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?
Half-Baked took place in eHub in Collegetown last week. For the event, Cornellians came forward and spoke about their raw ideas, aspirations and dreams they have for Cornell and beyond.
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.
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.
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.
Are you curious and passionate? Do you enjoy working on a team to solve problems and develop ideas that can have a concrete impact your community? Are you trying to assess whether your entrepreneurial idea is applicable to the real world? Hackathons may be the perfect opportunity for you.
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:
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.
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!
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.
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:
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.
Have you ever dreamed about what it would be like to be in a room filled with something that you love? For the writers at Entrepreneurship@Dyson, that thing is entrepreneurs, and that dream is about to come true. Later this evening, Cornell will kick off its annual Entrepreneurship at Cornell Celebration in Kennedy Hall before transitioning to a two-day conference that will take place in the Statler Hotel on Thursday and Friday. Nearly 400 students, alumni, faculty, and more have already registered for the event, excited to get in-depth looks at entrepreneurship through the eyes of the Cornell community.
Last Friday, Dys ID and Forte co-sponsored the Day in the Industries trip, providing fifty students inside looks at Goldman Sachs and Facebook’s New York offices. The trip offered students insight into diversity within the financial and technology sectors.
Saxbys Coffee Company founding CEO Nick Bayer (’00) presents, “The Importance of Hospitality in Culture.” Bayer showcases his commitment to changing customers’ lives through hospitality and how Saxbys Coffee is giving young entrepreneurs an unprecedented opportunity to hone their passion for innovation.
Over the past few years, Tech Treks have been growing in popularity. Perhaps you have heard of these trips to areas like Boston, but what exactly are they? And what value do they have for young entrepreneurs? Recently, Professor Michael Roach took a group of Ph.D. students to Silicon Valley to explore the ecosystem.
Much of the entrepreneurship in the United States is driven by the Maker Movement, where builders and tinkerers are using 3D printing and electronics to create the nation’s future. At Cornell, LCL’s first Make-A-Thon brought dozens of innovators together to build in this way. Maker communities have become so powerful that the White House decided to welcome them to their doors. A current Cornell student was at the forefront of executing this large pursuit.
Last Monday, March 7th, Social Business Consulting hosted an Evening with Entrepreneurs: a panel of five incredible student entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds and experiences.
When Forbes released its list of the fifteen most innovative college startups earlier this year, two startups from Cornell made the list: Yorango and Maidbot. What else do these two businesses share besides the university where their teammates met? They both are graduates from Life Changing Labs’ summer incubator.
Does your roommate insist you are crazy when you say you are interested in entrepreneurship? Do you hear about a different workshop, incubator, or event for entrepreneurship every day at Cornell and don’t know where to start? Joining Blackstone LaunchPad is a great first step.