Stories from Cornell’s student-run startups on campus & beyond
May 19, 2018
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:
May 7, 2018
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.
April 25, 2018
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.
April 16, 2018
Christopher Rodriguez (‘18) Embodies the Entrepreneurial Spirit
Chris is working on a project called Liquify, a “personal financial management platform that helps users track their spending and create budgets.” His first conception of the idea came as a freshman at Cornell while riding the TCAT, where he saw riders fumble with cash and coins to pay for their fares. “There has be be a better way to pay,” Chris thought.
March 8, 2018
Interview with Rewardzzz Founder Hunter Friedland
E@D sat down with Rewardzzz founder, Hunter Friedland, to learn more about his startup.
February 21, 2018
Travel the World with Brynne Merkley (‘20) and Colby Triolo (‘19)
In the summer of 2017, both Brynne Merkley (‘20) and Colby Triolo (‘19) wanted to travel the world. Brynne was excited to bike across Canada, and Colby wanted to backpack through Europe. Not wanting to travel solo, they each reached out to their friends, asking if anyone wanted to join. The responses they received were defeating: people had internships and jobs or only wanted to travel for a week, not the whole summer. As a result, Brynne and Colby cancelled their travel plans and got tech internships in Boston, where they ended up meeting and sharing their problem of wanting to travel. Both bonded over not being able to find like-minded travel partners with similar schedules and compatible styles. Together, they wanted to bring travelers together and help people explore the world, which inspired them to launch their company, The Worldwide Travel Network.
February 8, 2018
Peter Cetale (‘19) Brings Technology and Charity Together
No twenty year old college student could be described as a serial entrepreneur, but Peter Cetale (ILR ‘19) comes close. After founding three businesses and two active campus organizations, Peter has become an expert at putting ideas into action.
February 6, 2018
Interview with Deanna Deyhim (’18) – Founder of Spect
E@D recently sat down with Spect founder Deanna Deyhim to better understand SpectTM technology and the motivation behind her vision.
November 29, 2017
Jenna Martinez’s (‘19) Açaísy Dishes out Sales
This past summer, Jenna Martinez ‘19 lived in her hometown of Miami, FL, interning and soaking up the warm weather. During that time, she realized that açaí bowls were really popular in Miami and after trying them, she was in love. As the summer was coming to an end, she thought about how she would get açaí bowls in Ithaca, NY and quickly found that there was a gap in the market. With her determination and initiative, Martinez launched Açaísy, the first service that allows people to order açaí right to their door in 10 minutes or less!
November 16, 2017
My Africa, Your Trip: Ghali Jorio (’21) and MyAfriTrip
In 2014, a total of 65.3 million international tourists visited Africa. While that may seem like a lot, the figure represents only 5.8% of the world’s tourists.
For Ghali Jorio (’21), these numbers were more than statistics. They were his motivation for starting a company.
Jorio is the co-founder of MyAfriTrip: an online platform that offers tour packages designed to increase tourism to African countries. Driven by a mission of economic development in Africa, he has already helped facilitate 30 trips including ranging from two to ten people.
While Jorio is focusing on building his knowledge and entrepreneurial resources as a student at Cornell, he commits himself fully to MyAfriTrip on school breaks when he is in Africa with his co-founder. For more on Ghali’s experiences, see our interview below:
October 26, 2017
Planting the Seed for Petal with Michael Eaton (‘18) and Santi Alegria (‘18)
Home of Cornell University, Ithaca, NY has been known for growing rich intellectual experiences for students, but when it comes to growing plants, the cold and dark weather is not conducive. After growing up in Botswana, Michael Eaton (‘18) yearned for the big garden he used to have; in junior year, he decided to use his love for making things to discover how to grow herbs given the poor Ithacan weather and his limited apartment space. He reached out to this friend, Santiago “Santi” Alegria (‘18), shared his goal, and shortly after, Petal was planted.
