A couple weeks back I went to Harvard Business School to see Romanos, who’s been interning with us since January, present Perpetually to his Managing Networked Businesses class. Everyone in the class had worked through the semester with a startup as part of a field study, and Romanos was asked (with two other classmates) to present what he’d learned about our nascent business.
Needless to say, Romanos hit it out of the park. It was great fun for me to see him on stage talking about the product and business we’ve all spent a year building. And it was great to listen to (and interrupt) questions from guests, students and professors. I always learn a lot from listening to how people respond to Perpetually — their questions reflect both what we’re excited about, and areas we fail to address properly.
I’ve known Romanos since Columbia, and when he offered to work with us for the semester we jumped at the opportunity. One of our core challenges at Perpetually is also one of our biggest strengths: we’re all tech nerds. Romanos was the first person to work with us who wasn’t a programmer. But he has an uncanny ability to understand and articulate technical ideas and problems. It’s an incredibly important ability for us, and it proved extremely valuable as he researched new markets, interviewed customers and tried out new outreach methods.
I’m sad to see Romanos’ semester end, but he certainly ended it in style. How could we possibly top him in the fall semester?