Host Company: Relevance
Current Company: Haven Technologies, Condiment Connection
Eric Murphy graduated from Indiana University-Bloomington’s Kelley School of Business with degrees in Marketing and Entrepreneurship/Corporate Innovation in 2013 and accepted a position in Orr Fellowship with Relevance, a digital marketing firm in Indianapolis. He said that upon entering the Fellowship, he was presented with a “buffet of opportunities for personal and professional development.” Today, Eric is working for two start-ups simultaneously, one of which was founded by his father, and the other of which he founded himself. The first, Haven Technologies, manufactures and markets electronic products that enhance personal safety. The second, Condiment Connection, is one that Eric founded while still in the Fellowship and considers to be an exciting supplement to his work at Haven. Condiment Connection partners with manufacturers all over the country to market and sell famous local condiments via eCommerce.
Eric touts the Fellowship as a strong source of his entrepreneurial development and says that Orr Fellowship “puts entrepreneurship in Fellows’ minds and provides a framework for development down an entrepreneurial career path. It molds you to think more like an entrepreneur, while putting you into contact with people who have been there before.” He maintains that the social and professional connections he made as a Fellow have continued to enrich his life, and that while in the Fellowship there was no shortage of people to whom to turn for advice. He says, “the more people you know, the better off you are, and in the Fellowship I always knew that I had an expansive network of friends and professionals to go to with any questions and for any sort of guidance.”
When asked to define success, Eric notes that people traditionally correlate it with tangible figures, such as growth rates and dollars. But for him, success is the ability to wake up every day and go to work pursuing his own dreams rather than the dreams of someone else. He says he feels successful because he is “fulfilled, learning and growing every day,” as a result of working for himself. “Wealth and financial growth are merely trailing indicators of success.”