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Lessons Learned: Transitioning from School Competition to Full-time Startup

Kevin George and Scott Holand are the co-founders of HireCanvas and recipients of the $75,000 Rennert Prize, awarded by the judges’ in the New Venture category of NYU’s $200K Entrepreneurship Challenge. HireCanvas is a mobile career fair management tool improving the career fair experience. After competing in the New Venture category of NYU’s $200K Entrepreneurship Challenge, our worlds changed. With or without the win, my co-founder, Scott Holand and I had already committed fulltime to our startup, HireCanvas. As we set out to build a meaningful…

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Faculty Entrepreneurs: Tom Igoe

Tom Igoe is a co-founder of Arduino and runs the physical computing area of the curriculum at ITP. The whole mission of ITP is to take people from a wide variety of disciplines and give them first-hand experience in the production of interactive and digital technologies. He believes that when people have a better understanding of how to do this, they are empowered by it. Physical computing is focused on the idea that you don’t interact with digital technologies without your body. We get hung up…

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Announcing the Fall ’14 Prototyping Fund awards!

The NYU Entrepreneurial Institute and Greenhouse have kicked off the third semester of the NYU Prototyping Fund, awarding grants of up to $500 to 10 teams of students from around the university to help them build hardware and software prototypes. For the third semester in a row, we received a record number of applications for the awards. This semester, 53 teams applied, comprised of over 120 students representing 10 NYU schools. Of the 10 teams chosen, 7 are collaborations between students from two or more…

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The Week Ahead at the Leslie eLab

Hi everybody, The temperatures are dropping and that is a good reason to stay inside, in the Leslie eLab, that is. I hope that since we opened our doors in September you have had a chance to swing by, see the space, and get inspired to build your startup here! If you haven’t, just come on over for a steamy cup of coffee or hot chocolate, join fellow startup entrepreneurs working on startups, and attend one of our awesome events! Make sure not to miss these:…

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Lessons Learned: A Startup’s Secret Weapon—Customers!

Fang-Ke Huang is a postdoctoral fellow in NYU Langone Medical Center, applying the proteomic approach to understand the brain’s functionalities such as learning and memory. Fang-Ke got his PhD from Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences. He is interested in the intersection of science and business. When I was in graduate school, two fellow students and I participated in a venture challenge in which we had to submit an executive summary of a technology. We worked tirelessly, ruthlessly Google searching and brainstorming, and we came up with the…

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Lessons Learned: Passion Holds Out

Paul Dariye is a first year graduate student in the Management of Technology program at NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering. Before NYU, Paul was in Northern Cyprus. Paul has had an eventful journey since leaving Nigeria in 2009 to further his studies.  The 5-Day Lean Launchpad with Steve Blank remains the most challenging and engaging class I’ve taken to date at NYU. It was a very electrifying experience. From a road trip to New Jersey to a party organized by Google, those five days felt like much more than just a…

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A Day in the Life: Comixology’s David Steinberger

David Steinberger is the CEO and co-founder of comiXology. Founded in 2007 shortly before co-winning the NYU Entrepreneurs Challenge, comiXology is a platform for the sale and reading of digital comics, and was recently purchased by Amazon. David’s first dream was to be a classical singer, when he first came to NYC in 1994. After graduating from Manhattan School of Music and Juilliard, he tried his hand at professionally singing. He then did “what any sensible person would do when their first choice isn’t working…

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The Week Ahead at the Leslie eLab

Hi everybody, It is hard to believe but the Leslie eLab has been open for only a little over a month! So many things have already happened here in the last few weeks. We have welcomed well over 30 speakers, panelists, and lecturers. Numerous startup teams have pitched to VCs and other jurors. And this past week,  Mootch, a student startup that has tirelessly worked in the Leslie eLab, launched the beta version of their app here. One thing I am especially excited about is that over these…

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The “Film-trepreneur”: An Interview with James Belfer of Dogfish Accelerator

Peter is a guardian at the Leslie eLab and an intern at the Entrepreneurial Institute. He is co-president of CASEA and co-chair of the NYU Entrepreneurs Festival. He has started a film production company called Minetta Studios.  While the film industry is not typically associated with entrepreneurship the way software or even fashion is, being successful in film is all about being entrepreneurial.  This is the concept I was left with after talking with James Belfer, co-founder of the Dogfish Accelerator. He’s an innovative “film-treprenuer” (his…

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Lessons Learned: Do It Your Way

Chase Denison is a freshman undergraduate in the Stern School of Business. Chase is the founder and owner of Vybe Sunglasses. He is also a captain of NYU’s Baseball Team. As entrepreneurs, we seem to fall into a habitual cycle trying to mirror other successful entrepreneurs we know and revere. We follow their footsteps to accomplish our own goals. Most people think in terms of a set of “rules” scribed in stone on how to be a successful entrepreneur. Well to that, I say— no. Rather than…

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