In 2012, I dropped out from the University of Chicago to start Strikingly along with my two cofounders, Teng Bao and Dafeng Guo. We moved to Silicon Valley with $100 in our pocket and were accepted into Y Combinator after eating ramen noodle in our 1 bedroom apartment for 5 months. Before Strikingly, I cofounded Moneythink, a non-profit financial literacy education organization. Moneythink was the winner of the 2013 MassChallenge 100K award, and is now funded by Blackstone, recognized by the White House, and featured on Forbes, MTV, the Chicago Tribune, and U.S. News.
CEO Jul 2012 - Present
Strikingly is a Y Combinator-backed startup that allows anyone to create a gorgeous, mobile optimized website in minutes, without any coding or design work. It has raised $1.5MM seed funding from top silicon valley investors.
I'm responsible for fundraising, strategy, and marketing at Strikingly.
Director Oct 2011 - May 2012
ECSEL is a fully-subsidized incubation program for Chinese social entrepreneurs looking to build or expand their social businesses in greater China. It's the most selective social entrepreneur community in China.
I was responsible for setting up programs for the fellowship, marketing, and recruiting fellows for ECSEL.
Summer Analyst Jun 2010 - Aug 2010
Co-Founder, Director Mar 2009 - Jun 2011
Moneythink is a White House-recognized, 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides financial education and peer mentorship to urban 11th- and 12th-graders in the United States. Its unique model uses customized curricula and college volunteers to make financial decision making and career planning practical, relevant, and fun for urban high school students entering the real world.
I was in charge of fundraising and event organizing for Moneythink.
University of Chicago Student Government
Vice President of Administration Sep 2008 - Jun 2011
University of Chicago
Economics, Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) 2008 - 2012
Activities: Student Government, Moneythink, Eckhart Consulting, The Blue Chips, Badminton Team, CUSA, CCIB
It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.