Sunday, December 31, 2006

Getting in the Spirit!

What better a day than New Year's Eve to highlight three recent additions to eClips?

Meet three businessmen who spend their days thinking about drinking...

  • Byron Hoover is the Marketing Director for the Jose Cuervo Portfolio at Jose Cuervo International.
  • Roy Danis is the Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing at W.J. Deutsch & Sons, Ltd.(distributors of "Yellowtail" wines)
  • Eric Ottaway is the General Manager of Brooklyn Brewery

Their comments in eClips are from a panel discussion on "The Business of Wine, Beer and Spirits" organized by the Cornell Entrepreneur Network of the Metro New York region.

Friday, December 15, 2006

Is The Playing Field Level?

More and more women are making decisions in the corporate Boardroom and flying on the corporate jet. Have things really changed - or are women still facing gender-related hurdles in the workplace?

Some of the eClips experts feel the playing fields are level - but others argue that we need to bring in the bulldozers.

Whether you agree or disagree, it is fascinating to listen to these experts share their experiences and opinions.

Listen to the theme Women in Business: Special Considerations in the Case Studies section of "Industry Specific Issues" in eClips.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

It's Not Easy Being Green

"There is a widely held and profoundly wrongheaded assumption that environmental quality costs money - that it saps profits - that it's a diversion or even tradeoff against other activities. In fact, the reality is that there is an enormous profit opportunity here."

- Gil Friend, Founder and CEO of Natural Logic, Inc.

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) has become an increasingly used buzzword in the press and on campuses. CSR extends beyond an organization simply doing good works and providing charitable contributions. It demands that a company balance the needs of all stakeholders with its need to make a profit and reward shareholders adequately, which is commonly referred to as the "triple bottom line".

More and more eClips contributors are bringing up topics of sustainability, social responsibility and the "triple bottom line". To better organize this content, we have a collection of themes entitled "Social Responsibility" in the "Special Business Topics" section of the themes page.

Interested in hearing more?
Listen to some clips from our Can a Company Be Profitable and Socially Responsible? theme.

Monday, December 04, 2006

Irwin Jacobs - Chairman of QUALCOMM

Sure, you can make a call on your mobile phone. You can even text message, play games, download ringtones...and check your glucose levels???

Irwin Jacobs, co-founder and Chairman of QUALCOMM Inc. recently returned to Cornell to give a lecture entitled,"The Incredible Cell Phone: Personal Notes on an Evolving Technology, Business Model, Applications and Global Impact".

To hear more about Jacob's thoughts on the future of cell phone technology, listen to Jacob's lecture in eClips.

Read more about his visit to campus in the Cornell Chronicle article.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Breaking The Glass Podium

Sara Jobin made history in 2004 as the first woman to conduct on the mainstage subscription series at San Francisco Opera.

Despite the male dominated world of conducting, Jobin states that her determination in pursuing this dream was not to break a glass ceiling, but rather to follow her passion. During the panel's candid discussion, she stated,

"There will always be prejudice and if you look for it you will find it. But you know, you can choose not to focus on it."
eClips was invited to capture comments from Jobin and other female leaders during a panel discussion of "Breaking Through the Glass Ceiling". The panel was part of a a week-long conference sponsored by the Harvard-Radcliffe Women's Leadership Project in September 2006.

To hear Sara Jobin's thoughts on the "glass ceiling" and the challenges and rewards of working as a conductor, listen to her comments in eClips.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Rolling In The Dough

eClips has partnered with the Cornell School of Hotel Administration's Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship (IHE) to capture their series of "Conversations with Entrepreneurs".

The first lecture in the 2006-07 series was given by Joseph and Giancarlo Turano II who have been busy growing their family business, Turano Baking Company.

Turano Baking was founded as Campagna-Turano Bakery, Inc. in 1962 by Mariano Turano. His entrepreneurial spirit lives on in his grandchildren Joseph and Giancarlo Turano II. Since joining the family business, Joseph and Giancarlo have broadened the scope of Turano Baking Company to become a $100 million company with over 600 employees, which serves thirty-five of the top 100 National Restaurant Chains. The company commands a strong share in Chicago's competitive specialty bread market.

Listen to the Turano brothers in eClips as they share their insights on running a third generation family-owned entrepreneurial enterprise.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

What's The Real Deal?

Sanford I. Weill is Chairman Emeritus of Citigroup Inc., the diversified global financial services company formed in 1998 through the merger of Citicorp and Travelers Group. Weill retired as CEO of Citigroup on October 1, 2003, and served as Chairman until April 18, 2006.

