Member Spotlight: Wade MinterAugust 15, 2013 11:03 AM
Wade Minter is the Chief Technology Officer for TeamSnap, one of the first companies to join our community last fall. TeamSnap, headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, has several folks working here in Raleigh, including Jason Rahaim, Alan McNeely, and Alondo Brewington. The unique web & mobile app allows users to manage their recreational sports team or group. Using the TeamSnap platform, you can manage game and event schedules, track team fees, post messages and photos, and handle other logistical needs for your team.
In addition to working with TeamSnap, Wade coaches improv and hosts office hours at HQ Raleigh. He assists our members with a range of technical topics, including UI and UX, SaaS and mobile applications, cloud computing, and more. His improv classes are hilarious and fun while also helping entrepreneurs learn to think on their feet and feel more comfortable during pitches. Outside of HQ Raleigh, he's an avid recreational hockey player, a soccer coach, and a ring announcer for gouge wrestling. (Wade, you can tip us later for making you sound so awesome...)
We recently asked Wade a series of questions, some serious, some not-so-serious, to help our community learn a bit more about the man behind the glasses. If you haven't met him yet, check out his answers and let us know if you'd like an introduction! You can follow him on Twitter @minter.
1. If someone wrote a biography about you, what would you want it to be titled? “Exceeds Expectations”
2. What is the strangest thing in your refrigerator right now? A crock pot full of potato soup that my wife made. Nobody in the house will eat it except for her, and I still have yet to figure out why the entire crock pot itself has to be in the fridge.
3. What piece of advice would you give to budding entrepreneurs? Don’t be afraid to give a weird idea a shot. If you’re young, you have a great chance to do the starving startup thing for a while without impacting anything but your Ramen budget. If you’re older, or married with kids (like I am), you can still do some interesting things on the side and see how they pan out. The joy of seeing your idea turned into an actual product that real people are using is amazing.
4. Here at the HUB, one of our Core Values is “Empower Others.” What do you do on a day-to-day basis to live out that value? I really like helping people talk through problems and look at perspectives that they may have missed. When asked to give my title at TeamSnap, I often list it as “Sympathetic Listener”. If I see possible new ideas to someone’s problem, I try hard to help them reach that conclusion, as opposed to just dictating from on high. One of two things will happen in that case – they will learn something, or I will. Either way, the world ends up in a better place.
5. What do you enjoy most about what you do? Really, I most enjoy seeing that this idea, which seemed like just some sort of throwaway toy seven years ago, has turned into a real company with real users and real people. Even today, several years and millions of users after we launched the company, I still get a thrill when people tell me “You’re with TeamSnap? I love them! They make managing my team so much easier!” Plus I’ve been able to take a vision for what SaaS and mobile software can be, and put it into action. When we did our first Net Promoter survey recently and scored a 65% (right between the “excellent” and “world class” points), it really validated that these things that I think are good ideas actually resonate with customers.
6. What TV sitcom family would you be apart of? The Huxtables. Because, seriously, it’s The Cos. And all the “Jello Puddin’ Pops” you can eat!
7. What is one thing you hope to accomplish this year (personal or professional)? On a professional level, I’d like to guide TeamSnap through another period of high growth. As much as we’ve grown up until now, the expectations only get higher. I’d really like to see us accelerate by the summer of 2014. On a personal level, I’d like to perform improv in a few new cities. I’m on a quest to play in every ComedySportz city in the US, and am over halfway there!
8. If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why? Teleportation. Transportation is boring, plus I’d love to drop in on some improv friends on the other side of the world, do a show, and be back home in time for dinner.
9. What do you feel is the biggest challenge of being an entrepreneur? Having your ideas run ahead of your funding. I’d love to be doing 20 additional things at TeamSnap, but we’re running a lean, focused operation with not much slack. While it’s frustrating, it’s allowed us to be in control of our own destiny at this point in time, so it has its benefits. Getting to that point of sustainable growth while you still have tons of ideas in your head can drive you crazy. Still, I like to think that there’s a guy at Facebook or Google right now saying “If only I could hire 10 more engineers, I could make this great idea happen!” So I assume that it’s a challenge that will always be there.
10. What is your favorite movie quote? “I am serious. And don’t call me Shirley”
Thanks again, Wade!