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UVA Explores NYC Fintech Scene

This past Friday, the CardFlight team had the pleasure of hosting 13 students from the University of Virginia (UVA) who were participating in HackCville’s annual NYC Startup Trip. HackCville is a student-run non-profit organization that prepares undergraduate students at UVA for careers in startups and entrepreneurship. Each year, their six entrepreneurship education programs serve over 1,500 students and 500 alumni, including myself as I’m a participant in their student mentorship program. They say their core membership of 110 students “consists of some of the most self-starting, creative and entrepreneurial people at UVA”, and after today’s event, I think we all had to agree with that.
As a UVA alum, I was eager to bring in some fellow Wahoos (a UVA term I won’t even get into explaining) and share with them why we’re so excited about what we do here at CardFlight and the momentum we have. After a brief overview of our company, product offerings and the FinTech/mPOS industry, we dove into each team member’s journey from college to CardFlight.

Of course, as the finance guy, I started my portion off with the key drivers and metrics we look at as a SaaS company to monitor our growth and the overall health of our business. I continued by sharing my career progression from studying undergraduate business to being a management consultant to working as an internal business consultant at the startup accelerator Techstars to joining the CardFlight team to manage finance and strategy.

The students then heard from Rhoen on software development, CJ on product management, Natalia on sales, and Filippa on marketing, followed by some job search tips from our two most recent college grads, Leah and Austin. From a group of mostly 1st and 2nd years (yet another UVA term, although I think this one is self-explanatory), we received questions ranging from key skillsets to work at a startup and our most valued work experiences to how we maintain our competitive advantage and optimize our supply chain. There were computer science majors inquiring about sales and business majors asking questions about product.These students wanted to truly understand how to best prepare themselves for a potential career at a startup, and if we could be of any help, that’s priceless to us!

Needless to say, we were impressed. At CardFlight, we pride ourselves on hiring individuals with a bias toward action – someone who sees a problem and is proactive about fixing it – and it was clear to us that these students also valued that mindset. Great work HackCville on running a professional, organized trip full of “some of the most self-starting, creative and entrepreneurial people at UVA” indeed.

Thanks for letting us being a part of it and looking forward to next year!

 

By
Jason Fishman
Manager, Finance & Strategy

Jason Fishman

Jason joined CardFlight in the summer of 2015 as our Director of Finance and Strategy. Hailing from Boston, Jason currently resides in the Big Apple. His love for numbers is currently paralleled by his quest of hitting the bullseye on every dartboard he lays his eyes upon.