Clay Selby (’11), founder and CEO of SocialRest, visited campus yesterday as part of the Griggs Center’s Entrepreneur Speaker Series. SocialRest was founded in January 2014. The company analyzes social media content and provides relevant information to its customers immediately and makes them aware of what content and which influencers are making the most impact.
Selby spoke to 175 students at CEO Chapel about what it takes to be an entrepreneur. He shared his experience and the benefits and challenges of starting his own company. Selby emphasized that keeping God first in every company endeavor is the true key to his success, and has made a habit of reading scripture every morning. He also emphasized that the team dynamic of SocialRest has played a huge factor in their success.
“On our own, we may not be the most talented, knowledgeable, or experienced,” Selby said. “But put us together and it’s amazing what we can accomplish simply because we believe in what we do.”
Later in the day, Selby shared more details about his business and experience with members of the Griggs Center’s fellows program and an entrepreneurship class.
“Clay has a really interesting startup with a powerful idea. It was great to see his company as he’s in the process of tweaking his product. My favorite takeaway was Clay’s advice about not putting your family on the line for your startup. He clearly has his fundamentals and priorities in order.”
Selby’s interest in social analytics began by developing enterprise-level social media dashboards for companies. Before he started SocialRest, he worked at USAA in social media innovation. Clay graduated from ACU in 2011 with a degree in Information Technology and a concentration in entrepreneurship.
Click here to watch a video interview with Selby.