Weill is the first author and subject of the new book "The Real Deal: My Life in Business and Philanthropy." He spoke at Cornell University on October 27, 2006 as the keynote speaker of the three-day Cornell Trustee-Council Weekend with his co-author, Judah S. Kraushaar '79, the former director of the Global Financial Services Equity Research team at Merrill Lynch and rated as one of the top securities analysts by various sources. Weill told anecdotes about how he went from graduating from Cornell in 1955, without a clue about what to do with his life, to creating and leading the global bank Citigroup, which gave a 2,600 percent return to investors during his leadership.

To read more about his return to campus, read the October 27, 2006 Cornell Chronicle article.

To hear Sandy Weill's comments from his lecture, listen to his comments in eClips.

To hear Weill's NPR interview and read an except from his book, click here.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Alan Hevesi Discusses Corruption

Alan Hevesi is currently serving as New York State Comptroller.

On October 16th, 2006, Hevesi gave a lecture to a Cornell University audience on the topic of "Corporate Corruption Scandals: the Ultimate Costs".

Listen to Hevesi's lecture in eClips.

Friday, October 27, 2006

Update on Amy Millman

Amy Millman is the founder and president of Springboard Enterprises. Springboard is a national non-profit organization which accelerates women's access to the equity markets. They provide programs which educate, showcase and support women entrepreneurs as they seek equity capital and grow their companies.

Millman was recently profiled in USA Today. To read more about her fascinating background, read the article.

Want more? Listen to some of the many things that Amy Millman has shared with eClips.

Monday, October 23, 2006

Kevin McGovern Named 2007 Cornell Entrepreneur of the Year

"That's what business is all about. It's not about exotic mystical special formulas - it's about executing fundamentals." - Kevin McGovern quote in eClips

Kevin McGovern may not have a mystical formula - but he certainly knows how to execute. McGovern was just named 2007 Cornell Entrepreneur of the Year.

McGovern has been a frequent contributor to eClips and has shared stories from his extensive professional experiences ranging from nanotechnology ventures to founding the SoBe beverage company.

Listen to some of the many things that Kevin McGovern has shared with eClips.

Read the press release announcing the McGovern's selection.

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Planning ahead?

"Never wrote a business plan. I think this was a mistake - we were so wired down in servicing our customers, that we had no time to service ourselves."

- Mike Pratico, Founder, Davanita Design, LLC

Everyone has heard the war stories of businesses that were funded on the strength of a business plan jotted down on a cocktail napkin. Those legends lead many to ask the question of whether writing out a business plan is worth the time and effort.

We have compiled over 40 clips of entrepreneurs and experts sounding off on the theme: Business Plans - Waste of Time or Sound Investment?

Whether you agree or disagree, their opinions will undoubtedly make you think!

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Women In The Boardroom

On October 9, 2006, Carly Fiorina, former Chairman and CEO of Hewlett-Packard, released her memoir, Tough Choices. The book discussed her career and her views on such issues as what constitutes a leader, how women can thrive in business and the role technology will continue to play in reshaping our world.

In Tough Choices, Fiorina writes about her triumphs and failures, her deepest fears and most painful confrontations...including her sudden and very public firing by HP’s board of directors.

Our collection contains comments from many female contributors on topics ranging from Gender-Based Discrimination to the challenges facing Working Moms.

Fiorina's memoir encouraged us to add a new theme: Do You Have To Act Like A Man To Get To The Boardroom?. Take a look and see if you agree!

Monday, September 25, 2006

Update on Bruce Ganem

Bruce Ganem was just awarded the American Chemical Society's (ACS) 2007 Award for Creative Invention. The award recognizes "the successful application of research in chemistry and/or chemical engineering that contributes to the material prosperity and happiness of people."

He won the award for solving a crucial problem in the production of paclitaxel, one of the most successful drugs used to treat ovarian, breast and lung cancer and a promising agent in fighting coronary artery disease.

eClips is fortunate to have captured some of Ganem's insights. Listen to Ganem discuss the challenges which face scientists who are operating in the business world.

You can also hear Ganem discuss his own background and how he really considers himself to be an accidental entrepreneur.

To read more about Ganem's award, click this link to see the Cornell Chronicle article

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

"eClips" Your Competition

Read the article just published by Cornell about the new features that eClips is offering to students who are beginning their career search.

Take a look at eClips' "Career Corner" for yourself and start your job hunt with hundreds of experts in your suit pocket!

