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Colin Christianson

Colin Christianson

Tenacious Ventures

Founder & CEO

Personal Information

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School: University of Washington

Major: Business Administration

Years at College Works: 2005 to 2007

Career Information

Company You Work For Now: Tenacious Ventures

Title: Founder & CEO

Industry: Marketing

Brief Description of Duties / Responsibilities

- Guide the vision and direction of the organization - Maintain strategic partnerships and relations with Fotune 500 client base - Provide vision for live video broadcast, social media and online analytics service offerings - Head up training programs

What Has Been Your Proudest Accomplishment Post-CWP?

Launching my company Tenacious Ventures and then establishing a strong enough reputation so that amazing organizations like Microsoft, Walgreens, Solavei, The Gates Notes Foundation, etc.. reached out to me has been one of the most incredible accomplishments that makes me proud even to this day.

CWP Career Impact

In one sentence, what has CWP meant to you?

CWP gave me the foundational skills and perspective that I needed to launch my company, establish a strong reputation in my community, and the know how to constantly develop my personality.

How did your CWP experience impact your career? Immediately after graduation? Now?

CWP impacted me by developing my business skill, ethics and my financials. I was able to buy a laptop, painting van, then car over the 3 years I was involved. These tools then helped me later launch my company Tenacious Ventures. Along with the skills I developed to do my accounting, profit analysis, put together estimates, and manage clients and employees, I was able to build a strong operation plan for my online marketing and media production company. Since CWP taught me just to get out and get started despite my lack of knowledge in the industry, I was able to teach and position myself in the right places to be an expert in a newly emerging industry.

What do you want to tell your clients about what it meant to work with them and how it has helped you get to where you are today?

My favorite client was a deck that we painted. He was a day trader and I didn't know anything about the stock market. He brought me inside and showed me the process of how he was able to take $40,000 and turn it into $400,000 over the course of 6 years. The fact that he was willing to take the time and teach me about his passion, something I knew nothing about at the time, helped give me perspective on the way wall street works.

What was the greatest lesson you learned from your CWP experience?

Under promise, over deliver. This one has lasted with me in all aspects of my life including my personal, social and business.

How has the friendships and networks you built during CWP affected you?

I have stayed in contact with many of the people that went through the CWP program with me. When I pursued my second degree at the University of Washington the friends I made in CWP were my social life in Seattle and it made for a seamless integration into the community. I still go snowboarding every year with the guys I met.

If you had to come up with an one line slogan for CWP, what would it be? :)

The entrepreneur's training course.

Advice

What advice do you have for potential CWP participants? Current CWP participants?

When I entered CWP I had no strong experience in the corporate world. I thought of the corporate world as a well oiled machine that operated with a high level of professionalism. The real corporate world does not operate this way. At times it is very chaotic, bootstrapped and politically driven. Understand that it is up to you to create an organized system around yourself to get things done. No one will do it for you. If you begin that process while in CWP and maintain it afterwards, you will be successful for the rest of your life.

What's your best advice for someone interested in entering your career field?

CWP teaches the skills of bootstrapping a business when you have no money to start. That is valuable in every industry. Even if you're going into the corporate world you will find yourself being the one to speak up in meetings because you have more experience on how the organization should move forward to navigate the marketplace, develop their offering, restructure the workers in your department, etc.. In CWP you touch on nearly all the aspects of a company.

What's your favorite memory from CWP?

My favorite memory from CWP were the training sessions. Getting to be in a room full of people that were motivated and driven is what inspires me to try hard in my life.

Last words of wisdom

Do what you say you are going to do. Get good at doing that. It takes some practice to know what you are capable of doing so that you don't end up over promising or over committing yourself. Try it out, stretch yourself thin to stretch your boundaries then scale back. Say please and thank you. They go a lot further than you might think. Talk positively about the people you know have amazing skills, avoid talking about negative attributes other people have, admit when you're wrong and forgive others.

Colin Christianson