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"Every entrepreneur I know of is willing to work hard, get dirty, and do something most people could never dream of. A little over a year ago,  I ​left ​a cool, high paying job at ​Google to clean houses​. It seemed like a crazy thing to do, but I saw the magic in my willingness to get dirty and pursue my true passion for making sure everyone has a clean, comfortable & well-kept home. Since then, Blessee has grown to the point that I’m no longer doing any of the cleanings, but there have been many payoffs from that initial experience, like being able to have compassion for the people I hire, and having the ability to channel their perspective as I make decisions that end up affecting their work experience."​
A year ago, ​Camille ​left Google ​​to start Blessee, a new​ ​​residential cleaning company​.

"Every entrepreneur I know of is willing to work hard, get dirty, and do something most people could never dream of. A little over a year ago,  I ​left ​a cool, high paying job at ​Google to clean houses​. It seemed like a crazy thing to do, but I saw the magic in my willingness to get dirty and pursue my true passion for making sure everyone has a clean, comfortable & well-kept home. Since then, Blessee has grown to the point that I’m no longer doing any of the cleanings, but there have been many payoffs from that initial experience, like being able to have compassion for the people I hire, and having the ability to channel their perspective as I make decisions that end up affecting their work experience."​

A year ago, ​Camille ​left Google ​​to start Blessee, a new​ ​​residential cleaning company​.

"One time I was hungry after class and wanted to eat with someone, and I thought why can’t I just open my phone and see who else wants to eat? Why do I have to text a bunch of my friends who might not be free, who might not even answer me? Why can’t I simply open my phone and find someone to eat with? It’s such a simple idea that everyone should have thought about at some point and we’re just hoping to be the app that solves the problem." 
Paul & Omar created Sponta, a social networking app that let’s you find out which of your friends are free to grab food.

"One time I was hungry after class and wanted to eat with someone, and I thought why can’t I just open my phone and see who else wants to eat? Why do I have to text a bunch of my friends who might not be free, who might not even answer me? Why can’t I simply open my phone and find someone to eat with? It’s such a simple idea that everyone should have thought about at some point and we’re just hoping to be the app that solves the problem." 

Paul & Omar created Sponta, a social networking app that let’s you find out which of your friends are free to grab food.

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"A problem I had while at NYU was not knowing what everyone was up to. NYU is such a large school with so many students and no real central campus in one of the busiest cities in the world. The tradeoff of going to a school in a city with so many options is that there can be a lack of campus community. I created an app that helped organize that community, but found running a startup by myself was a lot of work."
David created Momentum, an app that curates event, and just joined Fever. He is now heading their nightlife division to create a fun community for all of New York City. 

"A problem I had while at NYU was not knowing what everyone was up to. NYU is such a large school with so many students and no real central campus in one of the busiest cities in the world. The tradeoff of going to a school in a city with so many options is that there can be a lack of campus community. I created an app that helped organize that community, but found running a startup by myself was a lot of work."

David created Momentum, an app that curates event, and just joined Fever. He is now heading their nightlife division to create a fun community for all of New York City. 

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"I don’t want to be defined by one profile. I have a lot of different things going on in my head — sometimes I wanna meet artists and sometimes I wanna meet people in commercial real estate. I want to meet them in the same place without having to search through different apps for different things. So, I started thinking where are all my ideas contained right now and right now it’s my notebook. What if there was a way for me to actually use all those thoughts inside my head and all the notes that I’ve been writing to start matching me with other people?"Chris is a developer working on Posyt, a mobile app that let’s you connect with others via ideas & notes.

"I don’t want to be defined by one profile. I have a lot of different things going on in my head — sometimes I wanna meet artists and sometimes I wanna meet people in commercial real estate. I want to meet them in the same place without having to search through different apps for different things. So, I started thinking where are all my ideas contained right now and right now it’s my notebook. What if there was a way for me to actually use all those thoughts inside my head and all the notes that I’ve been writing to start matching me with other people?"

Chris is a developer working on Posyt, a mobile app that let’s you connect with others via ideas & notes.

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"I think one of our greatest strengths so far is our flexibility. It’s not that we’re messing up less than anyone else - I think we’re probably messing up more at this stage than our competitors - but it’s our ability to change and adapt that gives us the greatest competitive advantage. Our network of student testers gives us the flexibility to tackle the kind of projects that no other QA firm is able to."
Noah and Lorenzo built Early Adopter Network, a company that provides quality assurance testing and other pre-launch services for startups via a network of student beta-testers.