Friday, September 15, 2006

All In The Family

"Family businesses can be marvelous. There are other family businesses that don't recognize when they need to go outside to get more talent in. When you put emotionality into business decisions with families, especially when you are buying or selling them, people begin to think in circles. And you know, my father used to say, balloons don't pop from the inside. The helium is too much fun. So you got to pop the balloon from the outside."

- James McNair, Managing Director, Lincolnshire

Can family businesses survive from generation to generation without "fresh blood" to question traditional decision making?
Will outsiders ever be accepted into a family business or is it is recipe for disaster?
These are some of the thoughts that our experts share in a new eClips theme entitled, All In The Family - Thoughts on Family Businesses.

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Wisdom of Youth

"Being young has this incredible benefit that being old by definition doesn't. You don't have a box to think in. No idea is impossible. However, you have to combine that with older people. Because what older people have by definition - that younger people by definition don't - is a sense of reality. And if you combine the two, you get to create ideas that have never been thought about, but can actually be implemented. That's a cool combination."

- Tom Szaky, Founder of TerraCycle

The eClips collection contains comments from the entire spectrum of business. One area that we find particularly fascinating are the comments from over 40 "young" entrepreneurs (under the age of 30). Some express unbridled optimism that they will change the world. Others share the war stories and the realization that entrepreneurship isn't only about being your own boss. Regardless of the story and the outcome, all of them have wisdom to share.

Check out the Young Entrepreneur Collection in eClips.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Meet A Man Who Is Changing The World

IDE's Common Set of Beliefs:

  • Markets are a powerful force for fighting poverty.
  • The rural poor are customers, producers, and entrepreneurs, not charity recipients.
  • Development efforts will succeed by learning from the people needing help.
  • Innovation and entrepreneurship are key to sustainability.
  • Demand-driven, decentralized, private-sector led efforts succeed where others fail.
Paul Polak founded International Development Enterprises (IDE) in 1981 with the goal of fighting international rural poverty with profit. The non-profit group develops and markets low-cost, low-tech irrigation devices to small-plot farmers. Farmers can recover the cost of the device within one season while marginally boosting their income. Polak believes that charity is the worst way of handling the impoverished...that instead, they should be treated as customers and entrepreneurs.

Listen to more of what Paul Polak has to say about IDE and his innovative approach towards alleviating poverty when Paul Polak speaks to eClips.

Read more about Polak and IDE in the June 20, 2005 Forbes article entitled, Trickle-Up Economics.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Gunn-ing For The Best Designers

"The answer is not in the back of the book. It's only within you. How you solve the problem will have its own integrity, its own vision, and its own value."

- Timothy Gunn

Timothy Gunn is Chair of the Department of Fashion Design at Parsons The New School for Design and also "on-air mentor" to the designers in Bravo's reality series, Project Runway.

eClips was recently able to catch up to Gunn during his keynote address for the GlamourGals Foundation's fundrasier held at Parsons.

Interested in hearing more fascinating thoughts on art, design and life from Tim Gunn when he is "off" the Runway? Listen to Timothy Gunn's lecture in eClips.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

A Winning Coach

"Successful people don't fail less often than unsuccessful people - in fact, they fail more often because they're more willing to take risks."

- Alisa Cohn, Executive Coach

Alisa Cohn was recently selected as one of the top 10 executive coaches in Boston.

Click here to read more about Alisa's coaching business.

Interested in hearing more from this winning coach? Check out the eClips interview with Alisa Cohn.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

"Cool" Coffee with a Conscience

"The mission of Pura Vida is to harness the power of business to create good and serve the poor. We believe that, together, consumers and business leaders can join to promote a new type of capitalism – one that changes the way we think about business." - Pura Vida Mission

Founded in 1998, Pura Vida Coffee is a unique, rapidly growing, charitably-owned specialty coffee company that sells 100% certified Fair Trade, organic coffee to individual and institutional consumers in the U.S. in order to provide direct help to at-risk children and families living in coffee-growing countries. A unique blend of for-profit and non-profit, Pura Vida strives to operate in a manner that is both “tough-minded and tender-hearted.”

Co-founder Chris Dearnley has lived in Costa Rica for over 16 years. He coordinates the Pura Vida Partners staff and volunteers in the implementation of Pura Vida's programs for at-risk children and families in Central America.

"Pura Vida" means "full of life" in Spanish - but also means "cool" in Costa Rican slang. Listen to more about Dearnley's cool coffee company during his interview with eClips where he discusses the background of Pura Vida and shares thoughts on socially responsible entrepreneurship.

