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Build It Like Beckham

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By Michael W. Sasser

It took launching two successful businesses – one of which has revolutionized the online world of entertainment shopping and garnered national acclaim as both concept and workplace – but finally, Matt Beckham feels like an entrepreneur. “That mindset has developed over time,” says Beckham, 31, founder and CEO of Oklahoma City-based QuiBids. “I never really said to myself that I’m going to be an entrepreneur. It’s not what I thought I was going to do. But when an opportunity presented itself, it seemed logical.” Beckham says the entrepreneurial pathway was not something he necessarily learned from his parents. His father’s work, psychology; his mother’s, social work. “There was never that kind of family interest,” Beckham says. “In the family, there was no one to really turn to for advice in what I was doing.” But as a youngster, a budding capitalist might have taken shape. When he was 13 years old, Beckham says he enjoyed playing with graphics editing programs, which then extended to building web pages. “The intent wasn’t to make money – when I was 13, there wasn’t

much to the internet,” Beckham says. Still, “I was kind of doing web development for clients at 15 years old,” he adds. Beckham earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration with honors from the University of Oklahoma and then spent several years working as an online marketer and media buyer. Beckham, though, says he learned a lot from that early work experience, which he described as being similar to a start-up. It wasn’t long before he launched his own small business, and thus came the next step in his evolution towards entrepreneurialism. “I felt it was something I could do myself, so I started the company, and it worked,” he says. Still, it was with the 2009 launch of QuiBids and the tremendous success it has enjoyed subsequently that Beckham says really drove his entrepreneurial mindset. “Confidence from success with two businesses was definitely part of the evolution,” he adds. For the uninitiated, QuiBids (www.quibids.com) is a web-based entertainment shopping destination with an emphasis on “entertain-

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OKLAHOMA MAGAZINE | DECEMBER 2013

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