The 35U began with a vision to inspire the leaders of tomorrow by telling them about the leaders of today. With millions of people involved in government, education, business and community service across the country, it sometimes may be hard for the 35U to connect to leaders individually simply due to an age barrier. The 35U to us is any young adult from the ages of 18-35 in this country. These individuals have a voice – they can vote, serve, and most importantly, they can make a difference for future generations.
Today’s Q&A feature is Zachary Weiner, Co-Founder and President of Overtime. Overtime is an app that is designed to let people easily capture and edit footage from sports games and export the highlights around the internet. Zachary earned his bachelor degrees in Economics and Mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania. In September 2012, during his junior year of college, Weiner founded The Sports Quotient, a digital media startup for sports. As the CEO, he emphasized on analytical content to provide more intellectual conversations about sports. In 2018, Forbes Magazine featured Zachary on the 30 under 30 in sports list.
We caught up with Zachary to find out what leadership means to him and what advice he would give to the next generation of leaders.
Why did you choose this career path?
I love sports, I love media, and I love making things for a young audience. I honestly feel like I’m living my dream. The fact that I get to work with some of the absolute best people I know makes it that much better.
Who inspired you to get involved?
We were inspired to start Overtime because we felt there was a real need for a sports network for the next generation of fans. Their consumption patterns make it clear the status quo of sports media leaves something to be desired for them.
How do you define a leader?
I think a good leader has to be able to understand what motivates different people. There is no one formula for leadership– it’s not a one-way street, it depends who you are trying to lead.
What projects are you currently involved with in the community that engages the next generation of leaders?
Overtime itself is all about engaging the youth, and in particular the next generation of superstar athletes, that already do wield a lot of influence.
What advice would you give to the next generation of leaders who want to get involved?
Be passionate, work hard, and be true to yourself.