Claremont McKenna College’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship now bears Randall Lewis’s name in honor and recognition of the real estate industry leader. Lewis '73 P'10 P'11 P'13 was celebrated recently for his loyal commitment to the College.
“The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is the perfect home for Randall’s name,” said CMC trustee Jim McElwee ’74 P’12, Lewis’ classmate and longtime friend.
Like many students, Biniyam Asnake ’20 was astounded by the high cost of textbooks, which can sometimes top $200 a piece. Trying to buy used books from other students through online marketplaces, he found, wasn’t much help. “You could spend an hour looking for a book and you may never find it,” he said.
Why, he wondered, couldn’t there be a search tool as easy to use as Google? The Computer Science major from Los Angeles decided last year to create one.
Creating engaging and accessible therapy for children on the autism spectrum is a vexing challenge, but five CMC seniors have used their education to craft an innovative new approach: a video game.
Their game, called Social Cipher, virtually recreates social situations so that gamers can better understand emotional reactions and build empathy. Social Cipher recently placed eighth in the National Geographic Chasing Genius: Unlimited Innovation challenge, which had more than 1,000 entrants.
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.