Stuart Draper


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Stuart Draper is an American entrepreneur. Stuart started Stukent, Inc. in 2013 and is based in Idaho Falls.[1]

Stuart Draper, founder of Stukent, Inc.Stuart Draper, founder of Stukent, Inc.

Company

Stukent, Inc.

Twitter

@stu_draper

Instagram

@draperstu (824 followers)

Career

Early Career

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Stukent, Inc.

Stuart started Stukent, Inc. in 2013. They detail the beginnings of their company in their Starter Story interview: [1]

Q: How did you get started on Stukent, Inc.?

Just 7 months after graduating from college in 2008, I started to gain valuable experience doing internet marketing for companies that range from mom and pop shops to Fortune 500 companies. Before being acquired in December 2015, I bootstrapped GetFoundFirst.com, a digital marketing agency.

As an adjunct faculty member teaching digital marketing, I saw a gap between instructional resources and what students would be expected to do on the job. The class I was teaching was using the same textbook that I had used when I was a student! I knew the current courseware wasn't doing enough to prepare students for the industry. It was then that I realized there was an opportunity and decided to do what no one else was doing, and built a company specializing in digital, up-to-date courseware.

Stukent has taken an innovative approach to digital marketing instruction that has led to an increasing number of products entering the educational courseware market. This approach combines regularly updated text with guest lectures from industry experts, real-world projects, and a simulation where students can get hands-on experience. It's the marriage between industry and academia. These products include Digital Marketing Essentials + Mimic Pro and Essentials of Social Media Marketing + Mimic Social.

In the beginning, I struggled with raising three rounds of funding compared to the one round we had anticipated. That stunk. There was a time when the money nearly ran out; Stukent faced less than thirty days left in business. However, with a concrete vision of the future, we made it out without a single layoff.

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