The Life Of A 22-Year-Old Startup CEO, In Pictures

Fetchnotes Alex Schiff Slideshow

Alex Schiff, 22, founded Fetchnotes — a note-taking app that uses hashtags as an organizational tool — while still in school at the University of Michigan.

With 70,000 users, Schiff and his Fetchnotes team have gone from handling customer support in the back of lecture halls to spending months at multiple tech incubators.

Speaking with Business Insider, Schiff talked about the journey Fetchnotes has been on the past couple of years, and just how important his team’s closeness is to being the CEO of a growing startup.

From sharing the floor in a small Boston apartment, to late nights at the office followed by team dinners or drinks, Schiff’s life and Fetchnotes’ life are one and the same thing. They’re one team.

Thankfully, he kept a camera handy to document it all.

Fetchnotes is currently working out of Koa Labs, a shared work space with seven other companies.

After leaving college at 21, Schiff spent a couple weeks living on the floor of a walk-in closet in Boston..

Schiff's official brainstorming notebook. Future app updates — such as Fetchnote's planned summer overhaul — often start here.

The team takes a Fetchnotes user to lunch in appreciation.

Hard at work in their Koa work space in Harvard Square.

Blowing off steam with a ping-pong match.

A whiteboard helps keep track of priorities as well as current and future projects.

At the end of their time at the NYC startup incubator Tech Stars, Schiff and the Fetchnotes team had the opportunity to present their app in front of a room full of investors.

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