The Making of Skout CFO Portia Kersten


Growing up in poverty can mean a lot of things but inspiration is, perhaps, pushing it too far. Well, it did just that for Portia Kersten. Too poor to have a television set, the only objects of entertainment for her were books. She immersed herself in the worlds of Charles Dickens and Shakespeare, identifying with the characters whose conditions made it impossible to overcome the odds against them but still won the battle at the end of it all. Currently the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at Skout, she schooled at Columbia University where she earned her MBA.

A Load of Experience

Before joining Skout, Kersten worked with various companies both small and large. She has been actively involved in organizing funding and ensuring maximum growth for startups and high-potential companies in different sectors. While realizing the distinctiveness of challenges associated with different young companies, Kersten’s experience enables her to easily pick out the similarities too. They include the tough task of coming up with a new product and looking for a new market. Maintaining the gains you have made in market establishment and penetration is not easy either.

Mentoring Young Women

While she used some mentorship from Parenting Magazine founder, Robin Wolaner, Kersten is passionate about mentoring young women just beginning their careers. For young professional women who would like to rise as high as her, the secret word is patience. In addition, confidence and versatility cannot be overlooked. Since friends and colleagues greatly influence ones success or failure, Kersten’s advice is to choose your friends carefully and turn colleagues who show their confidence in you to friends.

Working with Talent

Working in one of the largest platform for connecting new friends must be exciting enough. However, Kersten picks out the outstanding talent of the staff at Skout as one of the reasons she enjoys her job. In addition, she has had the opportunity to work with Andreessen Horowitz who also one of the Skout’s investors.

The Skout Community of Friends

Skout is one of the best social network platforms for making new friends and chat with them as well as send pictures to each other. To join the community, all you need is an email address or a Facebook account. While you are signed up, add as much basic information on your profile as possible about yourself.

Remember, the information you put on your profile will determine the kind of friends on display since Skout customization filters out people who don’t match your preferences. On the main screen, you’ll be able to view people who are logged in at the same time as you.

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