On the Founding of Actifity

An excerpt from Startups in lean times by Katelyn Polantz, The Roanoke Times, 6/27/10:

A profound influence

Fred Cook, 24, has a master's degree from Virginia Tech in engineering mechanics, but he'd rather go into business.

Cook and Tech student Rishi Ishairzay built their business, Actifity, this spring after Cook's graduation. The site is a social network that tracks users' health and fitness. It will launch publicly at the end of the summer, Cook said.

Q: What made you want to start something on your own rather than find a company or firm to work for?

A: I've always had an inkling that I wanted to be an entrepreneur. Looking at the various things one can spend their life working on, it seemed to me the people who were most successful that I knew worked for themselves.

via www.roanoke.com

Please read the full story here.

Actifity was a VT KnowledgeWorks Entrepreneurship Summit Open Angel Forum finalist.  Actifity announced that it has partnered with DayOne Ventures.

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