Skout’s Chief Financial Officer, Portia Kersten, has worked with the international platform to help unite people. Throughout her career, Kersten has worked with emerging companies and established institutions in need of guidance as they sought expanded growth in their markets. In a recent interview with the Huffington Post, Kersten discussed what it took for her to get to the position she now enjoys in the startup world and where Skout is headed next.
Kersten began live in poverty. And though that presented a set of challenges and barriers she had to work past, she found stimulation in books, teaching her the importance of prioritizing things that matter. This work ethic has led her to work at companies like GE, where she learned to meet the challenges of business in a rapidly-evolving era. Such skills were easily transferable to her position at Skout.
Though highly capable on her own, Kersten has been quick to applaud her staff as essential in making Skout function as effectively as it has, managing the expected demands of running a company while also pleasing the many clients who use their service all over the world.
But Kersten’s personal success in business as a woman, she attributed to her adaptability to situations, which she urges all women seeking to enter a similar field to consider before doing so. Though the demands and expectations are high, Kersten suggests that anyone seeking success in business not shy away from applying their ideas when they seem sound regardless of the expected reaction they might receive. It’s that challenge of confidence fallback to reticence, Kersten says, is the biggest challenge women face in business.
Kersten is taking that intrepid attitude and applying it towards Skout’s future abroad. After launching their service in the Philippines and monitoring their use of the app during a medical crisis in the company. Kersten hopes to encourage similar applications of Skout in the future.
Skout is the largest app of its kind designed to unite more people interested in developing new relationships. By approaching social media through a unique avenue, Skout seeks to maintain the genuine nature of forming relationships though technology. This allows users to determine the kind of relationship they wish to develop with those in their area, and gives parents oversight of their teens’ utilization of the app as users are separated by age group.
Currently the Skout community is comprised of speakers in 14 different languages in more than 180 countries around the world.
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