Hult Alumni Entrepreneurs

Discover the inspiration, challenges and advice from Hult entrepreneurs across industries and nations. If you know of a company founded by a Hult alumni that would like to be featured, let us know at alumniaffairs(at)hult.edu

Alumni Entrepreneurs

  • Brandon Luong, 2013 MIB

    Datelytics, United States

    Datelytics is a social dating discovery app that finds activities for singles to meet up. By analyzing a user's social accounts, it will display a list of events and daily deals from third party programs, then show attendees with similar interests after selecting an activity.

    "I saw a void in the online dating industry where all the products were either asking for too much while offering little in return, shallow, filled with spam or poking at singles' loneliness. There was no app that embraces the single life while allowing them to enjoy their independence. With these insights, Datelytics was born. Datelytics is a social dating discovery app that finds activities for singles to meet up. By analyzing a user's social accounts, it will display a list of events and daily deals from third party programs, then show attendees with similar interests after selecting an activity. One of the biggest challenges is showing its differentiating factor among novelty dating apps, and finding the right team members to work on the product. For the first year of launch, the app will focus on the USA market, then head eastward starting in China, which will trickle downwards to other South Eastern countries.

    Through my experience at Hult, I had a chance to connect with established individuals, learn more about the startup life, and think about creating my own career. If I had not attend to Hult, I wouldn't have undergone certain experiences which contributed to the birth of Datelytics."

  • Alina Kharina, 2012 MIB & Alnur Ichshanov, 2012 MFIN

    SkillGravity, United States

    SkillGravity (U.S.) helps you obtain the most value from your network. For professional communities and enterprises SkillGravity has developed a clever secure platform that aggregates contacts from all sorts of social media into one powerful unified search engine.

    “SkillGravity helps you to obtain the most value from you network. For professional communities and enterprises we have developed a clever secure platform that aggregates contacts from all sorts of social media into one powerful unified search engine. In order to utilize the key capabilities of your employees and truly understand and appreciate the internal talent, it is much easier now to navigate through all your connections via a combination of job expertise, personal notes, and even shared files. You have the ability to create private groups based on a specific community interest and fast collaborative topics help you to get trustworthy and valuable advice from your first level connections or community members. Imagine you are part of another social network group and need an advice from a specific expert. Who would you respond though? Only someone who is very interested or has a few moments to spare if you are lucky enough. With the SkillGravity we make it easy to skip the step of waiting around for someone to reply and you can target a particular group of people who can make a valuable contribution based on their skills. Furthermore, precise statistics about the group members’ activity can be found.

    The exciting journey called SkillGravity began in November 2012 when I and another Hult International Business School alum, Alnur Ichshanov met up in NYC and decided to develop our classmate experience into a business partnership. We met while completing our Master degrees at Hult International Business School in San Francisco and had been working together on multiple projects since September 2011. The main value brought to the team by this cooperation is that we are experts in different fields but at the same time are both hard-working and goal oriented. As of now the diverse and unique SkillGravity team consists of seven people and an experienced advisory board. The SkillGravity team has different backgrounds from IT and marketing to business development and finance. We worked hard for more than a year and faced several challenges: we always validated and developed our idea, collected feedback form our potential partners and clients, and launched the product twice. And today we have developed partnerships with professional communities, such as alumni communities, non-profit organizations, startup accelerator communities, and staffing companies. We are currently in negotiations to develop partnerships with Fortune 500 companies. We are also raising seed funds.”

  • Alex Hunte, 2011 MBA

    Lytespark, United Kingdom

    Lytespark (U.K.) is a browser-based video conferencing platform that’s easier to use and better quality than Skype, with no downloads or complicated signups. Our vision is to make location irrelevant driving down the cost of connecting, collaborating, and transacting—improving the way people communicate.

    “My advice to Hultians looking to become entrepreneurs? If you have a great idea approach it as if a hundred other people are working on the same thing. Your success will come from your ability to execute, your willingness to listen to your target customers, and your capacity to persevere when everyone else has given up.”

  • Kenji Yamamura, 2011 MBA/2012 MFIN & Anup Menon, 2011 MBA

    Pasadelic, United States

    Pashadelic (U.S.) is a mobile photo application for finding great photo spots globally.

    Read more about Kenji and Pashadelic in Issue 1 of the Hult Alumni Magazine.

  • Krunoslav Klaric, 2011 MIB

    squee, Germany

    Squee (Germany) is a place to discover, buy and sell indie gadgets directly from your smartphone.

  • Lona Alia Duncan, 2011 MBA

    StyleLend, United States

    StyleLend (U.S.) is a peer-to-peer marketplace for lending and renting designer dresses. The ‘AirBnb of dresses’, StyleLend is a platform for sharing clothes online. StyleLend was named one of Mashable's top 10 Y Combinators to watch. Y Combinator is one of the best-known start-up incubators in the Silicon Valley.

    You can also read more about Lona and StyleLend in Techcrunch, Dailymail UK, Business Insider, and Good Morning America.

  • Jereme Holiman, 2012 MIB

    UrbanStems, United States

    UrbanStems is a DC-grown tech startup aiming to make anyone look like a hero. By utilizing new technologies and a curated selection of flowers, we allow you to send a hand-crafted bouquet to anyone in the District, delivered on-demand (utilizing mostly bike couriers), for $35 all inclusive (free delivery).

    The other co-founders and I feel like the existing flower e-commerce powerhouses are producing an underwhelming consumer experience. We knew we could create a consumer experience that is infectious and viral in its own way and we threw ourselves into the idea. We launched the operation Valentine’s Day 2014 during a blizzard and still got all our deliveries to their recipients. The challenge of that day yielded a great deal of insights into how we could better build out our technology to improve operations and logistics.

    Our goal is to grow a business that helps people send happy (#sendhappy). Our philosophy is simple: We want to make it extremely easy to gift and make someone’s day better.

    Eventually we want to be the go-to gifting destination nationally by creating an on-demand marketplace that exceeds consumer’s expectations.