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CONNECTING YOU TO THE FRANKLIN P. PERDUE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS  MARCH 2013
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Catchin’ Up With … Ryan Chacon

Ryan Chacon
Ryan Chacon

Life after the Perdue School has been nothing short of amazing. For starters, I’m in Chile. I couldn’t have imagined that just three years after finishing my M.B.A. that I’d be living 5,000 miles away from Maryland for seven months. It’s crazy, it’s awesome, and I’m still soaking in the incredible journey that I’ve just begun.

Stupil. This word, my company – this is what my next half a year (and hopefully much, much longer) will be dedicated to. In December, my business partner and co-founder
Ben Bunk and I were selected to participate in Start-Up Chile, an accelerator program designed to bring entrepreneurs from all over the world together to build their businesses.
In addition to this, we were presented with $40,000 in equity-free seed money to help get the company off the ground. We’ve been here for a month and have loved every jam-packed minute.

Stupil is a social e-commerce platform embedded within a media player that makes it simple for consumers to instantly buy, sell and donate online through social media outlets that already exist.

I’ve always been an entrepreneur. From the online paintball business that Ben and I started in middle school to Knollege, the education social networking site I created with Perdue School grads Hunter McIntyre and Charles Gray, with which we won the 2010 Bernstein Achievement Award for Excellence.

It’s an amazing experience, seeing my visions take shape right before my eyes. It’s hard work but worth it every day. I’m looking forward to spending the next few months down here in Chile – the weather is great, the culture is phenomenal and Stupil becomes more of a reality with each day that passes.

If you are interested in following along with my experiences in Chile, subscribe to our blog www.pitchdreams.com where we share our thoughts on start-ups, entrepreneurship and Chile.

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