Interested in other beverages that are making a difference? Check out the eClips interview with Seth Goldman, CEO of Honest Tea. You can also read the blog entry.

Friday, July 07, 2006

Gil Friend, President & CEO of Natural Logic

"None of us is as smart as all of us - and the problems that we're facing require a leap in wisdom and capability to be able to break through them." - Gil Friend

Wise words from Gil Friend, the Founder, President and CEO of Natural Logic.

During this brief interview with eClips, Friend discusses the background of his company, Natural Logic, and also shares thoughts on the need for America to change its thinking with regards to sustainability if we are not to be leapfrogged by other countries.

Listen to Friend's interview which was recently posted to eClips.

Interested in more of Friend's thoughts? Check out his blog.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Update on Stephen Ashley

It isn't an easy time to be Stephen B. Ashley. Ashley is currently serving as the Chairman of the Board for Fannie Mae - which is in the middle of a $11-billion accounting investigation which will ultimately result in the one of the largest restatements of earnings in United States corporate history.

On June 15th, Ashley testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs. To read his speech, click here.

Months prior to his testimony though, Ashley spoke to a graduate-level class at Cornell University where he discussed the history of Fannie Mae and shared thoughts on the future of the mortgage industry and housing trends. He also shared a very valuable piece of advice:

"I want to tell you, if you look at the companies and the businesses and the politicians that have gotten into problems, it usually comes back to some of that core value where you get off the track on your internal gyroscope - what's right, what's wrong - and begin to think that you're the smartest person in the room and you don't have time to listen to anybody else. If you don't remember anything else from my talk today, I ask you to remember that, because it does matter...those things do matter."

View this clip in the Ashley lecture that is part of the eClips collection.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

What Makes An Entrepreneur Tick?

Rich Karlgaard wrote an interesting editorial in the June 19th, 2006 issue of Forbes. In the article, Karlgaard discusses two books which outline the core characteristics of the entrepreneur. One of the books, "The Hypomaniac Edge: The Link Between (A Little) Craziness and (A Lot of) Success In America" is by John D. Gartner and essentially states that American entrepreneurs have a condition of "hypomania" which causes them to to be "brimming with infectious energy, irrational confidence and really big ideas".

Read Karlgaard's article, Blessed Are the Hypomanic.

While we haven't tagged any of the entrepreneurs featured in eClips as being "hypomanic", we have noticed that these folks do continually mention specific traits such as being "risk-takers", "passionate", "decision-makers" and "visionary" that are core to the success of an entrepreneur.

Look at the list for yourself in the eClips theme section, Life As An Entrepreneur.

Friday, May 12, 2006

Women's Business Society of Armenia - Update

On March 17th, 2006, we posted an update on how the Women's Business Society of Armenia was using e-Clips. (see Ask Not What Your Country Can Do For eClips)

Given that their internet connectivity was sporadic at times, we worked with them and sent along some CDs of our favorite clips so that they could access the information at any time.

In return, we got a fantastic picture! Ladies, we wish you the best of luck as your businesses grow...and we hope to feature you as some of our entrepreneur success stories in the near future!

Click here to see their new website!

Friday, May 05, 2006

I2V For All To See

eClips has partnered with the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA) to capture speakers from their annual Invention to Venture (I2V) conference.

I2V is designed exclusively for life science entrepreneurs and researchers interested in opportunities to commercialize leading academic research. The conference features seasoned experts in business, finance and science who discuss all aspects of taking an idea from the invention stage to a full-fledged business venture.

Take a look at the Invention to Venture conference website.

Listen to the speakers in this eClips collection.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Ms. Bossy Pants

Caitlin Friedman and Kim Yorio are at it again. They just released a new book entitled: The Girl's Guide to Being a Boss (Without Being A Bitch) which is a followup to their national bestseller, The Girl's Guide to Starting Your Own Business.

Caitlin Friedman is a public relations and marketing professional with more than twelve years of consumer, food and beverage, publishing, and television-production experience. In 2001, she partnered with Kimberly Yorio to form YC Media, a full-service public relations and marketing firm based in downtown Manhattan.

Kimberly Yorio has forged a reputation as a keen marketer specializing in the development of strategic publicity and promotions campaigns for cookbooks, restaurants, chefs, and other food-related personalities and products.

