Student Stories

Stories from Cornell’s student-run startups on campus & beyond

1TakeInterview Brings a New Approach to Coding Interview Prep

Sean Viswanathan, a graduating senior at Cornell University, is the founder of 1TakeInterview: a software engineering interview prep website that helps users learn how to tackle coding questions they’re likely to see in their job interviews. After trying a lot of different resources to help him earn internship and full-time opportunities, Viswanathan grew frustrated with the resources on the market and sought out to create something better.

Entrepreneurship@Dyson recently spoke to Viswanathan about his journey with 1TakeInterview. Check out the interview below:

Arpit Sheth (MEng ‘18) Builds the Future of Local News

Crater is an emerging app that allows anyone to shoot footage on their phones of local news events and post stories for their communities. Crater assists community members in posting stories through the app’s video editing tools and story templates. E@D spoke with Arpit to learn more about this crowdsourcing approach to local news.

Ride Smarter with Cornell AppDev’s Ithaca Transit

Ithaca Transit is an end-to-end navigation app combining the best features of available transit apps into one simple design. The app prominently features live tracking and updates, an immensely useful feature for anyone who has waited in the cold for a bus.

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"Always surround yourself with people that are smarter and have had a lot experiences in different areas."

Adam Farrell ’06

CEO – Silicon Solar

"If you're never willing to pivot or change then you don't learn from the experience."

Karim Abouelnaga '13

Practice Makes Perfect

"If you don't have an internal fortitude and the opportunity to step over mistakes and keep looking forward, it's going to be difficult."

Nick Bayer '00

Saxby's Coffee

"Everyone understands that entrepreneurship is difficult. But I think that one of the things that's surprising is there isn't a lot of support when you're in it."

Michael Belkin '08

"That failure? It's not meant to define you. It's meant to refine you."

Jon Gordon '93

The Jon Gordon Companies

"It's really, really important for you to have experienced the problem or experienced the inefficiency that you're trying to solve."

Brad Katsuyama


Startup Profiles

A look at some of Cornell's latest startups

Matt Barker (‘19) and Austin Astorga (‘19) Take the ‘Um’ Out of the Forecast with Brella

Brella delivers your personalized daily forecast right to your lock screen in the morning, so you know what to wear, what to expect, and if you need to bring an umbrella.

inServe: Volunteering Made Simple

Did you ever experience the troubles of keeping track of your community service hours in high school? With multiple requirements and procedures students must worry about when seeking volunteer opportunities and recording hours, it is often difficult to truly enjoy the meaning behind community service. Emmet Reilly (’21, Communication) looked to create a medium that combines students’ passion for community service and the way students use technology today through inServe: a community service platform that connects student volunteers with opportunities around them and allows them to record their required hours without the hassle of traditional paperwork.

VitaScan – Moving from Cornell Research Labs to Industry

When it comes to medical diagnostic technologies, the focus has always been on disease detection. Having a device to instantly detect the presence of particular diseases in a patient’s body is desirable in a world where early detection is the key to containing the effects of such conditions. Yet, nutrition diagnostics technologies have been much less formulated than these disease diagnostics ones. This is the perfectly niche space in which VitaScan, a Cornell start-up, is taking giant steps.