Re-re-starting blog…

I had no appreciation for how difficult it would be to maintain a regular blog. Clearly this is in itself a full-time job!

So many of the current cohort (MSx 2015) had said it was useful to read what I had wrote, so I’m going to try and complete my original vision of documenting my year at GSB.

But, before I do that, here’s the latest:

June 14-15 was graduation weekend for Stanford Class of 2014. As far as I know, everyone in our Sloan / MSx class graduated. Since then, many of our international classmates have returned to their home countries, with only a few staying here – several have found jobs all over the US and have started their new adventures.

There are at least 4 startups that I am aware of from our class. These startups cover the following industries:

  • Luxury Food
  • Medical Devices
  • Education Technology
  • Social Feedback (the team I am working on)

I’m working on Hinted.com with 2 classmates. We are creating a platform for users to give and receive feedback from their professional and personal social networks. Working through the Stanford Venture Studio, we were able to secure office space and are now working to complete our first public version.

I’m also getting ready to launch my first Kickstarter campaign. During Winter quarter, I spent a huge amount of time in the Mechanical Engineering Product Realization Lab for ME 318 – Computer Aided Manufacturing. While this class was a huge distraction from GSB studies, it was an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to study with some of the brightest Engineering students. As part of that class, I designed and developed a new type of wallet made from a single piece of milled aluminum. I’m calling it the Decadent Minimalist.

Ironically, Kickstarter just posted this article: Why are there so many wallets on Kickstarter?

Stanford d.school and PRL methods encouraged me to look at this problem from a completely different angle – so I really think I have the first revolutionary wallet design to hit Kickstarter. Most of the front-pocket wallets projects involve two metal plates held together with rubber bands – that was exactly what I was trying to avoid making.

Drop me a line if you find this idea intriguing – or, better yet, support my Kickstarter campaign when it launches. I’ll post a link here to keep you updated.

No longer a student, but always a Sloanie… 

-E

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