Jonathan Kalin, Founder of Party With Consent
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College: Colby College
College Venture: Party With Consent, The Better Announcements
Current Venture: Party With Consent
Year in College Founded: 2012
Years out of College: 11 months
One word that best describes your experience as an entrepreneur in college: “To thine own self be true” – Shakespeare
Favorite class: Global Justice with Lydia Moland
Least-favorite class: Theory of Microeconomics
Why bother with entrepreneurship?
It never really felt like a conscious choice. I found myself intrigued by problems I faced on campus and got such a rush in the effort to solve those problems.
Tell us about your college venture, and where you are on it/what became of it?
Party With Consent has grown into an International decentralized movement. I spend most of my time with PWC connecting leaders from different college campuses working to prevent sexual assault on their campus, speaking on different college campuses, and further developing our educational materials.
What are you working on now and why?
I’ve continued building PWC because there was still plenty of interest in my work after I graduated and I still get that same rush I used to get while on campus.
Where was your favorite place to do work on campus?
My favorite place to do work was actually off-campus, at Selah Tea on Main Street in Waterville. The owner of the restaurant owned 3 businesses on the Main Street, so it was awesome to chat with him when my homework got dull. It was also awesome to see someone’s vision manifest before my eyes, every time work on any of my projects got tough I was instantly reminded that the owner of the restaurant I’m sitting in went through the same thing.
What’s one way students can start today?
My suggestion on the best place to start is to envision your campus, your community, you’re world as not something that is out of your control. It’s easy to see you lunch and say, “That’s just the normal way I get food.” It’s harder, but far more interesting to ask yourself questions, “Where did this food come from?” “Who is the owner of the transportation company?” “Who is the owner of the farm?” “Who did the sales to my college/high school?”
When you become curious about the world around you, you start learning about new problems that you never considered before. And thus, you become more motivated to make a difference.
What’s your best tip for entrepreneurs still in college?
Get curious about the world around you!
When did you found your company and with how many others?
2012, out of a group called Male Athletes Against Violence
How do you manage your week?
I structure my week around relationships first and then solo work on projects.
What’s the most important lesson you learned as an entrepreneur out of college so far?
That I get to define success for myself. My experience with entrepreneurship has shown me that over and over.
What advice would you offer student entrepreneurs soon to graduate college?
Define success for yourself. Meditate often. Ask yourself the tough questions. “What do you truly need?” “What do you truly want?” Does your vision of yourself in the future add up with the actions you plan to take post-college?
What resources do you recommend others take advantage of?
Relationships. Treat others well, ask them how you can help them, and ask them for help when you need it.
What’s your sleep routine like?
8 hours a night!
Fill in the blank: I’d love to see Arshad Chowdhury answer these same questions.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
Define success for yourself.