• A Tiny Wearable Device that could Revolutionize our Education System

    As someone who spends a lot of time thinking about the future of technology in education, I often get asked for technologies that I think are revolutionizing our education system. To most people’s surprise, my favorite answer is Google. Now, we don’t think of Google being an educational product, but …

  • The End of the Beginning

    Wow, what a summer. Christiaan really wasn’t joking when he said that the internship would just fly by. Yet when I reflect back on the past 9 weeks, I realize how much I’ve learned. Here’s a quick summation of my top three findings: 1. People, people, people. By far the …

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  • Comic-Con with Madefire

    San Diego Comic-Con, “the largest convention of its kind in the world,” according to David M. Ewalt, from Forbes Magazine, spans genres, with comic, movie, television, pop culture, and Sci-Fi industries of past and present joining together in one city and generally under one roof. Attending Comic-Con several weeks ago …

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  • The Marginal Returns of Advice

    If you’ve ever taken an Economics class you may recognize the meaning behind the blue curve above. The curve represents the Law of Diminishing Returns and it suggests there is a point (the middle phase in the graph above) when adding one more employee to a company will result in …

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  • Rocket Scientist + Founder + Student

    Last week, I had a chance to speak with Brendan Tseung, a co-founder and the CTO of Stanford-born startup, Phos. Although I lived only a quarter-mile away from Brendan last year (Both of us were coincidently living on the east side of Stanford’s campus), I hadn’t stumbled upon Phos and …

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Meeting with Christian Fernandez

It was last Tuesday at 12:40pm when I ran out of BrightRoll for lunch with someone I had been excited to meet for a few weeks. A few blocks away, I stopped to pick up some coffee in an attempt to reenergize myself, as I knew I wanted to be especially alert. …

Leah Busque, TaskRabbit CEO & Founder

One of my favorite things about being a summer intern is being able to play the student card. I love meeting various founders and asking about their entrepreneurial experiences from a learner’s point of view. As a student who is full of questions, I feel gratified when I can gain …

Self-Agency

Agency is something I think about constantly. It’s the driving force that fuels my optimism when I code, design, and envision my awesome summer intern project here at Neon. As someone who values self-agency and intrinsic motivation, I’m blessed to have responsibilities that enable all of the above. My summer …

Meng To

My older brother told me about Meng To. A designer, author, entrepreneur and more, Meng doesn’t fit under one label. In exploring my interest in design, I’ve come across works of art. What captivated me about Meng was his story. I got a glimpse of who Meng is on a …

Two Letters, Two Hours: Inside Yo’s first hackathon

The hackers at San Francisco’s Runway Incubator introduced themselves to each other with skeptical enthusiasm. “How’s it goin’?” said one, before quickly correcting himself: “Or maybe I should just say, ‘Yo.’” Pizza, computer chargers, and bottles of Blue Moon powered a hackathon last Friday that was organized by a messaging startup called Yo. …

Getting Settled In

Hello, My name is Sunena! I am a rising sophomore in the College at the University of Chicago. As of now, I am double majoring in economics and computer science but that may change. I am a member of True Ventures’ True Entrepreneur Corps and am interning at their portfolio …

A Bright(Roll) Start to My Summer

Hi! Let me introduce myself — my name is Vijay. I just finished my sophomore year at Stanford, where I’m majoring in Computer Science. I’ve spent my whole life growing up in or near the Silicon Valley, and, with my dad involved in the tech scene, part of me has …

Self-discovery

Hey, my name is Randa. I’m from Ann Arbor, MI and I’m entering my third year studying Computer Science at the University of Michigan. I like tech, rap and food, and outside of class I’m VP of Branding for MPowered Entrepreneurship. I landed in San Francisco on May 30th, thinking …