To me, the start of the summer always brings forth the aura of a fresh new beginning. This year, the feeling was accentuated by the fact that I am back in school and recently finished my second semester (it was a little rough, but I’m still breathing). Obviously, as a 24 year old grad student, I do not have the freedom to spend hours at the beach or wake up whenever I want like high school or college summers. Nonetheless, I am excited for what this summer will bring.
As most of you know (for the 3 ppl who fall onto my blog) I like to read up on tech news, especially in the NYC startup arena. I recently found myself reading two interesting articles . The first article was about a Japanese company, Rakuten (runs the largest ecommerce site in Japan), investing $50million in the latest round of funding for rapidly growing Pinterest. The other article was sort of a list of prominent women in tech. This article subsequently lead me to another article profiling Heidi Messer, co-founder of Linkshare Corp., one of the largest affiliate marketing companies online.
I am honored to say that I will essentially be working for both of these companies this summer. I will be working on a data migration project for Linkshare, which was brought out by Rakuten in 2005 for $425million. It should be a great opportunity that I’m definitely grateful for. Welcome summer 2012!
Over the past few days I’ve been able to take a deep breath and reflect upon the previous few months in my life. Although 2011 is not over yet, I used the end of my first semester of grad school and my vacation from work as a milestone. Here are a few things that I’ve been able to reflect on.
I love living in Brooklyn: I’ve grown comfortable living in BK and I definitely plan on staying here long-term. I don’t see myself staying in Park Slope after next summer, but I would love to live in Brooklyn Heights (once I’m financially stable), Prospect Heights, DUMBO, Boerum Hill or Ft. Greene. After living in Philadelphia for 5 years it is definitely refreshing to be back in NYC and not have to live in my parents basement in Long Island.
Baruch’s MBA/MS program is… So far I am really enjoying the MBA/MS program at the Zicklin School of Business. Its hard to really analyze as I was only a part-time student this past semester, but one of the greatest benefits of the program is having classmates who have years of experience working with some of the Best companies in NYC. A majority of my classmates are older and have more work experience than I do, and having that type of network is very beneficial. Next semester I will be attending full-time and look forward to taking advantage of what the program has to offer.
Aspire to be a part of the booming NY Tech Community: Whether it was for work, school or leisure, this year I’ve been able to attend numerous NYC tech events, including many NYTMs, NYEBN events, Usability Professionals meetup, NYCinterns meetup, Internet Week etc. There were so many exciting developments in the NYC Tech community (too many to name, check my previous post) and I am excited to hopefully be a part of this innovation.
That’s all I have for now. Hope you all find some time to reflect before the year ends. Peace
Young NYC Entrepreneurs
Just saw this list of 20 NYC Startup CEO’s under 25 on Business Insider. If this doesn’t motivate you then idk what will. People need to understand that Mark Zuckerberg is not the only young techie to create a great product that everyone can use. Coincidently, the founder of Tumblr (potential $800 million valuation), David Karp, is only two years older than me.
It’s obvious that young, hungry entrepreneurs are taking over the tech space and I think that should only help drive innovation.