Enplug won the Consumer Electronics Show’s LaunchFest Startup Pitch Competition! Thank you Angel Launch for hosting this fun event. We competed against 8 other great startups ranging from a kickstarter for films to a carsharing company. I really enjoyed meeting the founders of these companies, who came from all parts of the US.
Woke up this morning with an email saying “Congratulations” from a friend. I had no idea what he was talking about so it was a nice surprise to learn about this list Under30CEO.com put out! This was really exciting! I don’t know if I really deserve this yet, but I’ll take it
I had such a fun time speaking on this panel. My recommendations (not that I am qualified to give any advice) to anyone that wants to start their own company:
1. Team is everything. You can make a great company with a bad idea and a great team, but you can’t make a great company with a good idea and a bad team.
2. Make sacrifices. You need to be willing to make less money, sleep less, and have less free time.
3. You must love and be proud of what you’re building.
I’m excited to be a part of The YEC!
“The Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) is an invite-only nonprofit organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. The YEC promotes entrepreneurship as a solution to unemployment and underemployment and provides entrepreneurs with access to tools, mentorship, and resources that support each stage of their business’s development and growth.”
Hosted by Ken Rutkowski (the CEO of METal International), KFWB 980′s “Business Rockstars” is a show that shares stories from successful entrepreneurs. Check out a recording of the interview we had on September 10th here: http://businessrockstars.com/br/2012/09/business-rockstars-ep61-mon-910/
The first 10 minutes is Ken’s introduction about the show and a little background about me. The next 20 minutes are my interview
My biotech startup, Nanoly Bioscience, is a Top 10 finalist for NASA’s $110K Award for businesses creating new technology that will benefit space. It’s been more than exciting that a project I started with my friend last year has been recognized by NASA!
It has been an incredible journey with the Nanoly team. I don’t think any of us realized, when we first started theorizing our technology solution, that it could be so transformative-let alone something that NASA might use. Hopefully, this demonstrates how important it is to always Think Big!
A collaboration between NASA and The Space Frontier, The NASA New Space Frontier Competition recognizes entrepreneurs developing supporting, problem-solving, and game-changing technologies for the space industry.
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Nanoly won 3rd place overall out of 1,800 teams and we won the Audience Choice Award! Thank you Dell, The University of Texas, and Silverback Enterprise Group for hosting this incredible global event!
Nanoly is 1 of 5 finalists selected out of over 1,500 submissions for the Dell Social Innovation Challenge. I couldn’t be more excited!
Dell’s Social Innovation Challenge aligns precisely with Nanoly’s social mission. Our team is motivated by our goal to bring vaccines to places in the world that traditionally do not receive proper immunization access. This competition is an incredible opportunity for Nanoly to demonstrate our global impact!
The finalist competition is in Austin, Texas from June 8-13. My teammate Peter and I will be traveling to Austin to present to a panel of judges. We’ll keep you updated!
As a recent graduate of the Haas School of Business, it was an absolute honor to receive the Haas Alumni Leadership Award. The Haas community has made such an impact in my decision to pursue entrepreneurship. I am truly thankful to the Haas Alumni Network San Francisco chapter for this scholarship award, especially Mr. Aaron Mendelson, who is the president of the chapter. The award reception was hosted at the incredibly beautiful Autodesk Gallery venue in San Francisco. Doug Leone, head of Sequoia Capital, was the keynote speaker. He shared a very insightful talk on entrepreneurship and venture capital. It was a great way to conclude my studies at Haas!