Kimbal and Entrepreneurship
Kimball grew up in a highly ambitious household, with his entrepreneur brother Elon, producer-director sister Tosca, and his accomplished parents. After finishing high school in Pretoria, South Africa, he enrolled in Commerce at Queen’s University. Following University and College Pro, he and his brother co-founded Zip2 Corporation – an online city guide that provided content for online newspapers. It was sold in 1999 to Compaq for $307 million! He continued to invest in startup technology companies, including his brother’s venture, which is now known as PayPal, which was acquired in 2002 for a quaint $1.5 billion. Kimbal is a board member of a few significant companies, SpaceX and Tesla Motors, based on his interests in space exploration and automobile innovation. Kimbal founded and owns two companies; The Kitchen, and The Kitchen Community. He is passionate about food and the community, and together the two companies provide superior food and service in the form of a neighbourhood bistro and non-profit family of restaurants providing for kids in schools and teaching them about the importance of growing your own healthy food. In 2012, Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel handed the Kitchen Community $1 million to install 80 gardens in Chicago city schools. It currently has 8 locations and is extremely successful – not surprising, given Kimbal’s past.
“COLLEGE PRO TEACHES YOU UNBELIEVABLE SKILLS, FROM HIRING TO FIRING, TO DEALING WITH THE STRESS OF A SMALL BUSINESS. YOU LEARN IT ALL IN ONE SUMMER.”
Entrepreneurship in 140 Characters
“Make sure you love what you’re doing. Being an entrepreneur is awesome, but it is also hard. If you love it, you’ll never work a day in your life.”