AJ Okereke (’14): Choosing the Entrepreneurial Path
“What are you going to do after you graduate?” Any college senior will tell you that they get this question at least once a day. Professors, parents, and other well-meaning adults are eager to give their two cents on grad school, large vs. small companies, and the key to success. In search of a new perspective about approaching the job hunt, E@D asked recent Dyson alum AJ Okereke to weigh in on his process of choosing a career.
AJ graduated cum laude from the Dyson School in 2014 and currently works for Graphiq (formerly FindTheBest), a data aggregation and visualization startup that turns complicated data into contextually-rich presentations of the world’s knowledge. For consumers, Graphiq operates a number of trusted vertical search engines, spanning tech gadgets (specout.com) and real estate (findthehome.com), to education (startclass.com) and government (insidegov.com). For publishers, the company offers several solutions for improving audience engagement with embeddable, contextually-rich visualizations.
In contrast to his current interests, AJ explained that the first half of his Cornell career was actually focused on finance. Interning at a larger corporation allowed him to identify what he did not want to do. He realized that he wanted to be constantly engaged and working on innovative ideas—a passion that led him to an interest in startups.