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    How We Built a Tech Startup Without Tech

    How We Built a Tech Startup Without Tech


    Originally published by Mike Wilner ’13 on Medium.com Mark Zuckerberg had a programming tutor at age 11. Bill Gates was excused from Math class at age 13 so he could write code. I learned what HTML stood for after I graduated college. As an aspiring entrepreneur, I felt insecure about my lack of technical skills — it […]

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    Should Entrepreneurial College Students Go Big or Go Small After Graduation?

    Should Entrepreneurial College Students Go Big or Go Small After Graduation?


    Originally posted on Entrepreneur.com I spoke to a group of University of Virginia students last week who were interested in entrepreneurship. One of them asked me, “Isn’t it a good idea to go to a big-name brand firm straight out of college? You can always go to a small company or start your own business later.” It’s a very […]

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    What’s Eating Silicon Valley

    What’s Eating Silicon Valley


    Originally published on Quartz.com  Like most people, I look up to and admire the heroes of Silicon Valley (the real ones, not the ones from the TV show). They’ve given rise to services (e.g., Google, Facebook, Uber, LinkedIn, Airbnb) that we use every day and make the world a better place. They’ve created value, wealth, […]

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    What I’ve Learned About How Startups Can Use Video

    What I’ve Learned About How Startups Can Use Video


    Name: Lynsey Chediak ’14 Alma mater: Claremont McKenna College Job: Growth Strategist Company: IndieWhip, a media production company Slack. I love it. You love it. The startup world nearly ended when it went down for a few hours. Want to know the singular thing that helped Slack take off? It’s amazing video. You’ve probably seen it. If not, […]

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    VFA from a Parent’s Perspective

    VFA from a Parent’s Perspective


    Judy Bain is the proud parent of Lena Kelly, a 2014 Fellow in Cleveland. She recently retired as Vice President and General Counsel, Epson America, Inc. and is happy to answer questions about VFA from a parental perspective at judy_bain@yahoo.com. To read about how Lena fell in love with Cleveland, check out her blog post. Grad School […]

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    How to Land Your Dream Summer Internship

    How to Land Your Dream Summer Internship


    Name: Hetali Lodaya ’14 Alma mater: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ’14 Job: Communications and Community Company: VentureLab, a startup non-profit developing entrepreneurship and technology education programs for K-12 students Originally Published in Cambio Col[lab] You did it! You’re done with exams and are headed home to sleeping in, holiday parties…and ...

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    Why I Went VFA: Brian Hickey ’15

    Why I Went VFA: Brian Hickey ’15


    My career is a choice that indicates my values  I knew that VFA was the right choice for me when I realized that becoming a Fellow would give me the best chance to find what I was looking for: to work directly with business owners who are creating jobs and having a positive impact on their communities. I was also excited by […]

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    Why Startup Success Isn’t Always Created Behind a Computer

    Why Startup Success Isn’t Always Created Behind a Computer


    Originally Published on Elitedaily.com by Cathryn Woodruff ’15 Although the popular image of a startup includes long hours furiously coding behind a laptop, my experience has been quite the opposite. Instead, I find myself spending multiple hours a day reading facial expressions and assessing body language cues. I’m not a psychologist or a CIA agent. In […]

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