Heard on Campus: David Rusenko of Weebly at IST's Start-up Week

“This wasn’t glamorous; this wasn’t Hollywood. The first time we saw four people logged in was a huge moment for us because when we saw only three, we knew it was just the three of us sitting around at our desks. Twenty months after starting on Weebly, traction started to grow. The moral of the story is to stick around. It took three years to get us to this point – it doesn’t just happen overnight.”

--David Rusenko, a 2007 graduate of Penn State's College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), who is the CEO and co-founder of Weebly, a tech start-up based out of San Francisco. Rusenko spoke at the University Park campus April 12 during IST's Start-up Week, a week-long celebration showcasing talented young entrepreneurs from around the country, including several Penn State alumni. More than 10 million people have created a website with Weebly, and 12 percent of the U.S. population visits a Weebly website every month. Rusenko was named to Forbes’ “30 under 30” list in 2011, and is the youngest recipient of the prestigious Penn State Alumni Achievement Award. To learn more about Start-up Week, visit http://ist.psu.edu/startup.

Recorded sessions from Start-up Week can be viewed on IST's UStream channel at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/ist-startup-week online.

Last Updated April 24, 2012