The next episode in “The Commute to Class” podcast series features a conversation between LaunchPad Global Fellow, Jack Lyons ’22 (Martin J. Whitman School of Management and S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications), and Dylan Gans ’18, a LaunchPad alum who parlayed his student entrepreneurship skills into an innovation career as lead for growth and marketing at Good Uncle
Lyons sat down this week with Gans to chat about intrapreneurship, why he joined Good Uncle after a “traditional” finance internship, and how the definition of “success” changes as you age.
Gans is leading Good Uncle as the company doubles the size of its business every few months. He joined Good Uncle as a Syracuse University student majoring in finance in the Whitman School of Management and became one of Good Uncle’s first hires when it originally launched in the Syracuse market. He quickly grew with the company, scaling it to a larger university network as it was recently acquired by Aramark.
As a student, he was one of the original members of the LaunchPad, helping bring the Dorm Room Fund (DRF) to campus and serving as its first Syracuse University DRF Campus Organization Network partner. He also co-founded VISION, a student entrepreneurship group.
In addition to working full time at Good Uncle, he is a board advisor / named CEO successor to a $17 million Alzheimer’s non-profit and is a strategic advisor to TowerHunt.
Gans is a LaunchPad Alumni Entrepreneur in Residence and continues to “pay it forward” as a mentor to many current LaunchPad student founders.
His passion is bringing people and resources together to improve communities. Gans is interested in how tech can make people’s lives better, specifically through E-commerce, smart cities, real estate tech, the future of work, AI, AR, food tech, fintech, and the Internet of Things (IoT). He loves meeting fellow entrepreneurs, builders, operators and investors, and is accessible for conversations and coaching. His strengths include go-to-market strategy, communication, marketing automation, data analytics, research, and getting stuff done.
The entire “Commute to Class” podcast series is available on https://anchor.fm/blackstone-launchpad, Apple, or wherever podcasts are distributed.