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New Ventures Series: Student Blogs

Himani Bhat is a student at Duke University and completed the New Ventures Development course taught by CEI Executive Director, Prof. Jamie Jones. “I’m just an average woman who listened to the universe when it told me to believe in myself.” Lisa Price, founder of Carol’s Daughter Coming into New Ventures: Development, I was initially […]

The Best “F” word

New Ventures Series: Student Blogs

Becca Kuperschmid is a sophomore at Duke University and completed the New Ventures Development course taught by CEI Executive Director, Prof. Jamie Jones. Failing sucks. I mean what entrepreneur wants to be told her startup is doomed? After spending sleepless nights working through concepts and allocating an egregious amount of emotional bandwidth to an idea, […]

The Power of the Pivot = Perspective and Grit

New Ventures Series: Student Blogs

Mary Laci Motley is a student at UNC Chapel Hill and completed the New Ventures Development course taught by CEI Executive Director, Prof. Jamie Jones. “If you’re going through hell, keep going.” Winston Churchill A pivot in business is defined as a change in direction when the concept of a company or service is not […]

Entrepreneurial Mindset: the common thread from consulting to startup to Google

Tim Sestrich MBA '16

Tim Sestrich loves to tinker and fills his time creating side projects. This has always been true, even as an undergraduate where he devoted his senior project to building and launching an apartment search website that would compete with Craigslist for the University of Pittsburgh’s student body. Tim drew inspiration from the first post-dotcom bubble […]

Starting business school with an entrepreneurial destination in mind

Nick Kirby, Daytime MBA '17

Nick Kirby, Co-Founder and CEO, Encapsio From mowing lawns and washing cars in high school, to working in his father’s shop learning how a small business operates, Nick Kirby’s always been involved in entrepreneurship. Those early foundations ingrained in Nick a strong drive towards entrepreneurship that he brought to Duke as an MBA in the […]