Brett Fischler: Events

My name is Brett, and I’m a sophomore engineer at Tufts. My hobbies have changed a lot over the last few years, but primarily, my favorite things to do are play tennis, write music, play guitar and piano, and spend time with my friends and family. The idea of becoming an entrepreneur has always intrigued me, and I’m hoping that between my interest in engineering and my participation in TES, I’ll eventually be able to invent a product and create some kind of successful business around it. That way, if I’m lucky enough to be asked back as a guest speaker at some TES meeting a long time from now, I’ll be able to inspire the members the same way that some past speakers have already inspired me.

This year I’ll be organizing a lot of the great events we throw every year.  If you have any suggestions, feel free to reach out to me!

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Brush up your entrepreneurship

Here are some tips from recent grad @cmicon on how to keep up with entrepreneurship trends.

Working for a top notch startup people is the best training ground for entrepreneurship I’ve found. VCs are always trying to place new hires into their portfolio companies, and the good ones do a great job of selecting companies that create a good working environment.

Find some quality reading material on entrepreneurship. A few books and blogs that I wish I’d been pointed to earlier are below.

Find a Mentor.  This is huge, you can learn priceless information and make amazing connections with a mentor.

Entrepreneurial reading list:
* Marc Andreesen’s blog: http://pmarca-archive.posterous.com/?page=31

* Paul Graham’s essays: http://paulgraham.com/articles.html

* The Innovator’s Dilemma: http://www.amazon.com/The-Innovators-Dilemma-Revolutionary-Essentials/dp/0060521996

News:
* Techmeme: http://www.techmeme.com/

– Fred Wilson’s blog: http://www.avc.com/

Andrew Carp: Internal Coordinator

Hi! I’m Andrew Carp, a sophomore Electrical Engineer from Silicon Valley with an interest in ELS and social entrepreneurship. I worked as a Business Development Intern for an MIT based startup called Greenbean Recycle during Spring of 2012, and right now I’m attempting to take a dive into owning a few patents. At the moment, I’m the Internal Communications Director for TES, a brother in Zeta Beta Tau, an avid hiker/backpacker, and a chaser on the Quidditch Team.

I’ll be running all internal communications for TES this year so if you get an email, it’s from me! Email tuftsEsociety@gmail.com if you want to be added to the e list.  Also, check out our meetings!

Alpine Hammock, A Jumbo Creation

For all you outdoor fanatics, Jumbo entrepreneurs are at it again. Tufts Alums Mike Brown E’10 and Ryan Stolp E’10 designed what they’re calling the “Alpine Hammock”. More than your average backyard hammock, their patent-pending invention provides comfort and weather protection in almost any outdoor weather condition. It is constructed with waterproof nylon, waterproof zippers, waterproof-breathable fabric and no-see-um bug netting.

Before we get on with more details, get yourself over to kickstarter ASAP to support these guys.

Both Mike and Ryan are NUTS for the outdoors.  Having put in some serious trail time they came up with this great product that really fills in a void in the outdoor gear world.  Check it out, these two are for sure making waves in the outdoor industry.  Here are some snippets from their press release.

“It combines the best qualities of both hammocks and bivy sacks (read: one-man minimalist shelter), allowing you to stay protected in outdoor environments both with and without trees,” says Brown.  It features clever designs such as a built-in bug net and rainfly, making it convenient, comfortable and lightweight which are typical tradeoffs when choosing between backpacking hammocks, bivy sacks, and one-man tents.

A dream come true for fast and light outdoor travelers?  Yes, but, without the funds to take their project to the next level it might take years before their product can leave their makeshift (read: basement) gear lab.

After attending Tufts University, one of the most expensive schools in the nation, Mike and Ryan realized that their looming student debt would require them to put their Alpine Hammock project on hold until they could raise the funds to produce the one-man shelter.  Determined to push the concept forward, they continued to tweak the design through numerous prototypes, from a proof of concept prototype to a fully functional, technical outdoor shelter. However, “being responsible for paying our ways through college makes it almost impossible to finance this project on our own,” says Stolp.  This is why they’ve decided to run a Kickstarter campaign to try and crowd-source the $30,000 necessary to continue design work, to enter a more robust gear testing phase, and to produce their Alpine Hammock at a larger scale.

Kickstarter campaigns operate under an “all-or-nothing” funding model so if the Alpine Hammock project doesn’t reach it’s goal at the end of 30 days then it Brown and Stolp go home empty-handed. Be sure to follow them on Twitter (@AlpineHammock) and Facebook to follow their progress and make sure to spread the word to your social media networks.  Consider donating as little as $1 to help their project come to life.  If you decide to donate more, you might be among the first in the world to travel in the outdoors with an Alpine Hammock.

Sonia Chokshi: Blue Key

Hi! My name is Sonia Chokshi, I’m a junior majoring in International Relations and French. I get out of bed every morning because I love helping awesome people accomplish what they’re most passionate about. That’s why I’m working with Kip Solutions, a startup that does social media consulting for nonprofits and social enterprises. Other than that, I jam out on my French Horn in the Tufts Wind Ensemble, and I contribute to a podcast called NewEmpireBuilders.com.

This year I’ll be running Blue Key for incoming freshmen.  I’m really excited to meet all the new Jumbos and am looking forward to this year!

Jared Bronen: Marketing Coordinator


HI!
My name is Jared Bronen and I’m currently a sophomore currently studying Computer Engineering ’15. I’m really interested in user-interface technology development, music education, and gamification. Outside of being a marketing coordinator for TES, I was a part of the Compass Fellowship last year, and I will serve as a mentor for the program as a sophomore. This summer I’m an editorial intern at collegehumor.com

I joined TES last year as a freshmen and really enjoy the group and guests who speak. I’m looking forward to meeting the new freshmen!

