Business undergrads launch big-time company
Published: Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 01:10
Kennie Christiansen, a senior majoring in finance, has paid his way through college with self-started businesses. Window washing was the beginning of his entrepreneurship; as he proceeded through school, ideas lead him to another business opportunity he now sees as his career.
Your Pro SEO is a business that focuses on ranking businesses high up on internet search engines. If someone searches online for a good restaurant in town or a nearby gym, various results will appear.
Dan Campbell, a senior majoring in business administration, is Christiansen’s business partner, and together they place businesses at the top of those internet search results.
“We study the logarithms and the key components that google is looking for, then we build a website to match that criteria and the business will subsequently be ranked higher,” Christiansen said. “Companies are willing to pay thousands of dollars a month to make sure they are the top one.”
Christiansen and Campbell had previously worked together and had ambitions of owning their own company in the future. They had no idea Your Pro SEO would launch and become successful so quickly.
“My first business was a window-washing business. Dan actually worked with me on that as well. We went our separate ways not knowing we would be reuniting with Your Pro SEO,” Christiansen said. “I also started a business called Revolvent, we do small document management. I still have that business on the side.”
Professors from the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business have been with Christiansen and Campbell every step of the way. They mentored them, gave advice on how things should be done and offered extra knowledge on materials not covered in business classes.
“Dr. Tyler Brough got me into the programming and then Professor Ben Blau has been there every step of the way as well,” Christiansen said. “I couldn't have asked for better professors; those two are the most influential to me.”
Although Christiansen didn't expect to be running a full-time business before he graduated college, his professors are not surprised by his early success.
“It doesn’t surprise me at all that he’s already running a successful business,” Professor Benjamin Blau said. “His curiosity, interest and desire to learn new things is only going to add to the success he has already seen as an undergraduate student and entrepreneur.”