Punkpost Pleasure

Santiago Prieto and Alexis Monson
December 18, 2017

Alumna Alexis Monson '05 discovers a medium with a powerful message.

“I always wanted to own my own business,” says Alexis Monson ’05, co-founder of Punkpost. She found it in a greeting card company that helps people send cards as easily as sending a text message. “Even when I was a little kid, I knew I was going to start my own company.”

When Alexis traveled from South Dakota to start college at UMD, she studied business administration and marketing.

She enrolled in a class about entrepreneurship taught by Peter Stark. “That class put in order all the things that I needed to think about,” she says. She studied managing a business, financing, marketing, and promotion. “The class was focused on coming up with a new innovative idea. I didn't have one at the time, but I knew with time and more life experience, it would eventually come to me.”

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