Akili King

I love showing athletes and soldiers that the hustle never stops, only the language changes.

What has been your most notable rebel accomplishment or experience?

Teaching business and entrepreneurship to the student athletes at Oregon State University through the only Startup Weekend event hosted for a community via a NCAA Athletic Department.

When did you first realize that you are a rebel?

When my mom told me that my first word was “ain’t.”

What advice do you wish someone had given you earlier in your career?

Test your assumptions constantly!

What is your favorite rebel characteristic?


What’s your favorite question?

Does this work in the real world?

What one clue tells you you’re effecting positive change?

The look on athletes’ faces when the light goes off in their heads that they are more than their sport!

What do you think it’s most important for people to understand about rebels?

Understanding why they are rebels!

What’s your one word piece of advice for rebels?


What’s your one word piece of advice for non-rebels?


Where do you think rebels are most needed today?

Anywhere there is non-value adding waste.

Who is your favorite rebel from the past 100 years?

Anthony De Mello

What’s the one thing you should never say to a rebel?

It is what it is.