The last lecture of the start-up Lounge Program hosted by the Foundation Education Innovation Center (창업교육혁신센터) was held through Zoom on May 27 at 12 p.m. Through this program, the students of CUK were provided tips by founders who graduated from CUK.
The lecturer of the day was Roh Tae-jun, a graduate of CUK in business administration in 2010. He was the founder of Everybody’s Campus (모두의 캠퍼스) from 2015 to 2019, a community service through which college students can share learning materials. Now, he is a leader of delivery team of Karrot (당근마켓). He told us everything about his experience as the founder of Everybody’s Campus and his moving to the Karrot.
The Everybody’s Campus, which was his first challenge to create a start-up, was run for four years, but gradually recorded a deficit and had to be shut down. However, his passion for start-ups did not stop there. He was close to a Karrot representative at the time. Hence, he joined Karrot in 2019, thinking that there would be more to learn from the expertise of the representative.
Karrot, when he joined, was not as popular as it is now. At that time, Karrot came close to giving up because it was difficult to increase weekly users. However, they continuously pondered how to make the company successful with team members. Eventually, they overcame this crisis to become the Karrot of today by succeeding in regional digital marketing through Facebook.
He said it was important to endure hardship and frustration. Also, he said he had more to learn and develop due to the tough times he had. He advised, “Although you fail, the failure is not a flaw in your career, and if things go well, there will be a lot of benefit, so try what you want to do first.”