30 Under 30 San Diego County Leader No. 9: Brandon Laughridge

Brandon Laughridge

At just 23, Brandon Laughridge already has plenty of experience under his belt.

The colleague of 30 Under 30 San Diego Leader No. 8 Nathaniel Broughton, Laughridge said he “got serious” about the industry as an undergrad at the University of Missouri. Shortly after graduation, he saw success.

“My biggest professional achievement is probably my buyout of a small online company six months after graduating college for which I raised capital from investors and led the transaction,” he said.

Though he’s still enjoying the earlier stages of his career, Laughridge is already operating three companies, including Spread Effect and Growth Partner.

Laughridge, who finds his inspiration from “anyone who sets a big goal and makes a real run at it,” said he hopes to continue to oversee the growth of his companies.

Advice for young people:

“There are no rigid qualifications or education requirements to be a leader. Self-education is what allows successful people to rise above the crowd, so if you want to be a leader start learning on your own terms.”