup served him well as the new CEO of employment site Doostang, which Universum acquired.
“I’ve been passionate about the recruiting industry since college,” Jeff told M.O.
Well before his 30th birthday, Jeff has already gone from college student, to entrepreneur, to CEO of a fast-growing company. It’s a path that takes most professionals years, if not decades, to travel.
“Turning an idea into a successful company is a tremendous challenge that needs both a little luck and great execution,” Jeff said on Inc.com.
Doostang, now a top employment resource for more than a million elite professionals, has continued to grow under Jeff’s leadership. Today, 25 percent of the site’s user base comes from the top 30 universities in the country. So it’s not surprising Jeff is also a thought leader in the career and employment space.
“The process of finding a job online is broken,” Jeff told M.O. “I’m excited about building Doostang into the premier employment network for young professionals seeking career advancement in major markets.”
This Tuesday at 3 PM Eastern is your chance to talk to Jeff about following your passion, finding the right position, and walking an unconventional career path during an hour-long #StartupLab live chat, presented by Citi. Don’t forget to bring a few questions to ask Jeff, live!