"I think one of our greatest strengths so far is our flexibility. It’s not that we’re messing up less than anyone else - I think we’re probably messing up more at this stage than our competitors - but it’s our ability to change and adapt that gives us the greatest competitive advantage. Our network of student testers gives us the flexibility to tackle the kind of projects that no other QA firm is able to."

Noah and Lorenzo built Early Adopter Network, a company that provides quality assurance testing and other pre-launch services for startups via a network of student beta-testers.

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"I think that as we are transitioning more towards a generation that masters the language of images rather than the language of words, we need to have tools for complex communication." 
Nick created to.be, a digital creation platform.  

"I think that as we are transitioning more towards a generation that masters the language of images rather than the language of words, we need to have tools for complex communication." 

Nick created to.be, a digital creation platform.  

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"I learned by doing a lot of tutorials, rather than by taking a class. The first thing that just blew me away was a simple example that, wherever I touched the screen, a simple blue box would spin to my finger. Coding gave me this unreal power over the world inside this device— it was mindblowing.
You can’t think of a phone like a computer because it has this whole emotional component. People feel for their phone, whether for good or for bad. They think of it as their own little world, their own little aquarium or whatever, and they don’t want it to betray them. They don’t want it to crash, forget things, or look like anyone else’s phone. Developers should appreciate that bond.”
Drew is a bio-engineer turned patent attorney turned iOS developer. When he’s not working at a large pharmaceutical company, he’s building Smith & Sons.

"I learned by doing a lot of tutorials, rather than by taking a class. The first thing that just blew me away was a simple example that, wherever I touched the screen, a simple blue box would spin to my finger. Coding gave me this unreal power over the world inside this device— it was mindblowing.

You can’t think of a phone like a computer because it has this whole emotional component. People feel for their phone, whether for good or for bad. They think of it as their own little world, their own little aquarium or whatever, and they don’t want it to betray them. They don’t want it to crash, forget things, or look like anyone else’s phone. Developers should appreciate that bond.”

Drew is a bio-engineer turned patent attorney turned iOS developer. When he’s not working at a large pharmaceutical company, he’s building Smith & Sons.

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Despite all of our research, there’s always new stuff coming out that we’ve never thought of. We’re at the cusp of a great change in technology, everyone always says that about novel inventions. But this is something that people can feel and touch. This is actually a replicator from Star Trek and that is what makes it so amazing. For engineers, it’s rapid prototyping, they don’t have to go to a lab and pay so much money to try out new ideas. Think of all the inventions that will come out of that. For kids, to be able to feel and touch a plastic sarcophagus even though they’re thousands of miles from the real thing. We can’t wait to see where this field goes.
Yvan and Vincent started Rasabox after reading an Economist article about the future of additive manufacturing. After some discussion, they realized that one day when everyone owns a 3D printer at home, there would need to be someone to ferry designs to consumers all over the world. On reflection they realized that they should try to be this someone.

Despite all of our research, there’s always new stuff coming out that we’ve never thought of. We’re at the cusp of a great change in technology, everyone always says that about novel inventions. But this is something that people can feel and touch. This is actually a replicator from Star Trek and that is what makes it so amazing. For engineers, it’s rapid prototyping, they don’t have to go to a lab and pay so much money to try out new ideas. Think of all the inventions that will come out of that. For kids, to be able to feel and touch a plastic sarcophagus even though they’re thousands of miles from the real thing. We can’t wait to see where this field goes.

Yvan and Vincent started Rasabox after reading an Economist article about the future of additive manufacturing. After some discussion, they realized that one day when everyone owns a 3D printer at home, there would need to be someone to ferry designs to consumers all over the world. On reflection they realized that they should try to be this someone.

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"We recently received a negative review on the app store from a more senior professional. She said, ‘The sole glitch is that the app caters to a young professional generation.’ We’re trying to be a young professional app, so we were happy to hear we’re doing a good job. We want Coffee to be the platform for young people to get comfortable being professionals by networking with other young professionals & discovering jobs they can be passionate about."
CoffeeTheApp aims to connect the next generation of professionals through a mobile networking platform as a casual way to build your network.

"We recently received a negative review on the app store from a more senior professional. She said, ‘The sole glitch is that the app caters to a young professional generation.’ We’re trying to be a young professional app, so we were happy to hear we’re doing a good job. We want Coffee to be the platform for young people to get comfortable being professionals by networking with other young professionals & discovering jobs they can be passionate about."

