Joe Gomez

"At work, I am surrounded by individuals who have many years in the industry and best approaches from experience. At Starter School, everyone is able to create really interesting projects, and seeing what is built helps motivate me."

  • What Problem He's Solving: Making it easier to sell rims and tires for his family auto business.
  • First job: Dishwasher and busboy at Schoops Diner
  • Next bucket list item: Take family business to the next level
  • Joe in three words: Loyal, stubborn, misunderstood

See how Joe is improving his family business.

Why are you at Starter School?

To learn how to develop ideas and solve business problems.

Is there one experience that stands out for you at Starter School?

The kindness and respect students show at Starter School everyday. There is always someone ready to lend a helping hand.

What was the first day of Starter School like?

Thinking that I should probably get a Mac.

What makes Starter School different than other classes/schools you've been to?

TIME TIME TIME. You get out of it what you put into it.

What are you building right now?

I'm building a wheel website that will accept payments with Bitcoin. Building a website for wheels and tires being able to accept Bitcoin as payment seemed like a good way to mix my experience with wheels and taking advantage of being one of the first to offer wheels for Bitcoin. Since these items can go into the thousands, the current 3% processing fee stinks. If that money can be saved by the consumer then I'm hoping for more sales.

Who or what inspires you and why?

Work, family, and Starter School. At work, I am surrounded by individuals who have many years in the industry and best approaches from experience. At Starter School, everyone is able to create really interesting projects, and seeing what is built helps motivate me.

What's something you've done in your life that you're most proud of?

2005-2006 did a year overseas (Iraq).

What's one thing that you have been surprised by at Starter School?

Jack Mallers. Sometimes I think he's superhuman.

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Tuition

Tuition for Starter School is $12,000 per quarter, excluding housing, materials, and personal expenses. A refundable deposit of $3,000 will be required in order to confirm your acceptance. One week before the start of each quarter a payment of $12,000 must be made. For example, the Winter quarter begins on January 6, so a payment of $12,000 would be due no later than December 30.

Cost Breakdown
Fall quarter -$12,000
Winter quarter $12,000
Spring quarter $12,000
Total $24,000

Do you offer loans and scholarships?

Currenty we don't offer loans or financial aid. However, we are actively working with loan providers and the government to make Starter School more affordable. In the meantime, please reach out to us at support@starterschool.com so we can learn more about your situation.

How have other students financed their tuition?

Our students have creatively raised funds for Starter School in numberous ways. They've sourced online donations, secured company sponsorship, created friends and family loans, and even sold their cars. The students who have given up the most tend to get the most out of the program. They treat it like a serious, life-changing investment— which is exactly what it is.

A New Way to Pay For Starter School

We are excited to announce a partnership with Upstart, a platform that allows individuals to get financial investment to pursue their dream careers. This partnership allows current students and future Starter School students to raise funding for Starter School tuition.

Here are the requirements to qualify for Upstart:

  1. You must be a U.S. citizen, or permanent resident currently living in the US
  2. Be at least 18 years old;
  3. Have a valid e-mail account;
  4. Have a verifiable name, date of birth, and social security number
  5. Have graduated from a 4-year (bachelor's degree) accredited college in 1995 or later or be accepted by and soon to enroll in a 4-year accredited (bachelor's degree) college;
  6. Have an account at a U.S. financial institution with a routing transit number; and
  7. Meet our minimum credit requirements.