This is Ryan O’Donnell! He is a serial social entrepreneur who has built the world’s largest food drive while in high school, launched Pennies 4 Progress into 60,000 schools nation-wide while in college and is on to his next venture as a ThinkHouse fellow. Ryan’s company, EmployUs, is a Raleigh-based human capital management software company founded in 2014. EmployUs builds software that helps companies win the war for top talent and connectors earn money helping their friends get hired. With our web and mobile application, connectors from inside and outside of a company can refer professionals they know to hiring companies and earn referral bonuses with every hire. Founded by a serial social entrepreneur, Ryan O’Donnell, and seasoned human capital executive, Jeff Stocks, EmployUs is creating a world where everyone works where they belong.
| Ryan O’Donnell | LinkedIn |
Kate VanVorst is a bike commuter, dog owner, music lover, and 2015-2016 ThinkHouse Fellow. Her passions and work are intentionally intertwined, and her favorite hobbies include going to concerts, rock climbing, attending community events, and rock climbing. Kate’s company, The Raleigh Arts Collective (RAC), is a cultural hub and makerspace supporting innovative thinking and design. The RAC is a membership-based community and facility offering industrial tools, classes and workshops, event space and consultation. They support collaboration and a D-I-Y ethic by providing the space and equipment necessary to make your idea or project a reality. Their multi-purpose space also hosts meet-up groups, fundraisers, product launches, and other community events. The flagship location is at 500 Royal Street and is slated to open in late summer 2015. We are excited to have Kate as a ThinkHouse fellow this year and can’t wait to see what The Raleigh Arts Collective will have in store!
| Kate VanVorst | The Raleigh Arts Collective |
This is Michael Pham, a North Carolina native with a background in Real Estate and Econometrics. Michael has co-founded his company, InSite Ventures, with fellow ThinkHouse fellow, Collin Reaves. InSite uses a combination of spatial data, retailer data, and statistics for 2 purposes in the retail industry. 1. Help retailers with their site selection decision making process when picking new locations. 2. Help commercial brokers/asset managers fill vacancies by providing them a list of retailers who would be a good fit for their retail center. We are excited to see what Michael and InSite Ventures offers to the ThinkHouse community this year!
| Michael Pham | LinkedIn |
ThinkHouse is excited to introduce Collin Reaves! Collin enjoys spending time with family and friends, bicycling, running, rock climbing, cooking, music, and live concerts. Collin founded LocationINT which is a geospatial intelligence company that provides location intelligence and consumer insights to the real estate industry through the cloud. LocationINT primarily serves national retailers and REITs with a retail portfolio consisting of outlets, malls, and shopping centers. We can’t wait for Collin to move in at the ThinkHouse and are excited to see what becomes of LocationINT!
| Collin Reaves | LinkedIn |
It’s the most anticipated time of the year! No, it’s not your birthday (unless it is, then Happy Birthday!). But it’s time to find out who the next class of ThinkHouse Fellows are! Stay tuned all week to learn more fun facts about our new fellows and get ready for their names to be released! We can’t wait for them to start their ThinkHouse journey and see all of their great accomplishments!