Tufts Senate Unanimously Supports Entrepreneurs

It comes as no surprise that the TCU Senate passed two resolutions 23-0-0 that address entrepreneurial initiatives for both the undergraduate and graduate community at Tufts University.

The resolutions were named “A Resolution Calling for the Creation of the Tufts Innovation and Ideas Mentorship Program” and “A Resolution Calling for an Entrepreneurial Initiative and Environment for Undergraduates at Tufts University.”  The two resolutions were presented together in response to increased interest in business, entrepreneurship, and innovation within the undergraduate community.  While many perceive entrepreneurship as directly tied to business, resolution contributor Josh Kapelman has a different view.

“It’s really important to understand that entrepreneurship is not business, it touches every place in your life: It creates you, it makes you a leader, it develops you as person.”

The Tufts Entrepreneurs Society commented on student involvement with entrepreneurship with the following:

“Our biggest goal is to encourage all students — whether you’re a musician, a computer scientist or you’re studying international relations — to take an entrepreneurial approach to what you do, it doesn’t have to be a business, you don’t have to start your own company, but just say, ‘I can do it myself, I can do it better, and here at Tufts we have the knowledge and power create the world we live in.’ That’s what we believe in.”

Notable Tufts alumni such as Pierre Omidar (founder of Ebay), Roy Raymond (Victoria’s Secret), John Bello (Sobe), have all utilized their entrepreneurial values to achieve their goals.  Whether it is taking an ELS class, getting involved in the Tufts Entrepreneurs Society (TES), or starting your own project; TES encourages all students to get involved and start taking action.

Let us know, how do you see yourself getting involved in entrepreneurship?

If you have interest or questions, please email us at tuftsEsociety@gmail.com or tweet at us @tufts_e_society

Below is the resolution passed by the TCU senate in full.

A Resolution Calling for an Entrepreneurial Initiative and Environment for Undergraduates at Tufts University

(“The Initiative”)

WHEREAS there is a need for expanded entrepreneurial education at Tufts and overwhelming interest from the student body is demonstrated through existing programs, clubs, and pending resolutions; and

WHEREAS the Entrepreneurial Leadership Studies (ELS) program currently offers only a minor in ELS; and

WHEREAS over 500 students are taking ELS courses during the 2010- 2011 academic year, representing a 128 percent growth in enrollment since Spring 2002; and

WHEREAS The Tufts Entrepreneurs Society, a student run group, has seen a 400% increase in  active membership in the last year; and

WHEREAS the acknowledgement and acquisition of entrepreneurial values will increase the value of the individual upon leaving Tufts University in any professional field; and

WHEREAS the Office of Undergraduate Admissions has requested materials and features on student entrepreneurs to fill the requests of prospective and incoming students for information on such happenings; and

WHEREAS over 62% of the undergraduate student body believes that ELS becoming a major would be worthwhile for the university; and

WHEREAS President Monaco has stated the importance of applying entrepreneurial values to any discipline inside and outside of the college environment; andWHEREAS Barbara Clarke, President of the Tufts Alumni Association, is completely supportive of the creation of an incubator at Tufts see A Resolution Calling for the Creation of the Tufts Innovation and Ideas Mentorship Program; therefore

BE IT RESOLVED that the Tufts Community Union (TCU) Senate supports The Initiative, recognizing the need to attend the issue of space, environment, and overall support of student entrepreneurs at Tufts; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that it is the opinion of the TCU Senate that creating an environment, whether it be residential or a workspace (or both), will further intellectual exchange between students and catalyze student ventures; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the TCU Senate supports The Initiative and will continue to work with the administration to bring it to fruition.

Respectfully submitted on 10 April 2012 by Joshua W. Kapelman and Albert Nichols

Startup Beats: Timeflies

Timeflies during their music video of “Cars, money, and fame”

Music has always been an entrepreneurial experience. Musicians start with nothing, no sound, no template and create elaborate tones and melodies. Many bands and groups have come from Tufts but one of the latest we’d like to feature, on Startup Beats, is Timeflies. At Tufts Cal Shapiro and Rob Resnick started a group called Timeflies. Before and while at Tufts both Cal and Rob (Rez) worked with many bands and technology making music. Rob was Music and Philosophy major and Cal a Music major with a minor in Entrepreneurship. In addition to talent, bootstrapping and a unique branding tool lead to viral adoption of Timeflies.

Timeflies Tuesdays have become a religion for their fans. If you’re not in the know, every Tuesday Rob and Cal whip out a new track on youtube, quenching fans’ thirst for more music from the duo. This tradition keeps fans coming back for more and helps personify  Timeflies. Since there’s a brand new video out, we thought we’d share.

You can find Cal and Rez on twitter @timeflies.

Check back next Wednesday for next Startup Beats

Tell us who you want to see featured next week!  Tweet us @tufts_e_society

Alumni: Laura Lang

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Graduate of Tufts University and The Wharton School of business, Laura Lang sat on the board of the Tufts University Entrepreneurial Leadership Program where she developed the current curriculum.  Since the ELS program did not exist while she was at Tufts, it has been her intellectual curiosity and drive that have allowed her to contribute to a number of different fields.

Lang has an impressive career and just ended her time at Boston company Digitas to join Time Inc as CEO.  Like any Jumbo, she has taken on the daunting task of monetizing Time Inc.’s magazines in stride. With the state of consumer and advertiser behavior constantly changing, Lang plans to use her expertise at Digitas to bring Time Inc.’s margins up.

Go out and pick up a copy of Time magazine or check out their website.  Stay tuned for more features and if you have a suggestion, email tuftsEsociety@gmail.com!