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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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The Week Ahead at the Leslie eLab

Hi everybody! I hope that midterms went well for all of you! It has been great to see such a great number of students come in to work on their startups in the Leslie eLab, despite their obligations for school. We are thrilled that so many of you are excited to have a space on campus where they can build their ventures, connect to other entrepreneurs, and learn everything they need to know to start up well! I know that NYU is taking a short fall break…

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alas, poor yorick! i PRINTED him, horatio

Announcing the opening of the new Prototyping space within the NYU Leslie Entrepreneurs Lab! Each man in his time plays many parts; having your skull replicated is not normally one of them… The protoyping lab is now open. Any NYU student or faculty working on a protoype for their startup can use the tools, the space, the laser cutter, and the 3d printers free of charge. To experiment with, we have stacks of arduinos and raspberrypis, and more sensors than you can shake a skull at…

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Startup Showcase: Tactonic Technologies

Tactonic Technologies developed and is commercializing large area, multi–touch, pressure sensing systems, which utilize a sensing technology referred to Mechanical Force Redistribution. These systems can be used to track and quantify activity in a given environment by sensing the foot steps and extracting features such as stance, gait, and balance of those moving throughout the active environment. Tactonic works with a number of startups and established companies to develop end-user products.  Tactonic Technologies is the second startup that co-founders NYU Courant Professor Ken Perlin and Charles Hendee…

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Lessons Learned: Rethinking Programs in the Social Sector

{{unknown}}Angela is a 2nd year Masters of Public Administration student at NYU’s Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service, specializing in International Development and Policy. Steve Blank’s Lean Launchpad course is a 5-day intensive course that allows teams of students gain real world experience in how to turn an idea into a business.  When I was in middle school, my mother had an entire backyard devoted to gardening. Having read somewhere that plants grew faster and benefited when coffee was added to the soil, I…

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The Week Ahead at the Leslie eLab

Hello everybody! As we are moving into the third week of full operation at the Leslie eLab, I want to highlight some of the great resources we have available for all of you, as well as some of our outstanding events. We know that starting a startup is a messy process, and we want to help you navigate this territory in any way we can. For example, we have assembled a well selected reference library of landmark startup and entrepreneurship books, and we encourage you…

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Lessons Learned: The Importance of Organization Sustainability

Project College (formerly Knowledge Access Initiative) is an NYU student-run organization that strives to improve financial access to college for high school students in New York City. Their year-long program provides students with extensive education on all types of financial aid and individualized application assistance.  Every year, one million students across the United States who are eligible for federal aid never complete the FAFSA and likely don’t apply for other forms of financial aid. While some students choose not to pursue higher education, many students…

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Introducing Talking to Humans

In my 16 years as a venture capitalist, I have observed countless teams write a business plan, build their product, and only after they built it, seek customer feedback. Unfortunately, this “if you build it, they will come” approach almost never works. By the time you have built your product, you have fallen in love with it and likely become deaf to (negative) customer feedback, or you have sunk all your precious time and resources into something few people care about. The lean startup turns…

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