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:

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:

Love in Every Stitch with Sakib Jamal (’19)

Sakib maintains his own blog dedicated to covering entrepreneurship, and recently tried his hand at starting his own social enterprise called Chitro Social. Chitro provides an online platform for women in rural Bangladesh with low-incomes to design and sell hand-made products to earn a living wage. While Chitro has had its successes, Sakib’s experience has endowed him with a remarkably mature view of entrepreneurship, and he recognizes that he has also encountered many challenges in his work. As an active Cornell student, Sakib struggles to juggle his responsibilities to school and his business, forcing him to step back and consider giving away the rights to his company in a potential merger deal. Like any good parent, Sakib realizes that it may be time to let go.

The Value of Failure

Failure comes in many forms; it’s the reaction to this failure that ends up defining a company. Failure can cause minor changes to a startup, redefine a startup, or bring an end to a startup. Failure is also the reason the most successful start-ups are able to take on the world.

CUSummit Q&A: Pointers from Dana Price, MBA ’11

At this year’s Entrepreneurship Summit, I had the pleasure of sitting next to Dana Price. From the outset, I could tell this was going to be an interesting conversation. We immediately compared and contrasted this year’s event to that of previous years and exchanged our thoughts on what made year’s event different from the others. Even though I didn’t…