CoffeeTheApp aims to connect the next generation of professionals through a mobile networking platform as a casual way to build your network.

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“You don’t need an MBA to be some guy or girl who started a big company. If you’re really interested in building a big business, you have to really go all in. You can’t really do it half-way. There are a lot of people who try to keep their job while trying to go and do it at the same time. The level of commitment is not going to be there. When you go all in just make sure you have a really good plan and make sure your idea is really really rock solid, the best way to test your idea and to figure out how good / bad it is, ask someone who really hates your guts…if they can’t come up with a good reason to release that anger, then you are in a good place.” 
When Amit isn’t in school, he’s leading 25 developers at AIT Consulting to work with companies that range from technology startups and Fortune 500 companies. 

“You don’t need an MBA to be some guy or girl who started a big company. If you’re really interested in building a big business, you have to really go all in. You can’t really do it half-way. There are a lot of people who try to keep their job while trying to go and do it at the same time. The level of commitment is not going to be there. When you go all in just make sure you have a really good plan and make sure your idea is really really rock solid, the best way to test your idea and to figure out how good / bad it is, ask someone who really hates your guts…if they can’t come up with a good reason to release that anger, then you are in a good place.” 

When Amit isn’t in school, he’s leading 25 developers at AIT Consulting to work with companies that range from technology startups and Fortune 500 companies. 

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"There’s something, I think, called the Designer’s Crisis. At some point, you wonder where you’re going in this field and why you’re doing what you’re doing — Is it important? Is it relevant? I think in design, there’s a lot of pressure to change the world from ambitious programs that give you these amazing opportunities and methodologies in which you can fix huge complex problems. There’s a lot of pressure to go out and do that but often that’s very difficult to do. You get caught up in the industry or working for somebody else and you don’t quite feel like you’re meeting those expectations, that perhaps you set for yourself. It’s hard not knowing if what you’re doing is valuable or valued."
Richard is a designer who recently graduated from the Products of Design Masters program at SVA and created The Cloud, an interactive lamp and speaker system that mimics a thundercloud.  

"There’s something, I think, called the Designer’s Crisis. At some point, you wonder where you’re going in this field and why you’re doing what you’re doing — Is it important? Is it relevant? I think in design, there’s a lot of pressure to change the world from ambitious programs that give you these amazing opportunities and methodologies in which you can fix huge complex problems. There’s a lot of pressure to go out and do that but often that’s very difficult to do. You get caught up in the industry or working for somebody else and you don’t quite feel like you’re meeting those expectations, that perhaps you set for yourself. It’s hard not knowing if what you’re doing is valuable or valued."

Richard is a designer who recently graduated from the Products of Design Masters program at SVA and created The Cloud, an interactive lamp and speaker system that mimics a thundercloud.  

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"With people changing jobs every two years and over 70% of the population disengaged work as we know it isn’t working. People are after far more than a paycheck and job title: they’re seeking the ability to self actualize, deepen their relationships online and offline and achieve something greater than themselves at work. People are seeking purpose. Existing professional platforms are designed by the old guard and falling short of meeting these needs - we’re in need of a refresh. We’re creating Imperative to become that new professional platform to achieve purpose at work so that what you do is an extension of who you are, not the other way around."
Blue and Arthur lead Imperative, a new professional platform that uses personal development tools to personalize the way you build your professional identity, forge deeper relationships and manage a portfolio of aligned work opportunities. 

"With people changing jobs every two years and over 70% of the population disengaged work as we know it isn’t working. People are after far more than a paycheck and job title: they’re seeking the ability to self actualize, deepen their relationships online and offline and achieve something greater than themselves at work. People are seeking purpose. Existing professional platforms are designed by the old guard and falling short of meeting these needs - we’re in need of a refresh. We’re creating Imperative to become that new professional platform to achieve purpose at work so that what you do is an extension of who you are, not the other way around."

Blue and Arthur lead Imperative, a new professional platform that uses personal development tools to personalize the way you build your professional identity, forge deeper relationships and manage a portfolio of aligned work opportunities. 

