Kyle Goguen


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Kyle Goguen is an American entrepreneur. Kyle started Pawstruck in 2014 and is based in Southern California.[1]

Kyle Goguen, founder of PawstruckKyle Goguen, founder of Pawstruck

Companies

The Dapper Dog Box, Pawstruck

Career

Early Career

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Pawstruck

Kyle started Pawstruck in 2014. They detail the beginnings of their company in their Starter Story interview: [1]

Q: How did you get started on Pawstruck?

I'll always be an entrepreneur at heart. I founded my first eBay store at 16 when local restaurants refused to hire me—apparently having zero work experience isn't a desirable attribute.

eBay was my marketplace of choice for the next two years. From electronics to designer women's clothing, I sold anything and everything I could get my hands on.

> One thing I have learned to do is give up micro-managing. As a leader, giving up control is hiring capable people to handle tasks that you need not do.

I was forced to do business under my dad’s name because of my age (shhh, don't tell PayPal...). I spent most of the profits purchasing inventory, which filled my parents' garage. Every other cent went straight into my savings account.

At 18, I headed off to USC—majoring in Industrial & Systems Engineering with an emphasis in Information Systems & Operations Management (quite a mouthful, right?). I put my eBay business on hold in an attempt to focus on my studies. That didn’t last long as tuition quickly did a number on my savings. Rather than jump back into eBay, I scooped up a few part-time jobs—one on campus as a Video Technician and the rest as a College Ambassador for brands like PlayStation, Monster Energy, and Ubisoft.

I rode that wave until I finished my Bachelor's and eventually my Master's. My Master's was in a much easier to pronounce field, Engineering Management. With my degrees in hand, I made an illogical decision (in the eyes of many) and chose to avoid a career as an engineer—the thing I had been training to do for over 5.5 years. Instead, I returned to my passion, eCommerce entrepreneurship and Pawstruck.com was born. Yes, a career in engineering could have been fulfilling both financially and emotionally, but I came to the conclusion it wasn’t for me. Like many of you out there, I’m an entrepreneur at heart and didn’t like the idea of being chained to a desk working a monotonous 9-5 job.

Source [1]

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