Serial entrepreneur and attorney Andrew Samtoy told Cleveland-Marshall College of Law students to learn how to become problem finders at an October 17 event sponsored by the Legal Entrepreneurial Association.
Samtoy, co-founder of "Cash Mob," an effort to support local retailers with an influx of customers that has spread internationally over the last two years, told students that the key to his entrepreneurial ventures has been moving beyond problem solving to issue solving, and that a legal education provided him valuable skills in that area. Once a problem is identified, Samtoy believes the key to success is taking action, and not being afraid of failure.
With his JD degree, Samtoy worked as a lawyer with Dworken & Bernstein in Painesville, but recently left practice to become host/producer for the Civic Commons, a nonprofit community engagement effort that recently joined the Ideastream family.
That opportunity, along with several other of Samtoy's undertakings, was made possible due to his expansive network. He recommends that students partner with others when developing entrepreneurial ventures, to capitalize on the strengths of multiple people. Samtoy, recently named a Crain's Cleveland 40 Under 40 honoree, believes fellow law school classmates are a great resource of intelligent people to make connections with no matter ones ultimate career goal, and suggested students network with classmates and others over common interests beyond the law and law school.
"It's great to hear Andrew's story because it not a typical tale of success," said 3L Erin Chelune, a member of the Legal Entrepreneurial Association. "Andrew really understands people, and he uses that strength to build an incredible network and to create new ventures on the basis of solving the problems of others."