Tips for New Entrepreneurs

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Welcome Back!

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We’ve been working hard to bring you a brand-new TES: new website, new events and programs, and a renewed spirit!

Our General Interest Meeting will be on Thursday, January 23 at 8pm. Look out for more information in our e-mail. (Not on our e-list? Sign up here.)

Looking forward to seeing you all soon!

Job Posting: Intern at Smarterer

Boston-based startup called Smarterer is HIRING! Smarterer is looking for a part-time intern to help out with various projects in our South End office. Interns at Smarterer play a huge role in day-to-day operations, and it’s not your typical “file papers all day” type of Internship. They are backed by Google Ventures and True Ventures and are currently working on a ton of awesome new projects that will launch in the near future.

Here are some of the perks:

  • It’s paid.
  • You get to spend time in their awesome South End office surrounded by great startups and art for Seth Minkin (our artist in residence). You can take a virtual tour of the office here.
  • Access to free classes.
  • The chance to work with some of Boston’s top entrepreneurs.

If you’re interested, please email

Look for more postings soon if you’re interested.

Presenting Tufts Blue Key

Blue Key FlyerSometimes finding the best stuff at Tufts can be hard since there’s so much of it! We know that entering the world that is college can be a bit scary (we were there too!). Choosing classes, navigating the social scene, getting involved on campus – it can get overwhelming.

So Tufts Entrepreneurs Society made Blue Keys.

Blue Keys are a group of Tufts students who welcome freshmen to school. Freshmen in the program are paired with an upperclassmen with similar interests to make the transition to Tufts as easy as possible by being a reliable connection and showing them the ropes.

We’re pairing up wonderful first-years with eager upperclassmen who want to help you reach reach new decisions, get insider advice on the coolest professors, find ‘your crew’, find the best parties, and greatest opportunities at Tufts. They come from all parts of campus: engineers, fraternity brothers, varsity athletes, art enthusiasts, hip-hop dancers, you name it.

So, most of all, we’d love to have you join! If you’re a freshman or returning student, all you have to do is fill out this form with your interests, and we’ll take care of the rest. (

If you have any questions email

Apps In House Presents Meep

Tufts’ own Foster Lockwood describes his company Apps in House and his new app Meep

The basic idea for Meep actually came from a conversation I was having with my girlfriend. I was complaining that even when the iPhone is a great innovation in many fields of technology, I still felt like checking my voicemail was a hassle, as me and my father had been playing phone tag earlier that day. “Why isn’t there a quick and easy way to just send an audio message to someone?” I remember one of us saying.

It’s questions like this that seem to drive the entrepreneurial world that I’ve been a part of, and so far I’ve noticed that the richer questions have much more interesting solutions.

Since I’m actually working as an independent contractor for small start-ups this summer writing iOS Apps ( of course my solution would be an iPhone application. It started as a side project and quickly turned into an obsession, one that other programmers and developers I’m sure are familiar with.

I believe that a significant amount of the communication we take part in is forced to be made in a medium that doesn’t lend itself to that particular communiqué. That is the complicated abstract. Examples are much better for explaining in this case. Say you and a friend commonly text back and forth (presumably using Apple’s iMessage App) and one day you hear a song on the radio that you two had just been discussing. Instead of texting “Hey, that song just came on the radio!”, wouldn’t it be cool to have a way to just hold a button and send an audio clip (when the song is playing) to your friend instead? Circumventing any ambiguity that texting too often carries, this audio message would appear right in the thread that you and your friend had been conversing in previously. With one tap he could instantly listen to what you had just listened to.

Now, of course, most messaging applications these days allow you to send text, pictures, or video (in media messages). Texts leave little to be innovated with, but media messages seem to have some implicitly bad reputation. How amazing is it that we can send a video we take to a friend of ours? But have you ever sent one? I haven’t, and I don’t think the reason is that I don’t have the motivation to record something to send to a friend. I’ve tried my best to make sending any Meep message as simple as sending a text, with as few taps as possible.

Along those lines, a neat little last minute feature that I’ve implemented is the location Meep. This requires no text input at all, and is hoping to replace all of those texts reading, “I’m here.” “I’m outside in my car”, and give an easy way to respond to any iteration of, “Where are you?” With one tap, you can send your current location to the other user. They get a location Meep (again in the same thread) which they can tap on and see a map with a pin marking where the other user is. Instead of trying to describe your surrounds via text, or even sending a picture from your vantage point, why not just send your actual location.

Creating an appropriate pricing scheme is an interesting dilemma in this project. It can’t be subscription based because it must avoid being like a telephone contract, but in order to be scalable it might  have to avoid the one time payment system. I have a lot more research/math to do before I can make a final decision. But one thing is for sure, the App will be free to download and install, and every free user will get a large monthly quota of meeps before they would need to pay.

Lastly, I am hoping the name raises a few eyebrows, but if you’re curious the inspiration came from the Muppet named Beaker. The only word he ever says is “meep.” All he can do is change his pitch and tone to facilitate communication with the other muppets. In a ways, this is how I feel sometimes when communicating with the tools currently at my disposal. I hope the Meep App will raise people out of their routine of communicating in difficult ways, especially when they may not realize it. This may be an unrealistic expectation, but I think it’s something worth pursuing.

Albert Nichols: President

Hi! I’m Albert Nichols, a senior at Tufts majoring in Computer Science with a minor in Entrepreneurial Leadership in the Engineering School.  As a freshman and sophomore I was a member of the Sailing team.  I worked as an early employee at startup Abine during my sophomore year while pursuing ELS and conducting research in the online privacy space.  I currently work at IBM working in the Center for Social Business.  Right now I am President of TES.

I’m dedicated to creating the best environment at Tufts for classmates interested in ideas bigger than themselves and those who are motivated to create a better world.  Come join us! Come by a meeting, join in on a talk, or just email if you’re interested in getting involved.

Ali Jutha: External Communication

Hi! I’m a junior at Tufts University in Fall 2012 and will be continuing to double major in International Relations and Economics.

My entrepreneurial interest stems from experiences swing trading the foreign exchange markets. I lead Trading Hour – a weekly meeting where TES members communally understand how financial markets evolve and share trading techniques.

Please reach out to me if you have any questions about finance or trading!

Kate Hitchner: Vice President

Kate is senior studying International Relations and Economics. In addition to TES, she is a mentor for the Tufts chapter of Compass Partners, an organization that exposes college freshmen to the world of social entrepreneurship. She has worked in a range of environments including an archaeological excavation in France, a non-profit (Project on Justice in Times of Transition), and most recently in a start-up incubator/venture capitalist company in Cambridge. In her free time, Kate likes to get outside to run, bike, hike, climb, and sail!

This year I’ll be organizing a lot of the club and how Exec board operates.  If you’re interested in joining exec board, or just want to talk about TES drop a line! I’d love to talk to you.