Barbara Novick ’81: From Cornell to Founding the World’s Largest Asset Manager

   I was fortunate enough to attend a lunch at Banfi’s with Ms. Barbara Novick, Co-Founder and Vice Chairman of BlackRock. Ms. Novick shared her professional journey, starting as a Cornell student like us, becoming a leader in the finance industry and ultimately founding BlackRock–now the world’s largest asset manager. As students who are currently exploring career…

Monday Madness – Steven Gal (’88), serial entrepreneur

“Pursue your own definition of success, not someone else’s.” Steven Gal’s Bio Steven Gal is a career entrepreneur, an educator of entrepreneurs, and an advisor to early stage companies. He is also currently a Visiting Associate Professor of Clinical Entrepreneurship at Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management. Over almost 20 years, he has founded,…

Seth Sarelson (’04): So You Want to Start a Company

Seth Sarelson ’04 was introduced to my Managerial Economics class as a weary traveler (his C2C bus broke down) with some great entrepreneurial advice. I don’t know if I agree with the first part because, despite his eventful trip back to Cornell, Seth was personable, enthusiastic, and knew exactly how to relate to a room…

Google’s Chris Fong ’03 Talks Professional Development, Technology Power, and Student Entrepreneurship

On November 5th, ten Cornell students had the fortunate opportunity to meet Chris Fong ‘03, who not only leads Google’s channel sales partnerships team but also passionately advocates student entrepreneurship. Chris attended Cornell 2002-03 and took classes in the Johnson School, namely Professor BenDaniel’s course–NBA 3000 Entrepreneurship and Private Equities–which truly allowed him to manifest his entrepreneurial spirit through…

Brandon Espinosa ’11 joins Practice Makes Perfect

This update from Karim Abouelnaga.  It is with an unprecedented amount of excitement that I have the honor of presenting you with this year’s annual report. I am particularly excited to introduce you all to my classmate and new COO, Brandon Espinosa’11 who brings an incredible amount of energy and perspective to the team. This…

Kristen McClellan’s SnappyScreen Update

Since Kristen McClellan graduated in 2012, SnappyScreen has been focused on raising capital to prepare the product for manufacturing and begin distribution in 2014. Prototype 4 has new, sleek, and easy to use features. The device offers three different SPFs (15, 30, 50) as well as height selection of ‘Above 5ft tall’ and ‘Below 5ft…

From Kathy Savitt (’85), Yahoo’s CMO: 10 ‘Road Rules’ for Entrepreneurs

The keynote speaker at this year’s Entrepreneurship Summit in NYC was presented by Kathy Savitt (’85), the CMO of Yahoo! and Founder & former CEO of Lockerz. It was clear that she, like Scott Belsky (’02), felt at home with the Cornell family from the outset. Savitt shared her “10 Road Rules” of entrepreneurship with seamless, organic delivery. Savitt’s speech was…

Part 1: Carol Rattray (’78) on Her Cornell Experience and Career Transition from Finance, to Philanthropy and Entrepreneurship

I recently attended the Women in Leadership Career Panel – featuring  Naomi Kelman (’81, MBA ’83), Franci Blassberg (’75, JD ’77), Carol Rattray (’78) – and was fortunate enough to have Carol Rattray share her journey starting as a Cornell student like us to transitioning careers  from finance, to philanthropy and entrepreneurship. Though her story might seem to…

Jonathan Santomauro ’11 explains his method for outlining a new business.

Jonathan Santomauro, a Cornell alumnus who is now the president of Global Procurement Strategies, which is a tactical outsourcing firm that creates partnerships with major corporations to increase the efficiency of their procurement divisions, was a student entrepreneur during his time at Cornell. Having experience developing a business plan and growing his company from scratch, he explains…