Dear Steve, I want Your Job
Within the first week of starting his new job at the Apple Store Mike Juliano bucked the channels of communication and reached out to Steve Jobs. In not so many words he told Steve that he wanted his job one day. While this move prompted a meeting with his manager and a firm talking to about why the new kid shouldn't be sending emails to the CEO, it showed that Mike had just the right amount of gusto to make it as an entrepreneur one day.
Mike attended Rutgers University, studied business and graduated in 2011. While at Rutgers he also worked full time in the Apple Store. Between studying, classes and work his days lasted about 12 hours. His endurance with work and school was yet another sign that he would one day make something on his own and do it with much success.
"My father is a successful entrepreneur and when I was growing up he had me work at both of his businesses, a restaurant and car repair shop. I learned practical skills like management and bookkeeping and those experiences solidified my desire to one day be my own boss."
His work at Apple lead him to think about the boundless opportunities that technology afforded everyone. He thought a lot about what he could create and turn into a business. Then it hit him. He was planning on sending one of his best friends an email about an idea he had and when he went to look for the email address he realized that it was not in his address book.
Introducing Think You Inc. and youPass
"How is it, I was thinking to myself, that I could have a close friend and not even know his email address? Especially in this day and age where it should be easy to gather contact information. What I realized is that it is not as easy as I thought it was. That is how I came up with the idea for Think You and our first product, youPass."
Think You is redefining the way people customize and share contact information. The company’s first product, youPass, is a next generation address book that simplifies the exchange of contact information, social networking accounts and more on a peer‐to‐ peer basis.
From Staten Island to Draper University
Mike was presented with the opportunity to pitch his idea at the Staten Island Tech Meet Up and was introduced to Michael Lisovetsky, another Draper Alumni. As like minded entrepreneurs they hit it off and Michael recommended that if Mike really wanted to learn the ins and outs of entrepreneurship he needed to apply to Draper U.
That same evening, which also happened to be the last day to apply, Mike completed the application and he got in.
For Mike DU was a life changing experience. While he definitely thinks his education at Rutgers was important he felt it lacked the real world insight into what it means to actually start and grow a business.
"At DU you hear from actual entrepreneurs that have been out there. They have built technology, hired employees, raised funding and everything else it takes to start‐up. They have been through successes and failures and their experiences not only helped, but inspired me. I have Tim Draper and DU to thank for the amazing experience, I also have to thank my parents who have taught me so many valuable lessons. One of the most important is the real cost of living. When I started my company I had to rent an apartment from my parents...yes, they make me pay rent."
Mike is busy launching new versions of his technology for Android devices and the Apple Watch and is also raising money to scale his business and expand.
Check out youPass in the Apple Store