Following In Dad’s Footsteps – And Then Some
Tony Capasso is first generation American. His father moved from Calabria, Italy to the United States and started a construction and masonry business when Tony was born. In middle school he started working for his father and by the time he was in high school he was well versed in many aspects of the business.
“I think it must have been hard for our dedicated employees to take direction from a kid, because I was literally a kid helping my father run the business. But I also think they saw what a hard working man my father was and saw those same character traits in me. My dedication to our family business was and still is unwavering.”
The decision on which college to attend was a big one. Tony loved working for his family and school, but knew that if he went away his opportunity to learn through the work he as doing would go away. He opted for the not so normal route and attended Central Connecticut State University School of Technology Construction Management instead of going out of state. His schedule was grueling, six classes, two days a week while running multi million dollar projects for the family business. He was exposed to many facets of business that his classmates could only dream about. It was the perfect decision.
Michio Kaku – The Inspiration Behind His Innovation
Inspiration for his business came from Michio Kaku, the author of Physics of the Future. In the book it talks about a day in the life of a man 100 years from now and interestingly enough, that man runs a construction company, goes into work every day and has robots that work with him.
“This part of the book fascinated me, because the construction industry is far from the bleeding edge of technology. It also got me thinking about how I could help drive automation in this industry.”
Tony’s latest venture and the reason he decided to attend Draper University, is called Construction Automation Inc., providing 3D
printing and robotics for the construction industry. He is working with the inventor of this technology to bring it to market. They have already printed a small home, with plans to start printing building materials and scaling up to larger structures.
Keep On Failing Until You Succeed
Draper University presented a unique opportunity for Tony (and also his wife who attended along with him). He was determined to blaze a path in technology and innovate in an industry that is lacking innovation.
The open learning environment taught him quite a bit. One of the mottos, keep on failing until I succeed, helped him prepare for the big pitch day. He put together what ended up being an amazing presentation and wowed the VCs and other technology luminaries that listened to his idea. Tony has already raised more than $500K and is working on key partnerships, raising additional capital and hiring some of the first employees for the business. He believes his idea is bound for great success.
What’s his advice for people thinking about attending Draper University?
“100% recommended! Go in with a completely open mind, and look for the deeper meanings behind everything that goes on throughout the sessions. You will walk away with a new perspective on what it means to be an entrepreneur.”