October 25, 2017
Summers in Startups: Differentiating Growth Opportunities for Undergraduates
Are you curious about how to build professional experience as an underclassman? Learn how sophomore Eric Hu developed his business acumen and worked on impactful projects while interning at two startups in NYC during the Summer of 2017.
October 2, 2017
Meet the Entrepreneurial Interior Designer
Kevin O’Gara (Design and Environmental Analysis 20’) is the brain behind ‘Thou Swell,’ an Atlanta lifestyle blog which has accrued almost twelve thousand followers on Instagram in approximately four years. O’Gara describes the blog as a place for those with an eye for design and ‘entertaining enthusiasts.’ O’Gara’s interests lie in forming a world where social and environmental impact overlap. The Cornell sophomore has worked with national companies such as Fab.com, Home Depot, Target, Trulia, and Jonathan Alder. With O’Gara’s sophisticated eye, many of his followers have been surprised to learn that he is only a college student.
May 5, 2017
Tiffany Anne St. Bernard Builds Mentorship Communities
It is difficult to find a student entrepreneur with such varied experience as Tiffany Anne St. Bernard. In addition to mentoring several startups, Tiffany serves as a Blackstone Launchpad Senior Fellow and as a Fund Manager at Big Red Ventures. As a Ph.D. student in biomedical engineering, Tiffany’s initiatives both build on her technical experiences and challenge her to explore new fields.
April 21, 2017
Crunching Down on a Simpler, Sweet, and Savory Granola with Kim (’19)
Jamie Kim ‘19 has been baking since high school, but it tastes like she’s been doing it for several lives. At least, that’s what hordes of students, Manndibles cafe, successful chefs, and her friends and family might tell you.
In high school, Kim baked granola as gifts, experimenting with different spices and herbs unique to granola, like lavender and rosemary, which would soon become her signature touch on what seemed to be a saturated market.
The idea for bumble & butter started in October 2016, originally intended to be a breakfast company–selling pastries, as well as granola. As a student in the School of Hotel Administration, Kim pitched the company in her marketing class. The idea started to gain traction, but the taste of the granola spoke for itself.
April 20, 2017
The Shift to Renewable Energy – InvestMend and Sam Kramer (’18)
If you were to think of an entrepreneur’s qualities as tools in a builder’s toolbox, flexibility would likely be the level; just as a good builder needs a level to adjust measurements and designs, every serious entrepreneur needs flexibility to adapt his or her business. Cornell Environmental and Sustainability Studies student Sam Kramer (’18) recognizes this; in fact, he has lived it through his renewable energy investment company, InvestMend. From an online marketplace highlighting renewable energy investments, InvestMend has evolved to focus on more personal intereactions with investors. For more on Sam and InvestMend, click below:
March 29, 2017
Dorm Room Fund Grows at Cornell
Have you ever felt like the world of startup investment is unreachable outside your weekly episode of Shark Tank? Mike Annunziata, a student at Cornell’s Johnson Graduate School of Management, hopes to change that. Annunziata is Cornell’s new partner for Dorm Room Fund: a student venture fund backed by First Round Capital. Click below for more:
March 14, 2017
Annie Blumenfeld (‘20) Uses Business to Advocate for Animals
Annie Blumenfeld’s thoughts on dogs have varied across her lifetime; although she used to fear dogs, she now owns a business for them. Several years after being attacked by her childhood dog Duncan in elementary school, she started Wags 4 Hope, a nonprofit with a mission of promoting the wellness of pets across the world.
March 9, 2017
Exploring Venture Capital with CVC
The Cornell Venture Capital club offers undergraduates at Cornell an opportunity to work with industry-leading VC firms and their portfolio companies. Find out how CVC does it below:
March 3, 2017
Investing in the Future: My Experiences with Venture Capital
Archana Choudhary, one of the writers for E@D, reflects on what got her passionate about entrepreneurship and venture capital.