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As an entrepreneur or business leader, do you sometimes feel like you live on that slick edge between huge risk and unlimited potential? CEN gives you stories to refer to in uncertain moments, the inside scoop on extraordinary successes, and real examples of how it’s done. Best of all, CEN puts you in the same room with Cornellians at all stages of the game. Soak up our presentations and make priceless connections in dozens of cities around the country and globe, as well as online. Wow us with your elevator speech in our open mic segment. Grab a drink, ask questions, and add us to your favorites. You can thank us at your IPO.
Steve Conine ’95 started Wayfair in 2002 with his co-founder and fellow Cornell alum, Niraj Shah ’95. Now, nearly 20 years later, Wayfair is 16,000+ employees globally and growing.
Listen to Steve in conversation with Wayfair’s Global Head of Customer & Supplier Technology, Fiona Tan, to learn why tech is at the core of everything Wayfair does and how the company has continued to maintain an entrepreneurial culture while growing at a rapid pace.
Original airdate: Tuesday, February 2, 2021
Forbes regards them as “revolutionaries” and ten of the 2021 Forbes 30 Under 30 are Cornellians. These alumni represent several industries, ranging from entrepreneurship within the African continent to developing robotic fabrics, cryptocurrency lending and more. Don’t miss this exclusive opportunity. Hear about the whys behind their visions, the grit it takes to succeed, and what’s next for these list-makers!
Original airdate: Thursday, January 28, 2021
Arthur M. Blank P’23, co-founder of The Home Depot, owner of the Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United, and author of Good Company with a forward by President Jimmy Carter. From the significance of his Queens, NY roots, to prioritizing the wellbeing of his customers, associates, and their communities as a prerequisite to financial success.
What does it take to get acquired for $24 billion? Rob Ryan ’69, who co-founded Ascend Communications with his wife Terry Ryan ’69, tells all! It started with the idea to help internet service providers (ISPs) connect users around the globe and resulted in one of the largest technology mergers in history! You'll also get an insider’s view of The Sunflower Model, Rob's signature business methodology used to gauge whether your startup concept is feasible and scalable.
Special thanks to Rob and Terry for giving the foundational gift to start the Cornell Entrepreneur Network (CEN) almost 20 years ago!
The work force and work place are changing, and diversity and inclusion are a big part of the conversation. Ideally, we are all thinking about how to make positive changes in our workplaces. Whether you’re an entrepreneur leading a startup or part of a larger organization, you will want to hear from Magda Yrizzary ’84, MRP ’03, P ’18, Verizon’s Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer.
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CEN is just one of many ways you can leverage Cornell to help you start or grow your business. From finding programs based in Silicon Valley to meeting your next mentor. The Cornell entrepreneurship ecosystem is always available to you.
Dan Sommer ’97 leveraged higher ed to teach workers valuable skills
Jenna Kerner ’11 is on the cusp of change in the bra industry
Jake Reisch ’15 makes headphones that improve seniors’ lives
Euwyn Poon ’04, JD ’07 puts his spin on urban transportation
Gwen Whiting ’98 and Lindsey Boyd ’98 spun a global business from Cornell fiber science
Bottling success: Steve Hindy ’71, MAT ’75 put Brooklyn beer on the map
Pablo Borquez Schwartzbeck MBA ’15 helps farmers grow profits
Susan Danziger ’86 creates video tools to connect people
Socialfly co-founder Stephanie Cartin ’06 quantifies social media buzz
John Wu ’92 is building “shovels” for a cryptocurrency gold rush
Saxbys founder Nick Bayer ’00 serves up coffee with social impact
Nwamaka Imasogie MS '16 co-founded the company GitLinks with Cornell Tech classmates and serves as chief technology officer. GitLinks was acquired by software company Infor.
Frustration fuels creation for design industry innovator Scott Belsky ’02
Divya Gugnani is a longtime entrepreneur and co-founder of Wander Beauty, a company that aims to disrupt the beauty industry and streamline makeup routines by creating beauty essentials for busy lifestyles.