Learn more about this interesting duo in Friedman and Yorio's interview with eClips.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Ratan Tata Discusses Business in India

Ratan Tata, chairman of Tata Sons, the holding company of the Tata Group, India's largest and most successful business conglomerate, spoke at Cornell University on April 10, 2006 as the 26th Robert S. Hatfield Fellow in Economic Education. Being named a Hatfield fellow is considered the highest honor the university awards to distinguished individuals from the corporate sector.

His talk was entitled, "The Imperative for Change in the India of Today." Tata discussed the fact that India's stability as the world's largest democracy could be threatened if the country's businesses don't embrace social responsibilty.

Listen to Tata's lecture in eClips.

Read more about Tata's lecture in the Cornell Chronicle article.

All Work And Know Play

When I say that I am entrepreneurial, I am looking for the way to find the means to work as an artist.

Rachel Lampert has been the Artistic Producing Director for Kitchen Theatre Company in Ithaca, NY since 1997. Prior to that, she was a playwright, dancer and choreographer.

During this interview, Lampert discusses her initial background in dance and how that evolved into choreography and later playwriting. She also shares her own personal challlenges in the realization that to be a successful artist, one must also learn to be entrepreneurial.

Learn more about this fascinating path to entrepreneurship when Rachel Lampert speaks to eClips.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

A Company That Suits Women

"At Malia Mills we don't want to change the way you look, we want to change the way you look at yourself. Our mission is to inspire women, no matter what brand of swimwear she has on, to look in the mirror and to smile at what she sees."

With one of the most popular advertisements during this year's Superbowl being Dove's Campaign For Real Beauty ad, it is obvious that more attention is being paid to self esteem and body image among women.

That's old news to design entrepreneurs like Malia Mills. Mills started her swimwear company in 1992 with a revolutionary idea of selling swimwear as separates. Her corporate tagline of "Love Thy Differences" embraces that founding philosophy and reiterates the point that Malia Mills is a "beauty" company rather than a "fashion" company.

Mills' swimwear has been featured in the most recent issue of "Real Simple" magazine but has also enjoyed coverage in "Oprah", "Elle", "Glamour", "Vogue" and "Sports Illustrated" to name a few.

This recent success shouldn't imply that the road hasn't been bumpy. To hear what Malia has to say about her experience as an entrepreneur and designer, listen to her interview in the eClips collection.

Interested in hearing from more designers who have braved the world of entrepreneurship? Check out the eClips collection of interviews related to Textiles and Design or the eClips theme entitled Designers As Entrepreneurs.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Update on Bill Trenchard

"Just jump into the deep end of the pool."

Of course, if you are Bill Trenchard and heading up your third comapny at the ripe old age of 30, jumping into the deep end is probably a little less intimidating than for the rest of us.

Bill Trenchard was just selected as one of BusinessWeek's "Best Young Tech Entrepreneurs". Read more about Bill in the BusinessWeek article.

To hear what Bill has to say about entrepreneurship and his personal experiences as a young entrepreneur, check out Bill's two interviews and one lecture in the eClips collection.

Friday, March 17, 2006

Ask Not What Your Country Can Do For eClips

When eClips was born, the intention was to provide a repository of digital media on entrepreneurship, business and leadership that could be used by educators in the university setting.

What has shocked and thrilled us has been the creative use of the database by groups we had never anticipated assisting. Take a look at how eClips is impacting women in Armenia!

The Women's Business Society of Armenia is an organization established in October 2005 in Kapan, Armenia. Created by United States Peace Corps workers, Hillary and Philip George, the organization provides a positive learning environment where young women can gain business knowledge and acquire practical experience through the implementation of projects that benefit their community. The group offers an opportunity for young, professional women to gather in a supportive environment and to gain an overview of business and entrepreneurship.

Each week the Society holds educational sessions focused on various business topics ranging from customer service to business writing to professionalism. EClips is used to provide tangible examples and resources for the sessions. The women enjoy being able to hear real stories from business professionals and their perspective or experience on many different topics. EClips is the perfect resource for inspirational quotations that capture an idea or concept.

Though there are some cultural differences between the environment that the interviewees work in and the business world in Armenia, there is certainly an ability to understand personal examples. Eclips excerpts help to take a complex idea from the business models taught in the sessions and simplify them using realistic examples. Armenia is a culture that struggles with vague generalities. Providing concrete examples and information that allows the women to grasp basic business concepts is essential. Working in a post-Soviet country where entrepreneurship does not come naturally, eClips help to illustrate fundamentals that are needed to understand creating, owning, and running a business.

Thursday, March 16, 2006

PowerPoint and Rich Media - Not Exactly Friends

Sometimes, it seems as though tools - like Powerpoint - that we have at our disposal for presentations just aren't built with our goals in mind.

