Daryl Crockett ’82: Master business basics, be a problem solver
“I’m an idea factory,” says Daryl Crockett ’82. “Everything is interesting to me.”
Since graduating from Bryant, Crockett has amassed extensive consulting experience in the bio-tech, high-tech, software, real estate, and media industries. In 1998, she was appointed CFO for the public company SpaceTec, and then managed the IPO preparation for the medi-tech software company NuGenesis (later acquired by Waters). She also has run a chain of health clubs and holds patents for a line of children’s footwear.
Last year, Crockett won the Bryant New Venture Competition with a business plan for her data migration and validation software company, Validus. The firm has offices in Cambridge, MA, and Clearwater, FL, and just released its first of 10 software modules. The company is on track to generate $1 million plus in sales this year.
While keeping up to date with current trends is critical, Crockett says entrepreneurs must be rooted in the basics of business—a foundation she developed at Bryant. “Investors like shiny things,” she says, “but you need to be able to read a profit and loss statement and be a problem solver.”