My Entrepreneurial Timeline

Over the past several years I’ve come to realize that being a young business owner is not a common thing.  It elicits a slew of different responses from people.  Any student or young professional interested in starting their own business always asks me “how did you get started?”  And with good reason – it’s a daunting task.  Starting a successful business takes a combination of work ethic, insane optimism, and luck, among other things.

Here’s a time line of the path I took.  It wasn’t all planned, it wasn’t anywhere near the shortest path to success, but the result has been an absolutely amazing ride that I wouldn’t trade for anything in the world.  I am eternally grateful for being able to make a living doing something I enjoy so much.  Hopefully you’ll be able to draw from it in your quest for entrepreneurial success.

2003

2004

  • 7/2004– I spent my summer learning to program, culminating in the launch of a sports collectibles marketplace SportsLizard.com (check out the current about page for a screenshot of the original site).
  • 12/2004 – Upon graduating Magna Cum Laude from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a degree in Industrial Engineering, I decided to move from NY to CT to take a job with that same company I interned with.  I figured I’d run SportsLizard in my free time.

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

  • 3/2020 – The COVID-19 pandemic struck. We’ve thankfully been able to keep operating. I’ve written a series of posts on the topic.

What does the future hold?  I’m not sure, but I couldn’t be more excited!