Alumnus takes entrepreneurial spirit to the Web

June 29, 2011
By Chris Saunders

Sherard GriffinWhen other NC State students were preparing for their first job interviews after graduation in December 2003, Sherard Griffin ’03 didn’t have to look far. He planned to be his own boss.

After majoring in computer science and minoring in music, he was busy starting his first business. AvanGuard Solutions, a company of four, focused on mobile technology and consulting.

But Griffin had no one to guide him. And that lack of a mentor and AvanGuard’s failure have pushed the entrepreneur to start a new business. NoodleShare fully launched on the Internet last week.

“This came out of a struggle I had,” Griffin says. At AvanGuard he made rookie business mistakes like assembling a team of partners who only had technical know-how, but no marketing experience. “With this one, I just want to make sure people have a place to go.”

NoodleShare will house an online community in which people can present innovative ideas for businesses or products. “We want to start with the inception of the idea and let the community give you feedback on the idea and incubate it,” he says. Then, Griffin and his team will link those people with business partners who can turn the idea into a commodity. “It can be a grandmother who has thought of a new utensil. She can post her idea and look for someone to fund and develop it.”

Griffin and his partners will also hold meetings with local businesses to imbue a sense of entrepreneurship in the Triangle and to teach others from the mistakes that have taught him to revise his approach.

“Four technical people are not good at selling products,” Griffin says. “This time we did the opposite. We have one technical person, and everyone else is in marketing strategy.”


5 Responses to “Alumnus takes entrepreneurial spirit to the Web”

  1. Sidney says:

    Excellent. I can’t wait to join!

  2. WolfIntheHouse says:

    I stumbled onto this the other day. This is great! I can’t count the number of times I have had a great idea for a business and not act on it because I don’t know the logistics of starting a business. What makes this even better is I learned from NoodleShare that if my ideas take off I would keep 100% share in the company. This is not a Billy Mays exploitation. lol

  3. Jan says:

    Interesting concept. I like the “teaching from experience” attitude. It’s always helpful when someone else advises you the mistakes they’ve made so you don’t make the same ones.

  4. Jason says:

    This a great story with great idea. Made me wish I thought of it. I’m going to so I work on being my own boss.

  5. DJ says:

    Makes perfect sense. Its difficult to find that one professional you need to help complete a team. Not only can you search for the but they can find you as well. Great idea.

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