“I was living in a frat house at 21-years-old” says CTED host Thom Singer. But the guest on this episode of the show is already winning in the game of startups and entrepreneurship.
QuHarrison Terry is a serial entrepreneur and self-starter. He is the co-founder and president of VNM USA, a full service ad agency that he has run since 2013, the co-founder and CEO of 23VIVI, an online digital marketplace, and known for his marketing work at EatStreet. He was listed in Madison’s 40 under 40 and as a frequent writer on LinkedIn was named one of LinkedIn Top Voices in Technology.
He has accomplished all of this by the age of 21.
He is currently the marketing director of Redox. With the adoption of electronic records, healthcare has been digitized. However, the data is too difficult to access. Health systems have trouble sharing with each other, and vendors have trouble accessing it for their software applications. Redox was started to eradicate the technical barriers to data access and usher forth the future of technology-enabled healthcare.
He is an inspiration to African-American youth, and tries hard to live by an example of personal integrity and trying new things in his path to earn a living and make a difference.
Qu admits that entrepreneurship is not for the weak at heart. It takes effort, but the long term pay-off keeps him motivated. While he sees nothing wrong with having a regular job (being an entrepreneur is not right for everyone), he has been on this journey since he started his first company at age 14.
This episode covers a lot of ideas, including the importance of being ready for the changes in business coming (and already here) with artificial intelligence (AI) and how it will impact every business. The companies already utilizing AI are clearly going to be leading their field in the years to come.
Thom closed the show by saying someday “this guy will be on the cover of Forbes, Fortune and Entrepreneur Magazines”. Listen to this episode and you will agree.