Portia Kersten the CFO of Skout, a platform considered to be the largest globally for meeting up with new people, gave an interview about her company and how she got her start in the business world. She gives her credit to her childhood role models, a large imagination and reading lots of books. She favors Charles Dickens and the characters, and Shakespeare. A healthy dose of perseverance has also gotten her where she is today.
Speaking directly to other women looking to start a business, she recommends embracing versatility. Staying flexible and remaining patient are her keys to getting ahead. Confidence, or the lack thereof, is another issue women in the workforce must face. Miss Kersten recommends that women gain confidence by practicing logic, politeness, and to repeat that over and over again. In the interview, she also point points to her previous employment opportunities as a building block to where she is now. Working at these other companies gave her the ability to notice certain familiar patterns with start up companies and use these best practices with Skout.
Originally founded in 2007 to develop new software products. Skout was created as a mobile social network application that gives users a unique way to meet people for friendship and dating. A basic profile with photos is set up by the user, and users are shown matching profiles, therefore allowing your social circle a chance to grow. It’s also a way to find activities and events in the area, increasing chances to meet people.
Skout uses points bought with virtual currency that gives users a more in depth experience by unlocking certain features. It truly is a global app, with 30 percent of users located in the US, while the rest are spread across the globe.
Miss Kerten, when speaking about the future of Skout, said she hopes to continue to bring people together in a positive and safe manner to make friends, date and create communities. For example, the Philippines community recently came together to help one of their own that had a medical emergency. Miss Kersten hopes to continue to encourage and expand upon that type of involvement from it’s members.
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