What lengths will an entrepreneur go to in order to get his start-up off the ground? As anyone who is embarking on a new business venture knows, money is tight, and if someone believes that they have a successful idea, they may resort to extreme measures in order to make that idea work. Eric Simons is an entrepreneur that has shown he is willing to do whatever it takes.
Simons, now 20, had been part of an incubator program that focused on education, called Imagine K12, which took place at AOL’s campus in Palo Alto, Calif. According to CNet, he worked tirelessly on his start up, ClassConnect, which develops tools for teachers to build and discover lesson plans. He was part of an official incubator program for four months, but once that ended, he decided to stay to continue working on the project.
Because AOL never deactivated his security badge, he spent the next two months working 12 to 16 hours a day at the AOL offices, sleeping on couches, and using the gym facilities to workout and shower. Free food from the cafeteria meant he rarely left the building, all the while evading security.