The VFA Blog

    Birchbox Is Redefining the Future of Retail in More Ways Than One

    Birchbox Is Redefining the Future of Retail in More Ways Than One


    Originally posted on Entrepreneur.com I first encountered Birchbox back in 2011. My wife Evelyn had subscribed, and I’m responsible for getting our mail. Each month, I would deliver to her a box full of beauty samples that she would excitedly open, sniff, touch and use. It was like a mini-holiday at random, complete with an […]

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    The undergrad’s checklist for building professional skills during college

    The undergrad’s checklist for building professional skills during college


    Originally published on Medium College is filled with exciting things, like living with your best friends, dedicating your time to topics that interest you, and staying up late on Tuesdays with limited consequences. A slightly less fun but still exciting reality: it’s also an important time to arm yourself with the professional skills that you’ll […]

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    How To Stumble Onto Your Startup Idea

    How To Stumble Onto Your Startup Idea


    Originally published by Mike Wilner ’13 on Forbes Startup ideas don’t appear on whiteboards. Travis Kalanick and Garrett Camp didn’t come up with Uber in a brainstorming session; they came up with it when the frustration of trying to hail a cab in San Francisco hit a boiling point. Startup ideas come from going out […]

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    Out of Office 101: how to take a vacation like a pro

    Out of Office 101: how to take a vacation like a pro


    PSA: despite everyone’s favorite Game of Thrones tagline, winter isn’t coming. Summer is the season actually speeding our way, and it’s dragging the memories of sweet, sweet three-month vacations in its wake. As a young professional fresh enough out of college that I still refer to the period of time between Christmas and New Year’s […]

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    The comprehensive guide to writing a knockout cover letter every time

    The comprehensive guide to writing a knockout cover letter every time


    They say that the resume and cover letter are going the way of the dinosaurs and that digital portfolios are the way of the future. I agree! Once millennials advance in their careers to occupy the ranks of hiring managers, personal websites, LinkedIn profiles, and overall Internet presences (including social media channels…but you already knew […]

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    Leverege: Our Venture for America Experience

    Leverege: Our Venture for America Experience


    Originally posted by our Baltimore company partner Leverege on Medium. We recently added four young and talented Leverege team members thanks in large part to Venture For America — so I felt it was a perfect opportunity to write about VFA and share our experience. Venture for America is an organization started by Andrew Yang (author of an […]

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    Outsourcing Development Without Killing Your Startup

    Outsourcing Development Without Killing Your Startup


    Originally posted by Marino Orlandi ’15 on Medium.com At an early stage company, tight budgets and even tighter timelines are cause for constant pressure. Simultaneously, web and mobile software development remains one of the most costly components of any startup’s early budget. One of the ways to reign in the often astronomical costs of developing […]

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