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Free Money for Student Tech Founders

Starting a new business as a student is daunting. How can you get free money and other support for your business idea?  I have been researching this both to support Versatile VC’s portfolio companies and also as part of research for my new book, To University and Beyond: Launch Your Career in High Gear. In...

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Free workshop on graduate school and college admissions

I’m about to come out with a book I’ve been writing since I was a Yale junior, To University and Beyond: Launch Your Career in High Gear. My coauthor is Mandee Heller Adler, CEO of International College Counselors (ICC), one of the largest educational consulting companies in the world.  ICC offers free, impactful one-hour webinars...

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My new book: To University and Beyond: Launch Your Career in High Gear

 Dear Friends, I’m happy to share that Wiley is publishing a book I started writing while in college, To University and Beyond: Launch Your Career in High Gear. We believe this is an essential resource for all students in college and graduate school. It would mean a lot to me if you would share...

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How universities can keep alumni excited and connected

A new board member of the Alumni Association for one of the Ivies reached out and asked me for some ideas on how they could better engage their graduates. I took this as a challenge, and brainstormed a list of ideas on how universities can do more to engage their alumni community.  I thought this...

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Alternatives to College: Get Paid to Learn

As part of the research for my book, To University and Beyond: Launch Your Career in High Gear, I’ve been researching alternatives to college. Given how COVID impacted universities, I think people are being forced to reconsider the real value of traditional college. A traditional 4-year college is not the right choice for everyone. It...

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Ten career hacks most people don’t do…but should

I agree with Brad Feld: Most people flake.  If you’re not a flake, you are far more likely be trusted, promoted, and funded.  If you execute on the steps below, you’re well on your way to being a top quartile performer. I gave a presentation to Womensphere a few months ago on the most valuable...

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How To Present So People will Hear

You probably have to make presentations, but does the audience hear what you’re saying?  And do they believe it? Based on my experience in investment banking and strategy consulting, I’ve put together a 3-part series on how to prepare memos and presentations that people will read and believe. Part 1 was How to Write a Memo...

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How to Write a Memo That People Will Actually Read

I spent many late nights as an investment banker and strategy consultant early in my career.  My #1 learning from that experience (besides financial modeling) was how to communicate in an effective way, particularly with senior executives.  As  training now for my team at ff Venture Capital, I’ve written a three-part series on communications.  And...

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