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Hey! As you’ve probably noticed by the fact that I haven’t posted since Summer of 2014, I have officially stopped using this blog. Senior year was great, I finished my Digital Media thesis on Transmedia Digital Productions and graduated from Scripps College with a B.A. in Digital Media and a minor in Psychology.
As of April 2016 I work as a Project Coordinator at a software company in Southern California, and will be tracking my post-grad life on AlicenLewis.com. Follow me there if you still want to know what’s up!
This blog is going on a temporary hiatus due to the fact that I am studying abroad in Ireland for 5 months. Since this is a tech blog, I’ve made a secondary blog where I will be posting my Irish adventures http://alicenabroad.wordpress.com/. If I have any tech or startup adventures there, I’ll be sure to post them here as well.
Lots of love,
Last Friday was my adventure in entrepreneurship. First I attended a lecture by the brilliant Bill Gross, creator of Idealab, an incubator in Pasadena. 4 hours later, I had the luck to speak with the President of Idealab, Marcia Goodstein. The first time I saw Bill Gross was at the Innovation Summit in October, where I unfortunately missed the beginning of his speech (which luckily made up the bulk of his presentation at CMC). He talked about the 10 most important parts of successful startups:
- Pursue your passion
- The more disruptive the better
- Don’t spend ahead of success/traction
- Timing matters
- Execution really matters
- Survive until the market’s ready
- Recognize your strengths
- Teamwork Matters
- Listen and Iterate – Turn on ideas
- Harness your user’s passion
Other important points he made:
- Give out lots of equity to encourage people to join the start-up team.
- The only way you can win against big companies is by outmaneuvering them with your small size. Keep your ear to the ground, listen to your customers, and adapt quickly.
- Find the things that don’t work.
And finally, all truths pass through three phases, so sometimes you just need to push through:
- Violently opposed
- Self evident
After his presentation, we were allowed to ask questions. Some of the most interesting were:
Q: What are the positions necessary in a start-up?
- Entrepreneurial – Dream
- Producer – Get things done
- Administrative – Coordinate/Infrastructure
- Integrator – Bring different people and parts together
Q: How important is company culture?
A: Success breeds culture, culture does not breed success.
Q: What’s important in a company?
A: Mutual trust, respect, openness, and transparency. Transparency is extra effort in that you need to train your coworkers to know what to do with the information they learn about the company.
Q: Is working in start-up environments like Silicon Valley or Silicon Beach important?
A: It’s helpful to see people going through the same hardships, and share resources.
It was wonderful to hear advice from such an experienced individual in the start-up field, and I hope I get the chance to put his words to good use. My next blog post will be about my talk with Marcia Goodstein, I hope you look forward to it!
I came up with the idea for a sketch/was also in it for Geek and Sundry! You should watch it!
This week has been really hard, so here’s a blast from the past of going to the Aquarium of the Pacific last weekend.
I’ll be better next week.
This is old, but my sister mentioned me in a Magic the Gathering article she wrote. It gives me the warm and fuzzies ❤ (although I corrected her in that she wrote ‘Rakdos for my bold and exuberant little sister’ whereas it should read ‘Rakdos for my destructive and pyromaniac little sister’).
For those nonplayers, in Magic, there are 5 guilds: Azorius Senate, Golgari Swarm, Izzet League, Cult of Rakdos, and Selesnya Conclave. As my sister describes in her article, each guild has a particular flavor and personality. I instantly associated with the Cult of Rakdos because a. it’s a CULT, b. it’s red/black, and c. it’s fast and aggressive. The funny part is I’m still a little hesitant while playing it, which sometimes leads to my downfall. Basically I need to learn to go all out until I have nothing left, which is my philosophy in life anyway. It’s interesting how something as superficial as a guild in a card game forces you to evaluate your own identity. Sometimes I wish that I was a little slower, a little better at planning, to have the ability to play more guilds. Hopefully that will come with time, for what is maturity if not learning to adapt and change?
v My new home v
Forgot to post about it, but I went to the Gatecrash Prerelease earlier this month. We got to the Monstore 30 minutes early, but by the time we got to choose guilds Boros was gone. I ended up choosing Gruul instead, which wasn’t too bad (although I do miss Rakdos). Speaking of Rakdos, my sister included me in her latest article regarding choosing guilds on GatheringMagic, go check it out! I must say I must definitely am Rakdos, and Gruul did not go well for me at all. I went 1-4, but I played a girl where it was her first time ever, and I think I managed to encourage her to continue the game. Maybe it’s just my loser side speaking, but that actually made it worth it for me (such a sap). Plus it was just fun in general, everyone honestly just wants to play and have fun at those events.
I’m also just glad I got to go. I know someone who couldn’t find a ride because his friends were recovering from partying the night before. Silly people, don’t they know magic always comes first?