Meet the newest additions to the Harbor team!

Raghav Badiger

What's your job title?

Director of Partnerships ( I wish I had something like Jackie's - TOW GID - but I am not that creative)

Describe a "typical" day on the job.

Developing programs that benefit the companies at Harbor and our startup community, and building relationships with individuals (and organizations) who will drive these programs. Interacting with entrepreneurs and startups to understand how we can help them start or grow. Mostly I just dream of a startup utopia in a beautiful Charleston setting.

Tell us a little bit about your background.

I love startups (the notion of it) Incidentally... I grew up and lived so far in some of the startup hotbeds of the world (Bangalore -> London -> Boston -> San Francisco/Los Angeles). Software developer turned entrepreneur with 2 successful exits and a lot of mistakes otherwise. Computer Science & Engineering undergrad with MBA. Started selling custom PCs in my undergrad to all my fellow schoolmates. Built the rudimentary version of 'Siri'-like program in 2001 as my senior project, which got me to University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign to present at their Symposium.

Describe yourself in three words.

Happy. Hustler. Globetrotter. Nonconformist (See what I did there? ;-) )

Why are you passionate about entrepreneurship? 

Building something new from scratch and doing so with a team of talented people - A lot of life lessons when you do that successfully. Plus, some of the great modern day communities and countries are built on entrepreneurship. 

Favorite Charleston hangout/restaurant

Butcher & Bee, Chez Nous. Still exploring the town. New-ish here

Favorite Harbor initiative.

Propel 

How do you hope to personally help create a collision throughout the entrepreneur community?

I am building a tech startup with a national (and hopefully, global) presence myself - that helps me the entrepreneur's perspective in terms of what needs to be done or required for the community. I am strongly connected to Boston, Silicon Valley, and SC startup communities - I hope to connect the players from all these, as needed, to elevate the visibility of Charleston startups.

Dave Traylor

What's your job title?

Chief Mover & Doer

Describe a "typical" day on the job.

There really is no "typical" day which is the really fun part of the job since everyday is different and everyone wears multiple hats.  However, my main responsibilities include managing the day-to-day activities to ensure that all the sites are running effectively, responding to inquiries from current and prospective tenants, helping with the logistics for our various events, and representing the organization at different events around town.

Tell us a little bit about your background.

Prior to The Harbor, I finished the MBA program from the College of Charleston last summer which was a great experience and really got me connected into the local tech/marketing industry.  Before graduate school at CofC, I worked in the Charlotte sports industry for the Triple-AAA baseball team and the Hornets in the areas of marketing and community outreach.

Describe yourself in three words.

Creative Marketing Strategist, Energetic Brand Developer, Always Asking Questions.

Why are you passionate about entrepreneurship? 

The process of seeing a business grow from a start-up is really exciting to me.  I had the opportunity to intern for two local companies while in the MBA program and really liked that everyday was a new adventure as well as being part of the business/start-up company culture.  I also really enjoy reading about how entrepreneurship is affecting and changing different industries to make them more consumer friendly.

Favorite Charleston hangout/restaurant

Bay Street Biergarten 

Favorite Harbor initiative.

1 Million Cups 

How do you hope to personally help create a collision throughout the entrepreneur community?

My goal is to provide superior customer service and use more previous marketing experience so that The Harbor Center can attract more people in the local business community to take part in our initiatives and various events.  I also would like to use my network from College of Charleston MBA program to create more connections within the entrepreneur community.