Startup Hustle: Kelly Cullum of PayHub

Startup Hustle showcases leaders in technology, startups, and entrepreneurship across North Texas. Not your typical news story, this weekly series gives an inside look at the personalities of the diverse and multi-faceted people who make the DFW startup community so special. Be sure to check in every Friday for this weekly series! 

Kelly Cullum, Director of Integrated Sales (but I asked for Empire Builder), SignaPay | PayHub. We bring the human element to electronic payments.

Hometown: Jupiter…..yes like the planet

Current Neighborhood: Why only what Money magazine claims to be the best city in America: Mckinney, TX. I work in Irving but I don’t know what their claim to fame is. That they are super close to the airport.

Describe your typical day in one sentence: I like to start the day with a little yoga followed by hustling then kiddie time and bed.

What was your first job? A hostess at a restaurant. I got fired because a pregnant lady thought I was flirting with her husband when the reality is I was trying to be overly nice since I sat them at the restaurant’s worst table.

Describe a “startup hustler” in 140 characters: This person eats, sleeps, breathes, and you-know-what their startup. Oh, and better be crazy smart.

What’s your drink? It’s was belvedere-soda-cran with a lime but then I moved to the great state of Texas and discover Deep Eddy’s ruby red. Yum. So now it is Deep Eddy’s Ruby Red-soda with a lime.

Finish this sentence, “Dallas got it right when…”: They built Perot museum. I am not faster than a T-Rex and I am still mad about it.

What can Dallas do better? Get a decent nightclub.

What can’t you live without? Diet Coke, it might give me cancer but it makes me super happy.

The show you’ll catch me binge-watching is: Law & Order: SVU. I love me some Olivia Benson.

What’s the best place to get coffee in Dallas? I have not had a cup of joe in Dallas but the Starbucks off 635 and Beltline is amaze-balls.

It’s been a great day. Where in Dallas do you go to celebrate? Perry’s for some of their french onion soup. Yum.

Pandora, Spotify, or Songza? Pandora but I think it’s has been like 3 years since I have used it.

Who motivates you? My hubby, cliche I know, but he is the smartest, most well rounded person I know. When I grow up I want to be just like him.

Tell us a random piece of trivia about yourself: It is quite likely you will catch me driving with the windows down, music blaring, dancing like a fool. I secretly think I am J-Lo.

Raquel Vincent

Raquel Vincent is a Dallas-based creative with a knack for words and inspired creative direction. When she's not working, you can find Raquel hitting a gallery opening, working on her book, or thrifting for unforgettable vintage finds. She loves music festivals, tacos, and her rescue cat Berlioz.