Zak joined Ei with the hope of applying his background in business to create meaningful solutions. This hope found its application under the tutelage of serial entrepreneur and Ei connector Phil Tadros, as he gave Zak the opportunity to help launch Aquanaut Brewing Company in Chicago. For term two, he travelled to join a product design startup in San Francisco called Fellow where he witnessed the challenges faced during the manufacturing process. Then, for his third and final term, he racked up flight miles by traveling to Hong Kong to work with Cocoon, gaining insights into one of the most essential processes of any startup: funding. The year taught him that building things that matter is all about strong teams, great products, key resources and, all the while, an unwavering belief in what you’re building.