Monica Lewinksy and that blue dress. The disappointing Seinfeld finale. John Glenn's triumphant return to space. Saving Private Ryan. The Spice Girls. The year was 1998. Away from the political and pop culture front and to the personal, it was a year in which some of you graduated, got married, had a baby or moved to a new city; it was also a year in which some of you wrecked your car, broke a leg and got drunk in front of 50 of your friends. But for some of you out there, it was a banner year in another way, a year with a milestone that no entrepreneur forgets: You graduated from school and started your own business. It's been two years. How have you been? Was all that schooling worth it? We spoke to four entrepreneurial alumni from the class of '98 who've gone on to start their own companies, and we asked them the question burning in everybody's mind: Who was your favorite Spice Girl?
OK. No, we didn't.
Geoff Williams, Indiana University '92, is a frequent contributor to Business Start-Ups. With the exception of writing a portion of a cheesy infomercial several years ago, he's never used his screenwriting degree in the real world.
Geoff Williams has written for numerous publications, including Entrepreneur, Consumer Reports, LIFE and Entertainment Weekly. He also is the author of Living Well with Bad Credit.