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Phil's entrepreneurial career started at age 9 when his parents told him he would have to earn his own money to buy an Atari video game system. So he sold extra tomatoes and beans from his garden and before long he had more than enough to buy the video game system. Phil graduated from Michigan State University with a BA in International Relations and a minor in Japanese. After college he worked at some small companies and EDS. Then was CTO of Auto Industry Portal for 7 years. Most recently, Phil has been a consultant for a diverse group of startups implementing everything from technology plans to database management systems. Phil has the founded two startups of note. One is JustLetMeSing.com, a music competition site. The other is CrowdLanding.com, a equity crowdfunding search engine.
Shay is a graduate of Michigan State University in public policy, with a focus on urban redevelopment. Upon graduation, Shay had the opportunity to work at the Spartan Innovations’ startup incubator for three years in East Lansing. The experience led him to work on several exciting “lean startup” projects. Shay’s core passion remains in law and public policy.
Shay strongly believes that technology startups are soon going to disrupt several traditional public-interest industries, including K-12 education.