The Durkin Story
Here’s my deal:
The Durkin Organization
25 years ago I started The Durkin Organization. I became the first businessman in history to begin my first business seconds after leaving the womb. I’m 25 years old today. And I’m building the greatest organization the world has ever seen. It’s a family company, with a family name. But we don’t limit ourselves to just family. Someday I’ll explain.
VP Operations of Dailybreak
I am currently the VP Operations of Dailybreak, Inc. We jumpstart consumer engagements for brands and give away a ton of free stuff to students. Our company was founded in the dorms of UMass Amherst. We have received $8.5 MM in funding from Highland Capital Partners, Charles River Ventures, and GSVC. We have a kick-ass team of 30+ young, badass, motivated monsters in the city of Boston. And we have a great Board of Directors and Advisors. This team could not be where it’s at without the addition of every team member past and present, and I believes this to my very core. There is nothing more important in business than a rock solid team. Check us out at www.dailybreak.com
Massachusetts Soldiers Legacy Fund
On weekends, I have the pleasure of fulfilling my duties as the Executive Director to the Massachusetts Soldiers Legacy Fund (MSLF). The Fund was founded in 2004 at UMass Amherst by Peter Trovato… with a simple goal: to provide educational assistance grants to the children of Massachusetts Servicemembers who were killed while deployed on Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom. We’re proud to report that our Fund is accomplishing its founding objective thanks to the support of individuals and organizations throughout the United States. As the brother of a United States Marine himself, I am extremely proud to be working with this organization. My team of two currently manages over $4.0 Million in contributions and pledges, and serves over 75 children from 45 families throughout the state of Massachusetts. Check us out at www.mslfund.org
Sharetact helps professionals throughout the city of Boston connect with one another. Our goal is to help each person build a lifelong connection of colleagues, contacts, mentors, and friends through technology and a core foundation of the power of generosity. The “simplest, smartest networking tool on the web” will be used by every single entrepreneur, VC, angel investor, educator, philanthropist, non-profit, politician, doctor, lawyer, and family in the Commonwealth… and then the world. It was started by Ryan, Mike Miklavic, and Brad Durkin.
UMass Amherst Alum
I graduated from UMass Amherst in 2008, as a Summa Cum Laude Commonwealth Honors College scholar with a BBA in Finance and Management. I write all that to try to convey to you that I’m not stupid. But I’ll let you be the judge of that. I grew in Andover, MA, attended public school and was recruited to run for the D-1 UMass Track and Field and Cross Country programs. While in college, I ran a 4:14 mile and was named Captain of all three athletic teams as a junior and senior. Upon graduating, I received the three highest honors the University awards to graduating seniors, including the UMass 21st Century Leadership Award, Senior Leadership Award, and Isenberg Senior Leadership Award, along with 11 other scholarships. I’m proud to say that I graduated from UMass with more scholarships than any other student in the history of UMass public education, and paid for my entire college education through scholarship. It remains one of my proudest accomplishments.
My brother, Brad Durkin, and my sister, Lindsey Durkin are awesome. My mom uses Facebook more than I do, which I actually dig because I know it makes her real happy. My step-dad Dave has been running his own business for over 20 years. And my dad, Walter Durkin gave me the greatest last name in the history of the world before he passed away from cancer when I was five. I’ve got a great family, and they make me really proud.
I’m looking for a few good men and women to run the city of Boston. I’d be happy if you joined me.