As a math major at Hamilton College, Mark Kasdorf ’06 studied theorems and wrote plenty of proofs. He doesn’t crunch the hard numbers anymore, but he solves problems daily as CEO and founder of the iOS application development consulting firm Intrepid Pursuits. He was named Emerging Executive of the Year by the Mass Technology Leadership Council. In 2011, he launched Hamilton’s first business pitch competition to introduce entrepreneurship to students.
As for his learning curve, Kasdorff went straight from Hamilton into law school and about halfway through, he started his first company, Burning Hollow Technologies. The company ran out of money in 2010 and to generate enough cash flow to pay two software developers Kasdorf had hired, he started Intrepid Pursuits.
He majored in math because he loved math.
“I don’t live and breathe what I majored in,” Kasdorf says. “However, there’s no doubt in my mind that my Hamilton education was integral in preparing me to do all of the types of things I do today…Hamilton prepared me in so much as it taught me to think.”