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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…


Ellie Thiele ’12 – Journey from SU to Airbnb

If you’re a frequent traveler, chances are you have stayed in at least one property listed on Airbnb. Alumna Ellie Thiele returned to campus as part of the HINDSights program to share her “Syracuse to Airbnb” story with School of Information Studies students. Throughout the course of her visit, she met with a variety of… 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…



Have You Applied to Attend ‘Spring Break in Silicon Valley’ Yet?

Last Spring Break, I was on the immersion-course trip, Spring Break in Silicon Valley (or SBinSV), a once-in-a-lifetime experience specially designed for Syracuse University students. Now the iSchool is accepting applications for the next Spring Break in Silicon Valley, to take place in 2016 (Apply Here). During my time on SBinSV, we visited companies like Twitter, Dropbox,… Read the full article…


#SBinSV: Day Six–The Last Day

Author’s note: For the duration of Spring Break this week, 15 students from across the Syracuse University campus have the opportunity to visit dozens of technology companies in and around the San Francisco area. Follow along with them during their days of travel, tours, and fun times. Day Six: The last day of our trip was… Read the full article…


#SBinSV: Day Five

Author’s note: For the duration of Spring Break this week, 15 students from across the Syracuse University campus have the opportunity to visit dozens of technology companies in and around the San Francisco area. Follow along with them during their days of travel, tours, and fun times. Day Five: Luckily for us, day five held… Read the full article…


#SBinSV: Day Four

Author’s note: For the duration of Spring Break this week, 15 students from across the Syracuse University campus have the opportunity to visit dozens of technology companies in and around the San Francisco area. Follow along with them during their days of travel, tours, and fun times. Day Four: This day was probably one of… Read the full article…