Alumni Spotlight - Warren Bare
Business Administration (Finance) ('87)
Warren Bare was wired to be an entrepreneur from an early age. While at USF, he started a small software development and consulting company that eventually led to the creation of Headhunter.net, an online employment resource that sold to CareerBuilder in 2001 for a reported $200 million. In 2004, the College of Business named Bare its Young Entrepreneur of the Year.
A self-described computer geek, Bare had the luxury of retiring in his early 30's thanks to the sale of Headhunter.net, but the serial entrepreneur didn't stay retired long - the itch to develop new ideas was far too great. After a few years of retirement, Bare founded InJesus.com, an internet company that provided missions-based organizations with a more efficient way to communicate and receive donations. It too sold, and despite his intentions to retire yet again, he went on to develop his latest venture Jobkabob, Inc. a customized on-line job search engine that was powered by the science of "Employment DNA" (desires, needs, and abilities). Bare, who no longer runs Jobkabob, is now in the business of raising his family.
Bare, who graduated in 1987 with a finance degree from the College of Business, established the Warren and Larissa Bare Innovation Fund benefiting the College. Designed to provide unrestricted support for new and innovative programs at the business school, he hopes to see the fund grow significantly in the next few years in order to strengthen the College of Business and its programs. It has already been used to support several new initiatives such as the Elevator Competition, an event where students learn to sell themselves to hiring managers during an elevator ride, and the "25 Under 25" awards, a program that recognizes the most well-rounded undergraduate students under the age of 25 in the College of Business.