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On Knowing When It’s Right with Alissa Micciulla
“How can we wear a ton of stuff all the time without owning it?” is the question Alissa Micciulla tells me started her business, over a holiday brunch visit with an old friend during Alissa’s first year at Darden School of Busines...
18 Aug 2017
Neoblock’s Vijay George on DIY for the Tech Generation
The DIY projects of generations past may have skewed more towards re-painting a bathroom or sewing together a new outfit, but as Vijay George proves, the Millennial generation is creating whole new worlds on their own, powered through the internet a...
11 Aug 2017
On Going Beyond the Comfort Zone with MIND Pharmaceuticals
Jiang He is the type of person – shockingly numerous at a place like UVA – whose sheer list of accomplishments can make your head spin. A nano-medicine specialist, He has spent the past 17 years conducting pharmaceutical research here in...
10 Aug 2017
Babylon Micro-Farms Founder Alexander Olesen on Finding Freedom in Hard Work
Many folks think of startup life as all t-shirts and “take your dog to work” days, but Babylon Micro-farms founder Alexander Olesen takes a slightly different tack. “I guess I take a corporate approach to startups,” he tells ...
10 Aug 2017
The Importance of Grit with TETNOVA Co-Founder Eric Tetlow
Recent UVA graduate Eric Tetlow (‘17) knows a thing or two about grit. “If there’s one strength I can boast about, [it’s that] I think I have grit on my shoulders,” the TETNOVA co-founder tells me. A former UVA football...
9 Aug 2017
Beanstalk | Jack Ross on Climbing the Vertical Vine toward Success
“I’ve always liked solving problems, the harder the better,” Jack Ross tells me when we sit down to talk about his venture, Beanstalk. He comes by this inclination honestly, bearing the family resemblance for problem-solving that i...
8 Aug 2017
PAKA’s Kris Cody Talks Travel Magic
When hearing someone throw together the notion of ‘surfers,’ ‘alpacas,’ and ‘grandmothers,’ your first thought might be that you must have stumbled into a particularly esoteric game of Apples to Apples. Howe...
31 Jul 2017
Myriad Data Solutions – On Scary Statistics and Wise Words
Jim Finnerty, recent Darden School of Business graduate and one of three founders of Myriad Data Solutions, seems to enjoy leaving his conversation partners with a new bit of trivia, an eye-opening piece of data, or an iconic quote that you’ll...
31 Jul 2017
Thrive Partners On Finding Fit in order to Flourish
The word “thrive” is one of those expressions that instantly conjure up a host of feelings and connotations. It’s funny how one small word can immediately call to mind a fully formed idea – one of flourishing in a place, oppo...
27 Jul 2017
Talking Complementary Combinations with Nuna Med’s Ali Barta and Anthony Roberts
Sometimes finding a complementary pairing can make all the difference. Nuna Med Founder and CEO Ali Barta believes that one of the most potent examples of this idea is in the combination of scientific and natural health remedies. When I sit down wit...
21 Jul 2017
Entrepreneurship in Unlikely Places with LLEEL3A
Alexander Stronko carries an engineering notebook with him wherever he goes, recording anything and everything he thinks might someday be useful. Luckily, that means that he happened to capture, in detailed meeting minutes, the first day he was conn...
21 Jul 2017
On Embracing Uncharted Territory with TuMejorCredito.com.ar
In sailing, much like in entrepreneurship, one must have the ability to shift with the winds. As an avid sailor in his native Rosario, Argentina, Maximiliano A. Isa Pavia, a recent Darden School of Business graduate (2017) and founder of TuMejorCred...
18 Jul 2017
Marching to the Beat of the Local Drum with TuneCat
We all have that friend who’s in the know about every cool music venue in town – the one who can recite the upcoming performance schedule of favorite local bands as if it was his/her own personal calendar. Well, your friend should meet t...
14 Jul 2017
Bridging Many Worlds with Exemplum Studios’ Atthar Mirza
Art can be a powerful way to bridge many of the gaps that exist in our world – bringing people together across perceived divides among cultures, genders, ages, and many more categories. These days, the same could certainly be said for technolo...
13 Jul 2017
Pitching from the Stakeholder Perspective with June West
June West is aware that, when you hear her speak or interact with her, there’s a lot of subtext humming just below the surface of that conversation. Not only are you evaluating her expertise – as someone who’s been in the business ...
12 Jul 2017
StreamSense Medical On the Potential of Biomarker Businesses to Create Big Impact
They say that building a successful business takes plenty of “blood, sweat, and tears,” and that sentiment couldn’t be truer for StreamSense Medical CEO Cheng Yang. But, given the nature of his business, he’d probably tack o...
29 Jun 2017
Pivot’s Brig Leland and April Palmer Set their Business In Motion
In these entrepreneurial circles, there’s a tendency, when hearing the term pivot, to immediately think about the word’s business implications. But in layman’s terms, pivot is more commonly used as a synonym for rotate, turn...
27 Jun 2017
Telling Stories with W. L. Lyons Brown III
In the early days of Jack Daniels, the company did something revolutionary: it told the truth. Rather than playing in an abstract space, their ads stuck solely to depicting the 5 Ps of Jack – product, process, people, place, ...
26 Jun 2017
It Runs in the Family | How a Family Ritual Inspired Gaona Granola
When Coco Sotelo pulls up a seat at the table, there’s an instant warmth and familiarity that emanates from her. The mother of three girls (13, 10, and 3 years old) has a tendency to make everyone feel like family, and as she talks about...
26 Jun 2017
What Happens When You Ask "Why" | InMEDBio
Ashwinraj (Ashwin) Karthikeyan, a rising UVA Fourth Year and the CEO and Founder of InMEDBio, has long embraced his penchant for seeking out answers to tough questions, both about the current state of the world and about what the future holds. ...
23 Jun 2017
Brandefy Founder Meg Greenhalgh on How Feedback Shapes Her Business
Meg Greenhalgh wants your honest opinion. No, really, she does. As a serial entrepreneur and current Darden MBA student, she’s well-versed in the idea that feedback is an essential, though sometimes painful, part of growth and dev...
20 Jun 2017
How to Catch a Mouse – Venture Design with Alex Cowan
Little known fact: despite what cartoons and general lore might have you think, mice actually prefer peanut butter to cheese. They say that the devil is in the details, but as Alex Cowan’s recent Venture Design workshop proved, the best insig...
19 Jun 2017
Talking Food & Sharing with The Kitchen Network’s Ian Pasquarelli
If forced to summarize it in terms even a small child could understand, one could say quite simply that Ian Pasquarelli is into food and sharing. The founder of The Kitchen Network has devoted his schooling, work, and personal hobbies to the ...
16 Jun 2017
Breathing New Life into Your Wardrobe with Rohvi
We’ve heard it in songs, catch phrases, and quoted soundbites from any number of influential figures – the idea that “everything old is new again” is one of those timeless maxims to which we all knowingly nod our heads. ...
14 Jun 2017
Leaning In with CarMax | What Scrappy Startups and Big Corporations Can Learn from Each Other
When viewing the success and scale of huge corporations, it’s easy to forget that many of them can actually trace their origins back to a daring entrepreneurial vision for an overlooked or neglected market, much like the ventures that comprise...
13 Jun 2017