C4K Alum Spotlight: Keoni Murray

Keeping up with members beyond their time at the Clubhouse is a must. We are driven on exploration and ensuring members have the resources, materials, and memorable time with mentors to figure out their spark that leads them to their brighter futures. This time we got the opportunity to catch up with C4K Alum, Keoni Murray. Read on for his amazing story!

Keoni Murray, C4K Alum
  1. When did you join C4K? When did you graduate from C4K? I joined C4K at the beginning of 2017, during my senior year, and remained in the program for about a year. In August 2018 right before college, I left the program.
  2. What’s a favorite memory during your time at C4K?  I actually have two favorite memories, both of them were field trips. One would be going to Capital One which was pretty cool and I met a lot of cool interesting people there. The other was box seats at a UVA basketball game. C4K managed to get tickets for a UVA basketball game and we were all able to sit in the box seats and they gave us so much free stuff, lots of free food, a bunch of free shirts, and things like that.
  3. Favorite project @ C4K? I did four but the one that I’d say my best one was a prototype for an app called MUVE, which was an app that would help college students find roommates. It was like a roommate recommendation app based on your likes and interests. It was my favorite project in the context of C4K, but I’d also rate it as my worst project compared to where I am now. Thinking back to it [MUVE app], that project set the path for a bunch of other stuff I would end up working on later on so it was a foundational project, but still looking back I realized I made so many mistakes. 
  4. How has mentoring impacted your life? (How has mentoring at C4K impacted your life?) Mentoring helped me a lot. As I think back and see where I am now, it was a foundational moment. When I first came to C4K, my background was in design and visual design of applications and websites. The mentor I was paired with had a background in mathematics and data science. I didn’t know a lot about that and he kinda influenced me to study and research it more and learn the math behind it, which gave me the idea for my app, MUVE, which was a very data science heavy app despite me not knowing how to the math at the time.

From there and when I went to college, I started basically figuring out exactly what I wanted to focus on. That same influence and same foundation from our conversation and previous work that we had influenced the path that I chose, which is very data-driven. It[mentoring] set the foundation of where I pivoted to now.

  1. Since graduating, what has been your career path? When I left, I went to a school that was partnering with a university that specialized in entrepreneurship, computer science, and building products. Throughout my time there I started working on a bunch of products data science related. The same way I was trying to build the app to recommend roommates, I ended up partnering with my roommate to build an app to recommend Anime. They were built off of the same thing; likes and interests and previously watched but this time it’s a little more advanced because it’s based off on the same recommendation feature used at Amazon.

From there I transitioned into doing internships mostly in advertising and media in the media space. One of the places was Fullscreen, an influencer management company that manages a lot of the YouTube influencers like Mr. Beast, Logan Paul, and a few other ones, but from that experience I landed in consulting because of my role there was data science and data engineering. I was building out a tool to predict which influencers would become mainstream for their talent teams so they could get signed before they blew up.

From there I’ve been doing a lot of consulting for different startups, leveraging the insight I’ve gained from past work-from MUVE, my anime app, and from my internship experience-and that landed me where I am today in consulting while building products and working on my own stuff.

Last remarks about C4K!

C4K is a phenomenal space especially if you like doing a lot of stuff and learning a lot of stuff. There’s so much you can do there and so many people to connect with. If you have the opportunity to be a part of the program, do everything that’s there. Don’t get locked into one thing, explore different things.

Advice to members in the program!

  • Pick the hardest thing that you can work on, and work on that. It usually works out one way or another.
  • Leverage