Blue Chippers, a new content series focusing on students who have caught our attention.
How do you get the attention of billionaire Mavericks owner and entrepreneur Mark Cuban? Invent something awesome. That is exactly what our next blue chipper Dishank Patel did. The Summer Startup Academy student, startup founder, and a high school student (no, that’s not a typo) falls under three of the four startup personas (though some would argue all four) – Dishank is a coder, business lead, and designer for his company Physkey. Here is some awesomeness Dishank has created. Below is a Q&A with the young entrepreneur.
What is your first and last name?
What startup are you working for this summer?
What is Physkey?
It’s a startup that involves uniquely identifying different pieces of hardware. And using that and creating an interface to different applications. So you can use it for locking computers, DRM technologies, making sure a file never leaves a computer, decrypt it, only works on that computer, etc.
If you can have any mentor in the world, who would that be and why?
Mark Cuban. He’s an awesome hustler. His story is really appealing to me. He started out from a lot less and grew it out to a point where he is right now. And I think the journey that he had gives a lot of value more than anything else.
Is he one of your investors?
What are three websites you like to go to on a regular basis?
Hacker News, Reddit and, there’s gotta be one more, GMail.
Why? Why those three sites?
Hacker News and Reddit are beautiful sources of information to get around the world and stuff happening. GMail is just a good way to communicate.
Alright. What’s the one thing missing from your high school experience? Since you’re in high school.
More of a startup oriented experience. Nobody taught me about business or anything it was just more of technology, science, and math.
What was your favorite cartoon growing up?
Why that one?
It required strategy and my friends played it. Peer pressure.
What are your three favorite apps?
There is Sublime, Visual Studio, and Pandora or Spotify.
Why those apps?
Pandora or Spotify are good time wasters. Sublime is a awesome text editor. And Visual Studio is an awesome debugger.
What’s the biggest thing you’ve gotten out of Summer Startup Academy?
Learning how to connect to people and be able to manage my time.
To thank Dishank for his time, we’ve created this infographic summarizing his answers. Enjoy.