Lord of the Flies

by William Golding

The Hired Girl

Laura Amy Schlitz

Weebly CEO David Rusenko: Penn State tech titan

Weebly CEO David Rusenko: Penn State tech titan

Weebly's logo, featuring the company name, "weebly," and the company slogan, "surprisingly easy"That gauzy publicity photo is pure Silicon Valley.  There they are, Weebly's co-founders, three college buddies with a clever idea and the right venture capital connections: They turned their dream, to help anybody build a website, into a company that has helped more than 15 million people build websites since its founding in 2006.

Today, Weebly.com attracts more than 100 million visitors each month.

Yes, a classic Silicon Valley success story. The only thing that's not quite so "Silicon Valley," is the thing you can't see. The place where these three college buddies went to college.

Not Harvard, not Stanford. Not MIT.

Forbes 30 under 30 Colleges they don't talk about

Forbes "30 under 30": The colleges they don't talk about. See the full list here.

They went to The Pennsylvania State University, aka Penn State. Weebly CEO David Rusenko  graduated from Penn State with a degree in computer science. (Rusenko sits in the middle of that photo, flanked by Penn State compatriots and co-founders Dan Veltri and Chris Fanini. Here's a link to Rusenko's blog--built and hosted, fittingly, on Weebly's platform.) More recently, Rusenko was selected as one of Forbes magazine's "30 under 30" honorees in its "Tech" category. (Be sure to check out these two other Forbes "30 under 30" honorees who spoke with 60sR about their college experiences, Parisa Tabriz and Isaac Kinde.)  60second Recap asked David about his path to Penn State's campus in State College, PA.

60sR: How did you decide to go to Penn State?

David Rusenko: I considered going to Carnegie Mellon and Princeton. I was rejected from Princeton but got into CMU. I decided to go to Penn State after realizing that you can be book smart, but a social education would likely be just as valuable as a book education.

60sR: If you could do it all over again, would you make the same choice?

Penn State Quarterback Matthew McGloin calls the play at the line in a game against Temple U. Richard Paul Kane/Shutterstock

Penn State has a football team, too.

David Rusenko: Yes, absolutely. I met both of my Weebly co-founders at Penn State, and I feel like I became a much more fun, interesting, relatable person because of my experience there.

60sR: What would you say to a high school senior who’s about to send out 20 college applications?

David Rusenko: Make sure you understand the amount of debt you are taking on and make sure you are choosing a career path that will allow you to pay it off in 10 years. You don't want to be paying off your student loan debt for the rest of your life.

60sR: If someone were to ask you what the coolest thing was about your work, what would you tell him or her?

David Rusenko: I enjoy going to work every day. I love what I do and working is more fun for me than watching TV or playing video games. Try to find something you love and you'll never work a day in your life.

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