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Why We Decided To Sell Our Startup

NOTE: This was originally published in FORBES on Feb. 15th 2017. For the last two years, my team and I have been building and commercializing a product that empowers the visually impaired by recognizing what they are looking at. Now, ThirdEye is being acquired by TheBlindGuide. The acquiring company is led by a former Merck…

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Can You Build A Startup In A Day? I Tried And Here’s What Happened

NOTE: Article originally published on Forbes Under 30. See original article on Forbes here. Recently, there has been a massive rise in digitally native vertical brands (DNVBs). The thought is that your company manages the entire vertical supply chain and distributes itself rather than outsourcing to a partner; the brand is born online and is…

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How To Get The Media To Pay Attention To Your Startup

NOTE: This article was originally published in FORBES under FORBES Under 30. See the original article here. Press can serve a lot of purposes but one of the main ones is credibility. As 19-year-olds working on a startup during college, credibility mattered a lot for us. But it especially mattered for the product we were…

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Why Competition Is For Losers In The Internship And Job Search

Note: This was originally published in FORBES. See it here under Forbes Entrepreneurs.  One of billionaire investor and venture capitalist Peter Thiel’s major ideas is that “competition is for losers.” For example, he talks about how even though Googleprobably creates less value for humankind than the major airlines, the Silicon Valley company is able to capture significantly more of the…

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How Being A Student Allowed Me To Meet And Learn From Dozens Of Successful CEOs

NOTE: This article was originally published in FORBES under FORBES Entrepreneurs. See the original article here.  This is the sixth article in a series about how a group of students at Penn created ThirdEye Technologies, a company commercializing a product that empowers the visually impaired by helping them recognize what they are looking at. Check out the first article here about how we created our first prototype,…

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Keeping Your Team Motivated When There’s No Pay, Little Motivation, And A Commitment To School

Note: This article was originally published on FORBES in FORBES Entrepreneurs.  This is the fifth article in a series about how a group of students at Penn created a company commercializing a product that empowers the visually impaired by helping them recognize what they are looking at. Check out the first article here about how we created our first prototype, and the second…

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Why You Should Learn How To Write A Business Plan In College

Note: This post was originally published in FORBES under FORBES Entrepreneurs This is the fourth article in a series about how a group of students at Penn created a non-profit commercializing a product that empowers the visually impaired by recognizing what’s in front of them via auditory feedback. Check out the first article here.  A lot of student entrepreneurs instantaneously think that…

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Here’s The Secret To Managing A Startup During School

Note: This was originally published in FORBES under FORBES Entrepreneurs This is the third article in a series about how a group of students at Penn created a non-profit commercializing a product that helps the visually impaired recognize what they are looking at. Check out the first article here about how they first built a product and here for how they then commercialized…

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Here’s How to Launch A Product Without Spending a Dime

Note: This post was originally published in FORBES under FORBES Entrepreneurs This is the second article in a series about how a group of students at Penn created a non-profit commercializing a product that helps the visually impaired recognize what they are looking at. Check out the first article here. After building the first prototype of ThirdEye (see…

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