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Idealab Product Team Intern

First week at Idealab!  For those of you who don’t know, Idealab has been my dream internship ever since I became interested in startup culture, and after two interviews while traveling Europe (and accidentally locking myself out of my hostel room during one of them), I managed to secure it.  A little context: Idealab is a Startup Incubator in Pasadena, meaning they take the very beginnings of business ideas and test them (using lean methodology) to see if they would survive as companies.

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Out of over 100 applications, our supervisors chose a team of 7 (only 6 actually work here now, the 7th one couldn’t get a visa).  We have Amol, a USC student from India who is incredibly clever in terms of questioning things instead of just accepting ‘that’s just the way they are’ ; Harrison, also from USC but originally from Hong Kong who is already working on his own business called Study Bloc; Dana, a phenomenal graphic and UX designer who is also an engineer from Stanford; Adam, a CS major from Vanderbilt; and Andrew, a finance guru from Columbia.

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Our skills complement each other nicely, and I’ve really been enjoying working with them so far.  We’ve just started a project called [name redacted until project complete] where we are trying to get a subscription service for gadgets off the ground.  Basically every month for a small fee you’ll get a box with some cool gadgets inside. We’re just starting off with building a website to see if anyone is interested, and we’ll see how it goes from there.  I’m taking point on the project (essentially becoming the product manager), so I hope it works out!

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