Learn about Florida Entrepreneur Armon Battle, Bryce Battle and Christopher Watson:
Are you affiliated? For most of us, outside of college Greek organizations, this might represent an uncomfortable attempt by someone to determine your chosen political party. Fortunately, for those looking to avoid being the recipient of one of those taboo "get to know you" questions, this question is usually something college students ask one another to determine if they're part of a fraternity or sorority. Twin brothers and co-founders Armon and Bryce Battle of Affiliated LLC, along with a third co-founder, Christopher Watson, were repeatedly asked this question when they transferred to Chapman University in Orange, California.
"We transferred to Chapman during our Junior year and people kept asking my brother and I this question," said Armon. "Being in our third year in college, it was too late for us to affiliate, but we saw an opportunity. We noticed that brothers and sisters in Greek life Organizations were not exceptionally good at maintaining connections after graduation. We saw an opportunity to improve how Greeks maintained those social and professional connections after graduation. We also set out to design a platform that would help to address how universities and Greek systems should react to high profile situations like the tragic death of a fraternity brother at Penn State University in February of 2017."
Armon, Bryce and Christopher are all busy with day jobs, but still extremely focused on designing an app that would have a significant impact on universities and Greek Life organizations. "We have a team of six student interns working on the app," said Armon. "The positions are unpaid, but the students are receiving class credit for their work. We also have four to five developers working on our minimum viable product, which we're set to release later this year. Our end goal is to license the use of our platform to national Greek Organizations and universities. Right now we offer subscription services to fraternities and sororities.
When Armon's not working on Affiliated LLC, he's focused on his day-job as the Director of Campus Development for MyRentHero, a startup in Miami that focuses on helping students look for places to live off campus. He manages a team of approximately 20 student reps and serves as an intermediary between off campus housing complexes and MyRentHero. On the first Wednesday of every month, you can find Armon leading a community of entrepreneurs, innovators, speakers and business owners at a weekly gathering in Delray Beach called 1 Million Cups. He also volunteers as an Operations Intern with the Palm Beach Technology Association.
Armon offers up some great advice for aspiring entrepreneurs. "The community is your biggest ally," he said. "These people are genuinely looking to help you out because they have been there and experienced it before. Whether it is an introduction, advice, or a story, they want to give back and see you succeed. In my experience they/we do this because we encounter the same obstacles, share failures, and successes. Also, never be afraid to ask for help or admit you don't know something." Armon also recommends reading The Lean Startup by Eric Ries (one of FLVEC's personal favorites) and Business Model Generation: A handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers, and Challengers by Alexander Osterwalder & Yves Pigneur. If your time is limited or you prefer to learn while you drive or exercise, Armon recommends The Twenty Minute VC Podcast.
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