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Why Grit is Important in Silicon Valley

While on a plane to Hong Kong last semester, I read what is one of my now favorite books: “Grit” by Angela Duckworth. Duckworth is a psychologist who has spent the last few decades of her life attempting to disrupt. In Silicon Valley terminology, to disrupt means to be innovative and create new meaning to… Read the full article…

Spring Break in Silicon Valley: Where Brain Power Meets Passion

Spring Break in Silicon Valley (SBinSV) is a week-long immersion trip hosted by the iSchool every spring. This immersion trip is a three-credit course with an emphasis on innovation, entrepreneurship, and real-world exposure to different industries. After a competitive application process, 19 students – ranging from sophomores to graduate students, and with majors from information management… Read the full article…

Reflecting on Startups at SBinSV: What’s In A Name?

One of the things that fascinates me the most about Startup culture is the term “startup” in and of itself. The term is similar to “indie” music in the sense that the companies—like the bands—begin on a small, independent scale and on rare occasions balloon into “Google”-level titans. At what point does a successful indie band stop being “independent” or a large tech company stop being a “startup?”