Vuturo's job quest: Testing a start-up
As the U.S. and the Tampa Bay area's unemployment rates continue to rise, Tampa's Matthew Vuturo is still looking for a job. But now he's taking a more entrepreneurial tack. Vuturo's name should be familiar to those reading this blog, or to those reading the Wall Street Journal's "Laid Off and Looking" blog. Vuturo is one of eight eight people with MBA's chronicled on occasion on the Journal blog as "they search for jobs in a post-meltdown world." I'm keeping up with his own postings here because he's a local guy and some of his experiences of looking for work may prove helpful to others.
Vuturo worked as a strategic planning manager at Tampa's VR Mergers & Acquisitions, a firm for mid-market companies, before losing his position in January 2008. This is our third posting about Vuturo with the first one on Dec. 8 (here it is) introducing his plight and the second one on Dec. 18 (here it is) noting his frustration of trying to attract management's attention at a part-time gig at FedEx. (Picture shows Vuturo, 27, as depicted on the Journal blog.)
The latest posting here (Journal subscription required) from Vuturo is about starting his own business. "Like many other M.B.A.s," he writes, "a good friend from school and I would often inadvertently conjure up ideas over late night beers."
Their Web site, FloridaLacrosse.com, is an online vendor of lacrosse equipment and apparel. Now they are looking at a possible online spin-off Vuturo calls "Blind Bid Sports." It's an eBay-styled idea for purchasing team equipment, uniforms or anything in bulk. He says they are even exploring funding options, but his goal remains: find a full-time job and keep working on this online concept on the side. Writes Vuturo:
"One thing I’ve certainly learned is that great ideas really do need to start somewhere. If I don’t pull the trigger and take some fliers based on nothing but faith in my own ability, great dreams won’t ever be realized. Safe to say, I would never have voluntarily chosen this unenviable state of being unemployed. However here I am, and I might as well make the most of it."
Being in his late 20's helps, as some of those commenting on his posting on the Journal blog note.
-- Robert Trigaux, Times Business Columnist