Tony Schmidt

Tony Schmidt

Lexington, Kentucky, United States
Member since January 23, 2011
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2012 Case Western Reserve University , MS , Master in Engineering Management
2010 University of Kentucky , BS , Computer Engineering, Computer Science

I am a(n):


If you're an entrepreneur or corporate innovator, why?

Excitement and adventure around every corner

My favorite startups:


What's most frustrating and rewarding about entrepreneurship/innovation?

You have to love your idea, and I mean really love it with a passion to enter the entrepreneurial world because it can be brutal at times. But the if you truly love your idea, every small success becomes an Olympic gold medal. The excitement and adventure around every corner is unbelievable and to watch your scrap paper idea become a full-blown company is simply amazing.

What's the No. 1 mistake entrepreneurs/innovators make?

Enter business for the wrong reasons. You have to be completely behind the cause of your company before you should ever think about entrepreneurship. Ask yourself, do you care enough about your company's services to work for it for an entire year without pay? If you answered yes, you're ready.

What are the top three lessons you've learned as an entrepreneur?

1) Take every opportunity you get, you never know what it may bring.
2) Be flexible, very very flexible. You should be able to change the direction of company in a moments notice.
3) Speak with passion and confidence.

Full bio


I am a recent graduate of the University of Kentucky holding a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. I am currently attending the Master of Engineering Management program at Case Western Reserve University to graduate in May 2012.


About my Adventure in Entrepreneurship

During my undergraduate college years I created software to help me manage my community service organization, Alpha Phi Omega, a co-ed service fraternity. Other colleges in the area who also had chapters of APO saw my system as a solution to many of their problems. A short year later I had started my first company In the first year of the company it has grown to over 80 college campuses and has brought an entirely new world into view that I've never even heard of: the world of entrepreneurship. Having never taken a business class there was much for me to learn but I quickly picked up the lingo and have pitched as many pitch contests and actually won the 2010 - 5Across championship pitch contest in Lexington, KY. I have traveled across the state presenting my experiences and companies to several audiences at both educational institutions and venture clubs. Since my success with APOonline I have released the popular software for all greek organizations at and all non-greek organizations at ManageYour.Org.