We Decided to Try Something New this Summer – Hire an Intern!

June 3, 2014 - 5 minutes read

This summer, we decided to try something new at eateria! We’ve taken on an intern from The Skandalaris Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at Washington University here in St. Louis – John Carney. He’s only been here 2 days and he’s already making an impact, from writing blogs and email content to analyzing campaigns and A/B tests. We’re excited to have him on board, so we thought we’d get to know him a little better. Here’s the interview I had with him today – our team learned a lot and hope you do too! John_Carney

Where do you go to school and how did you end up in St. Louis?

I just finished up my second year at Wash. U, studying Economics & Strategy.  I never really thought I’d live in St. Louis, but after coming here for school, I adore the city.  I’m really excited about getting the chance to spend the summer here.

Why did you select eateria for your summer internship?

Wash. U., specifically the school’s entrepreneurial center (The Skandalaris Center for Entrepreneurial Studies), encourages students to stick around for the summer and work at local start-ups.  I applied to the Skandalaris Center and had the opportunity to meet over 40 startups back in February.  Before the meet-and-greet, I read eateria’s business plan and absolutely fell in love with the idea and Ola’s passion.  After emailing and pestering (and probably annoying) Ola, he eventually invited me in for an interview.  I knew it was a good fit, and I was given an offer soon after.  I was ecstatic.

What are the top 3 things you want to accomplish during your internship?

a)  Strategy and marketing experience.  I think this summer will give me an awesome opportunity to grow from my foundation in the classroom.  Real-world experience is invaluable, and I have already worked on a few projects that I’m really into.
b)  I hope to learn a bit of coding.  In my first week, I’ve already been given a chance to design a landing page and start some A/B testing.  It’s nerdy, but I really enjoy the analytics behind A/B testing.
c)  I want to give back to the St. Louis startup community.  I think what Ola is doing with eateria locally and by opening Claim (a new coworking space) along with other entrepreneurs provides St. Louis with great chances to grow.  This summer, through working, I’ll get to hopefully help out the greater St. Louis community by encouraging tech startups to try and make it in St. Louis.  You don’t have to be in Palo Alto anymore; St. Louis is a heck of a lot cheaper.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

After college I want to get into management consulting.  After that and possibly grad school, who knows.  But to answer the question truthfully, I’d rather not grow up.

What is your favorite St. Louis restaurant?

Since I live near the Loop, I’m pretty U-City biased.  If I want something close to campus, I’m getting either the wings from Three Kings or a bolgogi burrito from Seoul Taco.  You can find me in both of those places at least once a week.

What do you do when your not crunching numbers, growth hacking and just being the cool dude in the office?

Basketball is still my passion.  I can give you a play-by-play of almost any of my high school games if you ask.  Actually, I’ll probably bring it up even if you don’t ask.  On most weekends though, I’ll probably be at Wash. U.’s pool.

For a little fun were going to borrow an idea from our friends over at Techli, lightening round!

Dogs or cats? Dogs.  Cats make me sneeze.
Peanut or plain m&ms? Peanut
Summer or winter?  Mississippi winters.  That’s where I grew up.  We had a total of 1 snow day throughout my elementary and high school education.
Facebook or Twitter?  Facebook.  Best way to keep up with all my friends from home.

What’s your twitter handle so the fine folks reading this post can find you?

Check in throughout the summer as John provides updates on his experience at eateria!
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