“Team@expii” is a weekly blog series to help our followers get to know us here at Expii.
Meet Zach Nelkin!
Zach heads up Business Development here at Expii, and has been with us since February of this year. Get to know him in his interview below.
Where are you from?
I grew up in Pittsburgh. It was a dynamic city, with rich culture, and perhaps most importantly, had a public school system with great diversity that really shaped my outlook on the world. In addition, the tight networks and innate friendliness of the city made me into the outgoing, empathetic, people person that I am. I consider myself very lucky to grow up where I did.
What are your personal interests/hobbies?
Learning. Fitness. Eating. Eating more. Still eating. And Photography. (View some of his work at @zach.nelkin on Instagram)
How did you get into photography?
Growing up my Dad was big into photography, and was absolutely in love with nature. Being my hero, I naturally picked up both from him. I love seeing something beautiful and being able to capture it, and keep it forever. There’s something magical about that to me… If you can truly capture a moment, and not just a visual, it almost feels like you’ve uncovered a tiny little piece of the great mystery of time travel.
What’s a unique fact about you?
Well I can’t fit on airplanes. At 6’5” my legs don’t exactly fit into the sardine cans that we as a society have the audacity to call human seating. So I always have to reserve the exit row. While I am more than happy to take on the great civic responsibility these seats bear, this bodily requirement of mine makes booking flights an intense game with extremely high stakes.
What’s something you’ve achieved?
I built a startup out of college that fights both food waste and family hunger, with one simple business model. In just our first year, we stopped 500,000 pounds of fresh, tasty fruits & vegetables from needlessly ending up in landfills, and donated 250,000 pounds of it to people in need, all while actually earning a profit. Using social entrepreneurship to eliminate those would-be methane emissions, and provide healthy nourishment for struggling families is something I’m very proud of.
What’s an Expii project you’ve worked on and are proud of?
I love establishing partnerships with passionate leaders and innovators throughout the region. Expii is developing something that touches virtually every piece of our communities and economies, which makes it extremely exciting to continuously identify and unlock synergy with various stakeholders across the spectrum.
What’s your favorite thing about Expii?
My favorite thing about Expii is how we use the knowledge of the world, to educate the world. Instead of relying on a single teacher, textbook, or video lecture, Expii leverages the dynamic and expansive knowledge of people all over, and organizes it in a way that makes it easy for anyone to learn anything. I believe Expii can fundamentally revolutionize the way the world learns, democratizing access to great education in the process.