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​“Humans and their relationships is such an interesting topic, especially how the phone plays into the nuances of those interactions. With Humin we’re finding that by re-imagining your contacts app, you can actually strengthen your real-world ties. It doesn’t shove people into alphabetical lists, it puts people into the context of your own network. When I land in a new city, Humin tells me who lives there. When people are visiting, Humin brings up their information and I reach out. It creates those serendipitous moments and makes people feel really special.
We’re working on a problem users want us to solve. When you’re doing something, like data entry for example, you’d never think before your first CS class that you’d need to automate it because it’s so awful. But then after, it just changes they way you think about what can be automated, what tedium you shouldn’t have to deal with. You create apps and plugins and extensions to solve those little problems.
At Claremont McKenna I studied both computer science and philosophy. I was interested in what implications of agency had to do with artificial intelligence. As artificially intelligent beings become more of a reality, there comes the question, is there a moral code for machines?”
Arielle Zuckerberg | Humin

​“Humans and their relationships is such an interesting topic, especially how the phone plays into the nuances of those interactions. With Humin we’re finding that by re-imagining your contacts app, you can actually strengthen your real-world ties. It doesn’t shove people into alphabetical lists, it puts people into the context of your own network. When I land in a new city, Humin tells me who lives there. When people are visiting, Humin brings up their information and I reach out. It creates those serendipitous moments and makes people feel really special.

We’re working on a problem users want us to solve. When you’re doing something, like data entry for example, you’d never think before your first CS class that you’d need to automate it because it’s so awful. But then after, it just changes they way you think about what can be automated, what tedium you shouldn’t have to deal with. You create apps and plugins and extensions to solve those little problems.

At Claremont McKenna I studied both computer science and philosophy. I was interested in what implications of agency had to do with artificial intelligence. As artificially intelligent beings become more of a reality, there comes the question, is there a moral code for machines?”

Arielle Zuckerberg | Humin

“A lot of programmers have kids but they don’t always talk about it so a lot of times you’ll work with people and you might not even know they have a kid. Startups kinda builds this environment where you expect most people to not have kids. So the challenge is finding these people and sharing how to have time with your kid after work and also finding time to program. It’s hard to find time for family and coding, and that’s not the traditional view of most hackers.”
Stefan Hayden is a front end developer working with one of many small teams at Shutterstock. During his off time, he builds twitterbots like @InternetHugs.

“A lot of programmers have kids but they don’t always talk about it so a lot of times you’ll work with people and you might not even know they have a kid. Startups kinda builds this environment where you expect most people to not have kids. So the challenge is finding these people and sharing how to have time with your kid after work and also finding time to program. It’s hard to find time for family and coding, and that’s not the traditional view of most hackers.”

Stefan Hayden is a front end developer working with one of many small teams at Shutterstock. During his off time, he builds twitterbots like @InternetHugs.

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“My personal Freeflow series is all about doing things that are creative — it contains no problem solving, or design thinking, it is a way to escape that realm and be free to create. The only restriction is that it has to be quick, so about a half hour to an hour each day. I try to not get too emotionally involved in each piece because then I tend to focus too much on detail and never finish them. I usually spend a few days on my larger pieces and I get really attached to them and sometimes I can never look at them again because I’ll see an issue with it that nobody else sees. The Freeflow series is a just simple way to get away from that stuff and just bring color back into my life and start doing things that are not necessarily trying to solve a design problem but instead to have FUN.”
“Currently I give away a free wallpaper size of my Freeflows. I’m currently procuring a printer to print and distribute small quantities of them and my next step for this series is to give away the PSDs as well, to allow anyone a chance to remix and have fun with my work.”
Bryan Berger is a Lead UI Designer at IAC and created a daily art series to keep his creative juices flowing. | freeflow.me

“My personal Freeflow series is all about doing things that are creative — it contains no problem solving, or design thinking, it is a way to escape that realm and be free to create. The only restriction is that it has to be quick, so about a half hour to an hour each day. I try to not get too emotionally involved in each piece because then I tend to focus too much on detail and never finish them. I usually spend a few days on my larger pieces and I get really attached to them and sometimes I can never look at them again because I’ll see an issue with it that nobody else sees. The Freeflow series is a just simple way to get away from that stuff and just bring color back into my life and start doing things that are not necessarily trying to solve a design problem but instead to have FUN.”

“Currently I give away a free wallpaper size of my Freeflows. I’m currently procuring a printer to print and distribute small quantities of them and my next step for this series is to give away the PSDs as well, to allow anyone a chance to remix and have fun with my work.”

Bryan Berger is a Lead UI Designer at IAC and created a daily art series to keep his creative juices flowing. | freeflow.me

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