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Justin Beck ’09 and Forrest Woolworth ’09
March 1, 2013
2013 Forward under 40 Award Honoree
In their own words
What do you miss most about campus?
The buzz around campus and all of the student organizations. Everyone is so excited and doing so many interesting things. Also it was very cool to have a constant inflow of new, passionate, talented friends to get to know.
What was your favorite class?
I had a few favorite classes. I took a few psychology classes, including criminal mindset psych, which completely changes your viewpoint on how we treat criminals. From a more engineering viewpoint, ECE 552 — the processor class — was a lot of work but was a blast.
What advice would you offer graduating seniors?
The first company you work for will impact the rest of your life. What you do from the age of 20 to 26 will form most of your career trajectory and shape your mind the most. Invest your time and efforts wisely.
Who is your hero? Who or what inspires you?
Steve Jobs. The most inspiring thing about him was his ability to have a vision for his product and its intersection with a market. He had an ability to completely focus to deliver amazing products and corporate results.
What occupies your free time?
Flying! I just finished my private pilot’s license. Last year, I purchased a trike, which is an ultralight aircraft. This upcoming year, I will be exploring kiteboarding.
What is the one thing every UW student must do?
Join Hoofers. I was a ski and snowboard member each year and did sailing for a summer. I went on a number of memorable ski trips, including Jackson Hole and Mt. Bohemia. The trips are always full of a great group of people who are out to have a great time. It’s a good way to meet other students from all across campus you otherwise wouldn’t meet, and overall have a seriously fun time, too.
What is the greatest benefit of a UW degree?
Without a doubt, the biggest benefit is the people you’ll meet at the UW. It’s where I met my wife, the founding team of PerBlue and the initial group that started Capital Entrepreneurs. You’re surrounded by really smart and interesting people, and it’s an experience that happens at no other point in your life.
What do you do in your free time?
I really enjoy good food and good beer. I love to cook — whether it’s a nice meal with my wife or cooking with a bunch of friends, it’s always a fun time and delicious. I also homebrew.
What was your first job?
I started mowing our lawn when I was younger, and by the time I graduated from high school, I was mowing the lawns for almost everyone in the neighborhood. I ended up building a mini lawn-mowing empire.
What’s your guilty pleasure?
Deep-fried cheese curds. If they’re on the menu somewhere, I’ll most likely have to order them. You can’t beat some late-night cheese curds from the Tornado Room in Madison.