An internship at Hewlett-Packard working in 3D printing with friend and Claremont McKenna College alumnus Shamil Hargovan ’10 never materialized like Louis-Victor (LV) Jadavji ’15 had originally hoped when he completed the Silicon Valley Program. However, three months after Jadavji began an excellent job elsewhere, the two friends sat in a café and had a conversation that dramatically changed the path of their careers.
CMC’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) is making sure that students with great ideas get a taste of what it’s like to run a startup.
The CIE’s new program, the Startup Award, allows students to apply for funding to take their startup idea from paper-napkin stage to real working business, said Aman Raghuvanshi ’18, who heads up venture development as a student associate at CIE. “We’ll work with applicants to set milestones, which we then translate into accountable goals.”
Jumana Abu-Ghazaleh '92, founder and CEO of betwixt.us, was named to the 40 Women to Watch Over 40 list.
Abu-Ghazaleh, a Literature and Philosophy major at CMC, spent more than 20 years in the marketing industry working on brand strategy for American Express, Yahoo, Coca-Cola, Bank of America and Hilton Hotels before shifting gears and founding the online platform betwixt.us. Betwixt aims to correct the trend toward shallow online relationships spreading to working life and "bring rapport to the cloud."
Jack Lamb '11, co-founder and CEO of Aslan Brewing Co. in Bellingham, Wash., was profiled in Forbes this month.
Offered a marketing job with Microsoft fresh out of CMC, he decided on a different path. “It’s a nice office but it’s still a cubicle zoo,” Lamb told Forbes. “I couldn’t see myself sitting in a cubicle. It wasn’t for me.”
So Lamb took a "random writing job" while deciding his next move. He eventually found his calling, founding an organic microbrewery and restaurant with three friends.
As CMC’s Silicon Valley Program (SVP) begins its fifth year, it can look back on major successes. To date, 115 students from CMC and other Claremont Colleges have interned and studied in Silicon Valley, working in start-ups, established companies and nonprofit organizations, and learning what it takes to be successful in areas like product development, communications/marketing, human resources, and finance.
By Yi Shun Lai ’96
CMC’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship hosted its second annual Angel Summit during this year’s Alumni Weekend.
Award-winning technology journalist Kara Swisher interviewed two successful CMC entrepreneurs, Henry Albrecht ’91 and Jason Soll ’11. Both stressed the importance of mission and heart in any entrepreneurial endeavor, approaching the subject from different angles.
Claremont McKenna College has been selected to host the National Campus Leadership Council’s (NCLC) 2016 Climate Leadership Summit on Saturday, April 23, from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
CMC students Sam Becker ’19, Will Su ’16, and Jessica Bass ’17 submitted a proposal nominating CMC as host of the 2016 Climate Leadership Summit. The NCLC, Defend Our Future, and the Environmental Defense Fund then selected CMC to host the only summit on the West Coast.
By Emily Gran '16 and Thomas Hague '16
Jerry Lin ’07 majored in Economics with Honors and the Financial Economics sequence at CMC. Truth to tell, he lost a lot of sleep cramming for exams, but he’s made up for it with a new ecommerce business he recently launched – Helix Sleep – that deals in mattresses.
And so far, media buzz on his company (stories in Fast Company, Entrepreneur, Fortune and Fox News) is enough to keep anyone wide awake.
The undergraduate years are a pivotal time when students are encouraged not only to try new things, but also to recognize an important fact: Mistakes are necessary on the road to new ideas and self-discovery.