Christian Palmer is the CEO and Founder of ScoopU which is an up and coming transportation start-up for the Universities. He recently appeared on the New Theory Podcast.
1. What do I do best?
Personally, what I like to consider myself as being a step ahead of the typical person regarding is the way that I’m capable of bringing the right group of people together. Our team has been modified and changed constantly throughout the past year in hopes of eventually having a team of people who are willing to put their all towards a common goal – enabling student employment and making on-campus transportation more efficient. I like to think that it is because of our effort to put together such a dedicated and productive team that we are able to build the relationships with our partners and potential customers that we have been fostering for some time now.
2. What makes me the best version of myself?
Unfortunately, this answer goes hand-in-hand with my first answer: the thing that separates myself and ScoopU from other people and companies is my, and our, ability to team-build which leads to effective teamwork. It is only when everyone in a company is working towards accomplishing a common goal that they can operate at their peak efficiency.
3. What are my aspirations?
Simply put, our two biggest goals for ScoopU are to both accommodate the campus-livers by providing the most efficient form of campus-transportation available while making our best attempt to enable student-employment throughout the college campuses we service.
4. My Biggest Success?
Aside from forming ScoopU, which, although we have yet to turn a profit at the moment, is easily my biggest success at the moment, while I was 17 and 18 years old, I had a solid season, breaking Knowshon Moreno’s single-season touchdown record in New Jersey – he scored 40 in one season, whereas I was lucky enough to be surrounded by a great group of both players and coaches who pushed and enabled me to cross the endzone 44 times through the air or ground attack. Then, after this season, our school closed, and the community was called on to raise $1,000,000 to keep the school open. Mater Dei Prep is still open to this day, thanks to the school community raising the money necessary refusing to allow its doors to close.
5. My Most Challenging Moment?
When Super Storm Sandy hit, Monmouth County was greatly affected. My Father at the time was the principal of Port Monmouth Elementary School located in my hometown of Keansburg. He ultimately made the executive decision to turn his school into a shelter for the neighboring community. This shelter catered to the members of the community who had been completely devastated by the storm. I took it upon myself to give as much of my time to the relief effort as I could. I helped my father run the shelter for nearly 2 months and there were never enough helping hands. Although I was exhausted day in and day out, I knew my community needed my help. I was personally responsible for helping feed and clothe countless members of my community. It was challenging work, but I am proud to have been a part of this effort.
6. My Motto?
“It may be unfair, but what happens in a few days, sometimes even a single day, can change the course of a whole lifetime...”
― Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner
7. My Favorite People/Role Models?
In business, I’d say I look up to people like Elon Musk → I wouldn’t say that I necessarily see him as a role model, but it’s fair to say that he does things very differently from most others, is usually under scrutiny, yet continuously works to both personally improve as well as help both of his “active” companies: SpaceX and Tesla Motors. Personally, I look up to people like my father: he’s caring, hardworking, and a family man. People tend to overcomplicate life, yet my father has always made it seem so simple; work hard, care about what you do and always stay true to those you love and care for. Life follows accordingly.
8. My Favorite Places/Destinations?
I’ve never gotten the chance, really, to travel for things other than athletics → some places I’d like to see aside from Cooperstown, Disney, and other ballparks include places like Canton, Ohio where the Football Hall of Fame is. I’ve always enjoyed the beach - I pretty much grew up on a beach. If ScoopU were to help all the markets and people that we aspire to, I’d love to go somewhere in Europe, anywhere out there really. I want to witness for myself how other cultures function, see their perceptions first-hand, and enjoy the company of those with potentially differing views. As a genuinely curious person, I enjoy reading about these views and cultures, but would love for the opportunity to experience these differences for myself.
9. My Favorite Products/Objects?
Two fields that I find especially intriguing is the VR field and the AI field. Virtual Reality is going to be at the forefront of the technology sector, in my opinion, whereas the AI field is going to be at the forefront of the informative and analytical sectors soon – both sectors imperative to how we function in our modern society, and, therefore, both sectors should be prioritized amongst these markets.
10. My Current Passions?
My whole life, my parents have enjoyed the musical arts which is what inspired me to go out for drums when I was young, teach myself the piano when I got a little bit older, and now that I’m in college and have little to no space, teach myself the Ukulele. As previously stated, I spend a lot of time reading business books, or books about the people who have paved the way for the business world to grow. One additional passion that I have aside from music and business is, again, athletics. I, personally, grew up playing baseball, basketball and football. However, throughout my life, I have gained an appreciation for athletics of all sorts. I guess the bottom line is that I honestly consider myself to have a lot of passions, ranging from sports, to books, to my original love: Sports.