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ECHOING GREEN AWARDS ENSTITUTE FELLOWSHIPJune 11, 2013 · 0 Comments
TweetTHIRTY-SEVEN INDIVIDUALS TO RECEIVE A COLLECTIVE TOTAL OF OVER $2 MILLION IN SEED FUNDING TO AFFECT SOCIAL CHANGE. New York, June 11, 2013 – Echoing Green today announced that Enstitute co-founders Kane Sarhan and Shaila Ittycheria are recipients of an Echoing Green 2013 Fellowship. Sarhan and Ittycheria are among 37 Fellows that will receive $2
A Backpacker’s Story – Dinner with Drake BaerMarch 28, 2013 · 0 Comments
TweetI’m honored to write about this week’s dinner guest, Drake Baer. His visit felt very different from most – Drake enraptured each of the 11 fellows listening at the dinner table. Drake has a keen way of telling stories – magical stories, in fact – that I’ll humbly attempt to re-create in my own words.
My Enstitute ExperienceMarch 21, 2013 · 3 Comments
TweetHonestly, before I came across Enstitute, the idea of not going to college had never crossed my mind. I was planning to do what most high school graduates do…go to college. I’m sure the experience would have been great, but what would I have really gotten out of it? Let’s look at college for what
Trusting Where Your Inspiration Leads YouFebruary 20, 2013 · 1 Comments
TweetI’m left with the necessities — backpack, clothes, laptop — and no agenda whatsoever. After spending an evening on Hipmunk looking at international flights, I’ve decided that I want to spend time in India. I’m not exactly sure for how long, what I want to do, or where I want to go. I do know,
Musings of A VC over DinnerJanuary 30, 2013 · 0 Comments
TweetWhile Nikhil Kalghatgi might be ‘spitting term sheets like they’re going out of style’ on a daily basis, he stopped by for an incredibly candid, fun, and humbling dinner. Nikhil is a NYC venture capitalist at Softbank Capital (portfolio ranges from Associated Content to Zynga). The venture capital world is notorious for being a ‘learn
The Enstitute ExperienceJanuary 23, 2013 · 0 Comments
Dealing with Sunk Costs: A Dinner with Black OceanJanuary 22, 2013 · 0 Comments
TweetAt a recent Enstitute dinner with Oliver Ripley, Dickon Waterfield, and Miguel Calderon of Black Ocean, one of the fellows asked the trio what their biggest learning experience had been to date. Dickon replied “sunk cost fallacy.” The three of them explained a dilemma in which they had to choose between cutting off funding to
From Ordinary to Extraordinary: Transformational LeadershipJanuary 11, 2013 · 0 Comments
TweetLiving in NYC and constantly interacting with entrepreneurs, VCs, and thought leaders has provided me with the opportunity to witness great leadership through executive decisions, intelligent conversations, out-of-the-box thinking, and unparalleled vision, amongst other things.
School Cliff: Learning That Doesn’t SuckJanuary 11, 2013 · 0 Comments
TweetSchool Cliff: Learning That Doesn’t Suck by Katie Vander Ark was originally published on GettingSmart.com. ____ A college prof called yesterday. He said, “College sucks.” He’s taking a couple courses as a humbling market research project. He found dated content and tools and disengaged students. I said, “If you want to see disengagement, you should try
One Year OutDecember 18, 2012 · 0 Comments
TweetThis post was originally posted on The Huffington Post. — It has been just over a year since I made the jump with Shaila (my cofounder) and started Enstitute. We’ve had a hell of a year. We’ve done a lot of things right. We’ve done even more things wrong. We’ve laughed, fought, hugged it out,
Dinner with Scott BelskyDecember 6, 2012 · 0 Comments
TweetDinner with Scott Belsky- Co-Founder of Behance, an online platform that helps connect artists and designers to companies while showcasing their work effectively and efficiently. As we bombard Scott with question after question- rendering him unable to bring his fork to his face more than a handful of times- he delivers what this fellow believes
Applications Have Opened!December 6, 2012 · 0 Comments
TweetEnstitute Enlists Support of The Kauffman Foundation and Opens New Applications Expands Education Program to Include Digital Media/Advertising & Non-Profit/ Social Good NEW YORK, NY – Enstitute, the startup apprenticeship based higher education program, announced today their expansion into Digital Media/Advertising and Non-Profits/Social Good with the launch of applications for their next class of
Bits of Life, Learning and Working at BitlyNovember 12, 2012 · 0 Comments
Tweet During the past month and a half at E[nstitute], I have experienced more than I could’ve possibly imagined. Looking back, the two weeks of boot camp definitely set the pace for the next two years of our apprenticeships through back-to-back projects to event planning on $100 budgets—all with unexpected issues and changes popping up
My First Term PaperNovember 12, 2012 · 0 Comments
Tweet My first mistake comes in the form of realizing a big difference between college and the real world. A rude awakening found me just two days into my apprenticeship. On my second day at Holstee, I was assigned my first real task: competitor research. My first thought was “Hell yeah! How official does that
Catching Up With WeezieNovember 12, 2012 · 0 Comments
Tweet Nine months ago I would have never guessed that I would be living in New York City and apprenticing for Sascha Lewis, the entrepreneur who co-founded Flavorpill, a creative and well-regarded events and media production company. I couldn’t have conceived that I’d be residing in an amazing loft in the financial district with ten
We’re Looking for Interns!November 12, 2012 · 0 Comments
Tweet What we are looking for: We are looking for a go-getter with an entrepreneurial spirit. You led every club in high school and started initiatives in your hometown. Sitting in a classroom is not quite the answer for you because you prefer to learn by doing. An ideal addition to our team shares our
Always make time for Thanks!November 11, 2012 · 0 Comments
TweetIt is really easy to get caught up in the day-to-day of creating something new. One thing we always want to make time for is thanking others. Like everyone who is building something new, it was our friends, family, and colleagues that helped make E[nstitute] a reality. From donations, to building furniture, we have a great
Sneak Peak into the E[nstitute] HQNovember 11, 2012 · 0 Comments
Tweet We are so excited to announce that the E[nstitute] fellows have touched down in NYC! Here is a sneak peek into our HQ so far.
Let’s Talk…furniture :)November 11, 2012 · 0 Comments
Tweet We have signed the lease for our amazing E[nstitute] Headquarters in the financial district & will start welcoming fellows in mid-September. From the very beginning, we’ve committed to running everything very lean & we are carrying that philosophy through our decorating of our new HQ. We have to fill a 3400 sq/ft loft with
Interview with Michael Johnstone, Mark Cuban CompaniesNovember 11, 2012 · 0 Comments
Tweet Here at E[nstitute] we are advocates for those entrepreneurs that are constantly paving the pathway for future generations. We also believe that they have a lot to teach! We’ll be starting a series of interviews with entrepreneurs that we think are game changers and trailblazers. Last week we had the pleasure of interviewing Michael
Congrats to Wiley Cerilli and SinglePlatformNovember 11, 2012 · 0 Comments
Tweet We want to congratulate one of our entrepreneurs Will Cerilli and his team at SinglePlatform on being acquired by Constant Contact. This is a huge accomplishment and exactly why we are so proud to have him as one of our entrepreneurs.