College of Arts & Science at Miami University
Steve Ressler (Class of 2002)
- President of govloop.com, Washington, D.C.
- Sociology and philosophy major
"I'm the founder and president of govloop.com, the largest online community for government employees. Our company has grown to 9 full-time staff, with an office (including a ping pong table) just 2 blocks from the White House. We've been featured in papers from The Washington Post to The Wall Street Journal. And we've been asked to speak on the power of the Internet by the prince of Sweden and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.
"To run an Internet company you need a technical degree, right? Not really. The key is to be able to learn quickly. Once I had the idea for gov.loop, I read books on successful Internet companies and online articles about business models and managing teams. I also tried to learn from successes and failures.
"Day-to-day, the general liberal arts skills apply: the ability to solve problems by reading and analyzing lots of data, and presenting and testing hypotheses along the way. It's what I did as a sociology and philosophy major.
"Here's what really matters:
- Do great work
- Be a life-long learner
- Pick up new skills
- Learn how to work with people
- Be flexible
- Don't sell yourself short. Sell yourself."