Caitlin Strandberg: From Slope Media to Venture Capital

Listed as one of Forbes’ 30 under 30 and founder of Slope Media, Caitlin Strandberg ‘10, has worked her way up in the venture capital industry since graduating from Cornell University. Recently the 28-year-old spoke at Forte Campus at Cornell’s Speaker series and highlighted her startup experiences at Cornell and beyond.

Avner Ronen Visits Cornell

Many Cornellians fear pursuing entrepreneurship after graduation because they believe it may not lead to long term careers. Avner Ronen disproves this myth. So far, he has launched three companies and sold two of them to major firms. For Ronen, entrepreneurship is a lifestyle instead of an ideal.

The True Cost: A Reflection on Production

On Thursday, November 11, Cornell Thrift and Cornell Organization for Labor Action hosted a movie screening and discussion on The True Cost, a documentary about the dangers of the fashion industry’s overseas production. The event was a reminder that fair trade and ethical sourcing are important steps to making a healthier world.

Building a Better Work Environment

Google. For many students, it sounds like the ideal workplace, especially with movies like The Internship creating Hollywood appeal. When many people think of Google and startup workplaces, they think of free food, ping pong tables juxtaposed between desks, and nap pods. So what does Google truly do to cultivate an environment that fosters results?

Jordan Berman (‘95) Conquers the Coffee Break

If you have ever worked a 9 to 5 job, you know that 2pm is a drag. You check your phone, pour another cup of coffee, and wonder when the day will be done. At college, this is prime nap time in the libraries or, if you’re lucky, in a semi-quiet dorm room. ILR alumnus Jordan Berman (‘95) knows this struggle well and has creatively capitalized on it.

The Gig Economy: A Step Along the Entrepreneurial Path

Today, anyone can work for themselves to begin their entrepreneurial journey. Uber, Lyft, Taskrabbit and many other online platforms contribute to the ever present gig economy. These platforms allow people to earn money on their own time and in their own domain, whether it be their cars, homes, or favorite coffee shops. The gig economy allows ambitious service providers to enjoy some of the benefits of being an entrepreneur without the responsibility of owning firms and reporting to stakeholders.

Life Changing Labs Hosts First Fall Pitch Competition

Open for less than one full semester, the Entrepreneurship@Cornell eHub in Kennedy Hall is already housing the best and brightest student innovators that Cornell has to offer. On Monday, September 26th, eHub hosted the academic year’s first pitch competition. Three Cornell undergraduate students had one minute to sell three discerning judges on their startup idea.

The Importance of Being Fearless

Never Eat Alone co-founders Marie Schneegans and Paul Dupuy recently came to Cornell to speak about the importance of being fearless as a part of the Dyson Undergraduate Speaker Series. Their top pieces of advice for aspiring entrepreneurs are shared below:

eHub Launches at Cornell

On August 31, Cornell students, alumni, and staff gathered to celebrate the future of university entrepreneurship with the grand opening of eHub. eHub’s Kennedy Hall location offers 15,000 square feet for students and community members passionate about entrepreneurship to learn and collaborate. The opening continued on the morning of September 24th with the grand opening and ribbon cutting of the eHub space in Collegetown. Cornell invited students, faculty, staff, and alumni to celebrate the occasion. Located next to Collegetown Bagels, the new office consists of two floors of collaborative work space filled with glass conference rooms, whiteboards, and red, comfortable seating.

Startup Stories

Last Wednesday, Entrepreneurship@Dyson held Startup Stories: a panel of distinguished student entrepreneurs! Each student gave valuable insight into their companies from how they got started to where they will be going next!

Entrepreneurship Celebration: The Physical Product Panel

Last week, the Entrepreneurship Celebration at Cornell University featured various panels and discussions regarding the challenges and rewards of entrepreneurial paths. Here’s a look at the Physical Product panel, moderated by Ken Rother, Managing Director, eLab and Robert Shepherd, Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospece Engineering, Cornell University. Student panelists included Nandita Bal MEN ’15, Founder, Meditrust; Steven Dourmashkin ’15, MEN ’16, Founder, Specdrums; Micah Green ’18, Founder, Maidbot; and Caitlin Parrucci MEng ’16, Founder, Equine Design.

Startup Lessons Learned from Wanderu CEO Polina Raygorodskaya

Polina Raygorodskaya was recently named one of Forbes’ “30 Under 30” to watch in Consumer Technology, and is currently the CEO of Wanderu: a mobile and web-based platform that strives to be the simplest way for you to find and book bus and train travel. Wanderu has served more than 20 million users across North America, and has grown 400% quarter over quarter since its launch in August 2013. At the same time, Raygorodskaya recognizes that she would not have found as much success as she has with Wanderu without having learned from the failures she encountered with other businesses. Her best pieces of advice for aspiring entrepreneurs are shared below:

Cornell Sees She Started It

Last Wednesday night, Entrepreneurship@Dyson and Blackstone Launchpad co-sponsored a screening of She Started It, a film telling the stories of five remarkable female founders. The women vary in race, background, and geographic location, and the film captures their diverse struggles – from securing funding to communicating with their teams, navigating Venture Capitalists, and speaking English as a second language.