Where do you live at the moment?
Sam: New York
What is your current profession and where do you work? How did you come to work in this field?
We co-founded a startup called Nosebleed. As avid sports fans, we realized there was a hole in the marketplace. Our passion for sports and problem solving lead us to creating Nosebleed: A marketplace where fans can buy and sell used seats throughout the entire duration of an event.
What educational path did you follow?
Ariel: I received my Bachelors degree in accounting from the University of Florida, and I’ve earned my CPA.
Sam: I received my Bachelors degree in accounting from the University of Miami, and am currently pursuing a J.D. at Cardozo School of Law.
What is most rewarding about the work you do? What are the challenges?
The most rewarding part of what we do is creating something that we both love. We feel that we would both use Nosebleed as consumers. Part of what we do is enhance the overall experience and affordability of the ticketing world.
The biggest hurdle we come across is educating consumers. Right now there really isn’t anything to compare our product to. We receive constant positive feedback, but still have minor hurdles to get certain users onto the platform.
What is one essential academic or life skill you honed at Scheck Hillel?
Creative thinking. Our concept is a creative solution to a problem that all venues and sports fans have. Identifying the problem is easy, but coming up with a creative solution that works is the difficult part. Hillel taught us to think outside the box.
What is your advice for future Hillel students who might consider a career in your field?
Our advice would be to remind yourself why you’re doing what you’re doing. There are good days and there are bad days, and the only way to stay motivated through the tough times is to remember why you set out on your goal.
What is the last book you read/podcast you heard that taught you something you didn’t know before.
Sam: David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell. Gladwell challenges society’s norms, and changes the way his readers think about obstacles.
Ariel: “How I Built This” podcast: To achieve great results you need great luck and even greater effort.