Dean Isaacson works on his startup as his summer internship. Image of Philadephia skyline courtesy of Ransomtech on Flickr (

Starting My Summer Entrepreneurial Journey

The “first week” of my internship was not really my first week. I have been working on starting my own business for a little over two years. My internship blog this summer will be covering my entrepreneurial journey. I will work full time and coordinate with my remote team to with the goal to launch … Continued

Startup Grind Features Alumnus Wills Mahoney of ‘Plowz and Mowz’

This month, the Startup Grind Syracuse event featured Wills Mahoney, a co-founder of Plowz & Mowz, an app-managed company that offers “on-demand snow plowing and lawn mowing,” according to its site. The event featured a one-on-one interview between Tony Kershaw, the Syracuse Startup Grind director, and Mahoney at WCNY studios. Wills Mahoney has an knack … Continued

10 Tips to Ensure Your Success Working in a Startup Culture

I contribute regularly to an ongoing InfoSpace series called, “Startup Roundup.” Each article contains a full look at mostly-local startups, providing details about the founders, the company, and everything in between. My interest in the startup culture stemmed from exposure to entrepreneurship during my freshman year at Syracuse University in the Creativity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship … Continued

Startup Roundup: Cuselight – A College Resource Network

Student Startup Madness (SSM), a national tournament-style competition for college student digital media startups, began its 2015 competition by announcing that 64 startup teams from across the nation made it to the first round of the competition. Six teams from Syracuse University were among them. Then, according to the SSM official website, eight more teams were … Continued

Startup Roundup: Easier Fitness Online With MyTennisLessons

Like most optimistic individuals, you want to start off the new year with a somewhat promising resolution — to become more active. Overly confident, you narrow down your options and quickly realize you can only go to the gym to become more active. But then you realize, instead of buying expensive gym memberships, why not … Continued

Hack Upstate Presents: Hacking CNY Fall 2014

For the last two years, Hack Upstate has worked towards one clearly defined mission: to unite and facilitate collaboration among the greater Upstate New York hacker community. With Hack Upstate IV less than three weeks away, we’re excited to continue to grow with the CNY tech community. But, Hack Upstate is one of many great … Continued


Everything You Need to Know About Emerging Talk

  The startup scene in Syracuse is thriving. Syracuse’s IDEA Student Sandbox  was named one of the top ten college incubators in the country. The program provides student startups with a place to work, along with mentors to help students develop their ideas into fully grown businesses. Startups, including Grafighters and Craftistas, are graduates of the program.  Another element of … Continued

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iSchool Graduate Students Launch GraFighters

Picture this: You are in a the middle of a lecture, group meeting, or trying to do your homework. Unable to concentrate on the material at hand, your pen starts to stray. All of a sudden, what was supposed to be your notes or homework assignment is covered in an epic collage of inked characters;  some are big and strong, … Continued