We had an excellent and successful event on Aug 17th at Next Jump @ 1 Kendall Square (link), a an awesome space in Cambridge. As usual, Cambridge (and Kendall Square in particular) never disappoints as it is a hub of startup innovation, intellect, and passion and reflects the core values that DukeGEN Boston wants to foster. Our discussion on startup culture similarly fit with this theme. There were 87 RSVPs for the event and about 50 people attended (we counted!). Tasty apps (not the mobile kind) and beer was kindly provided by Next Jump (Duke alum Greg Kunkel hosted us). A great night of networking ensued and a number of students, both undergrad and at the MBA level were in attendance. It was a very diverse crowd! At 7pm, the space opened up for networking, and at 745PM I gave some brief remarks welcoming everyone and introduced our organizers, who each said a few words. Chandra Jacobs ’04, Chris Wolfington ’96, Jason Ethier ’10, Michael Kurdziel ’11, Greg Kunkel ’04. Jason gave a 1 min pitch on his startup, Dynamo Micropower, that is currently fundraising through an Indiegogo campaign. His Boston startup is developing a high efficiency natural gas micro-turbine for use in distributed energy systems. We conducted a brief poll and the audience was split: 1/3 are currently in startups, 1/3….
When was the last time luggage got your on your trip? We thought you’d like this cool infographic on famous misplaces parcels (yes, it happens to celebrities too!), and what to do if this unfortunate situation happens to you. We’d love to hear about your craziest lost luggage experience, so be sure to leave a comment! Mine has to do with a trip to the Czech Republic, where I was studying for 6 weeks as part of my MBA. I arrived, but my luggage did not for nearly 5 days. Besides the essential stuff, I had packed an array of business suits because we had a series of professional visits planned, starting the day after I arrived. With only a day to spare, I had to rush in to town and buy a complete professional ensemble including shoes (as well as all the other necessities)–other than the timing of the whole matter, it was a great excuse to indulge in European fashion 🙂 I still have (and wear) the clothes I bought to this day. So at least something good came of it! unclaimed baggage….
Syndicated with permission from SerpicoDev tripchi, a leisure app for the business traveler, was recently featured in CNBC’sWorld’s Most Promising New Companies. SerpicoDEV serves as the software development partner for tripchi and would like to congratulate CEO Chandra Jacobs for this high distinction. tripchi is a mobile app that helps business travelers find actionable things to do during their down-time. It is explicitly designed for the business traveler–this means it focuses on usability and speed to get to relevant and actionable recommendations. In doing so tripchi removes the fluff that leisure travelers care about but business travelers don’t, and cuts right to the chase to get the business traveler onward to interesting activities. With tripchi, you can be on your way to something interesting to do in five minutes or less–whether it’s catching a concert, noshing at a local favorite, or getting your culture on, tripchi allows you to have instant gratification. It captures your personality in 3 steps, with adaptive/learning algorithms incorporating your interactions, and analysis of your social media profiles, to cut down the number of questions to answer. The recommendations served up include all the information needed to have you on your way, including pictures, a description,….
Innovation can be defined in many ways. It can be incremental. It can be transformative. It can range from a groundbreaking product invention to an improvement in solutions or processes. It requires thinking outside the box. And it can happen anywhere. Even inside large corporations. To highlight this, we wanted to showcase an event going on at EMC, based out of Hopkinton, Massachusetts, which is helping to promote not only innovation, but woman-powered innovation as well. EMC is a global leader in enabling businesses and service providers to transform their operations and deliver information technology as a service (ITaaS). Fundamental to this transformation is cloud computing. Through innovative products and services, EMC accelerates the journey to cloud computing, helping IT departments to store, manage, protect and analyze their most valuable asset – information – in a more agile, trusted and cost-efficient way. EMC’s first-inaugural Innovation Market premieres on November 1, 2012 at EMC’s corporate headquarters. The goal of the program is to raise the volume on Innovation and Creativity within EMC by showcasing the many and varied ways EMC business units and organizations are “thinking outside-of-the box.” You can check out the stories of two EMC innovators to learn about their secrets for….
Since moving to Boston, I have experienced the positive and negative of what an urban environment has to offer. A few days after arriving, I went for a walk and was assaulted by an old man with a cane (he literally hit me in the knee with it). In contrast, days later, I went for a run, and lost my driver’s license ( it fell out of my pocket while I was running). The next day I opened my mailbox and found that a good Samaritan had actually mailed it back to me! All in all the good and the bad have stayed in balance (with perhaps tipping towards the side of good)…. Last week, I went out with a friend, Stephanie, who I knew from my exchange program in India at the Indian School of Business (she was my roommate). Stephanie and I always seem to have hilarious misadventures. Like the first time we met in India and we went to a “farm party” on New Year’s Eve that turned out to be a luxury gala at someone’s country mansion (needless to say we were under-dressed). An Indian friend of mine drove us back (tipsy), and on our way back he….