Your name: Joost Kamermans
Where you’re from: Utrecht, the Netherlands
Where you studied: University of Pennsylvania + Rotterdam School of Management
Majors and Minors: Finance, International Business
Three words that best describe you: Hungry, loud, unmannered
1. When did you first get excited about the world of tech and entrepreneurship?
Tech and entrepreneurship had always intrigued me, but it had always seemed as unattainable for someone like me without any tech background. During my healthcare entrepreneurship course at the University of Pennsylvania I was inspired by fellow-students who had dreamt big and built a startup from the ground up without a tech background either. During the semester I developed a business idea of my own and started to get more and more interested in software development as this is the way to go if you want to start out with limited capital.
2. Why did you decide to take Horizons and what’s been your favorite part so far?
Together with my co-founder I had pitched an idea successfully in the Netherlands and became convinced that it would be possible to see it through, but I would have to learn as much as possible about software development in a short period of time. Right at that moment I first heard about Horizons, perfect timing!
3. What does a successful version of you look like on graduation day? How about two years out of college?
I aspire to a life with a challenging job with limitless boundaries during the week, but at the same time highly value being able to play football with my friends on the weekends.
4. Tell us what is one thing you believe is true that most people disagree with (the Peter Thiel question)…
The Netherlands will win the world cup in 2018.
5. What has been the most important turning point / realization in your life so far?
The biggest difference between people at an Ivy league university and my university back home is not their intelligence. It’s their ability to dream big and aim for the stars.
6. What motivates you to work hard every day?
The best way to predict the future is to create it.
7. If you were going to be famous, what would it be for?
My unparalleled imitation of LvG’s victory speech on the balcony in Munich.
8. What is your advice to incoming freshmen to make the most out of their time in college?
Make sure to surround yourself with people who care about you and believe in you, as college can be a tough road but becomes highly enjoyable when shared.
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