Powerpoint holds all the promise of being the perfect tool for incorporating rich media (sound and video). The reality is close - oh so close - but not quite there. At least, as eClips' Manager of Media Production, the one responsible for testing how things work and posting the instructions on the web site, I feel the promise of Powerpoint falls short when it comes to incorporating rich media, especially on the PC.

The major problems people have are:
  • When they move the presentation, the videos and/or sound files aren't where they should be
  • What plays on one computer won't play on another

Despite these shortcomings, I realize that PowerPoint is the "drug of choice" on most campuses. To help you out, I've put together some basic instructions for using and transporting PC PowerPoint presentatioembeddedimbedded video.

Rule #1: Remember to use "Pack and Go" when saving your presentation. (It is called "Package for CD" in PPT 2003.)

Rule #2: Consider what computer will be used to present your slideshow. If you have a choice, use your own laptop where you created the presentation with video. In our experience, that is the solution with the least trouble. But remember, if you need to move the presentation, save it using "Pack and Go", which creates a packed up file that includes the video and will unpack onto another PC in the right order for Powerpoint to find and play the video.

To be sure that the presentation will play, include the "viewer" (happens by default in PPT 2003). Note: don't try to go across platforms. On the Mac, the mpg format plays the best; while on the PC, you'll need the .wmv format. For more on formats see our Tech Tips on the Teacher Tools Section.

Rule #3. Make sure your have enough room. Remember, the video files are very big compared to a regular PowerPoint file and it takes processing power to play video. So if you move the presentation to another computer using a small USB drive or CD, you may not be able to play the presentation from the drive itself. Move it to the other machine using the Pack and Go files.

Rule #4. Test ahead of time and make sure there are speakers in the room. It is important to have speakers available - or connect them to your laptop - relying on the laptop itself will not likelvolumee you enough vlume to make the clips effective when played in class.

Concluding notes...

Take heart. If you're new to eClips and haven't attempted to put video into a powerpoint, don't fear. Be diligent with your workflow and you can tackle the beast. After you work with it a few times, it will be much easier. See earlier our earlier blog for Newbies.

For more information on playing multimedia files through Powerpoint, you can check out this Microsoft link.

Good luck!

- Jamie Kalousdian

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Spread Those (chicken) Wings and Fly!

Don't tell Kurt Zitzner that you plan to build a startup based on an idea sketched on the back of a napkin!

This motivated entrepreneur's ideas for his startup restaurant were born as an undergraduate at Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration. He built the business plan for his restaurant (that focuses on serving amazing chicken wings) over his four years in college and used his undergraduate coursework to further refine and test his idea. Upon his graduation in May 2005, he had already secured a location for his restaurant, Mugzee's, and was open for business later that Fall. This interview, conducted by Deborah Streeter, is part of the eClips collection of "Young Entrepreneur" stories.

During the interview, Zitzner discusses some of the challenges of building a business from scratch as a recent college graduate. He shares lessons learned related to hiring, managing, marketing and cash flow and discusses some specific ethical challenges he has faced with food suppliers.

Exhibiting a maturity beyond his years, Zitzner states, "You have got to realize whether you are going to start your own company or go work for somebody else - you have got to be the entrepreneur of your own life."

Listen to what this fascinating young entrepreneur has to say when Kurt Zitzner speaks to eClips .

Monday, March 06, 2006

Truth About Honest Tea

"We will never claim to be a perfect company, but we will address difficult issues and strive to be honest about our ability or inability to resolve them. "

Not your average statement on a corporate website! But Honest Tea isn't exactly your average company.

Meet Seth Goldman - the CEO (or "TeaEO" as the case may be) of Honest Tea. This interview, conducted by Professor Sheila Danko, is part of eClips' collection on "Socially Responsible Entrepreneurship".

During the interview, Goldman discusses some of the challenges faced by entrepreneurs who seek to build socially responsible companies. Honest Tea's decision to strive for "authenticity, integrity and purity" in its products and in the way they do business has had associated costs - but much higher associated benefits. Goldman addresses these points when he discusses an early product recall and a decision to partner with American Indian organizations.

Listen to more about this fascinating company and entrepreneur when Seth Goldman speaks to eClips .

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

For eClips Newbies

In case you are just trying out eClips in class for the first time, here is are a few tips:

1. Getting ready: Before playing the clip, you'll want to introduce the speaker with a few remarks. You can download an intro slide on the speaker from the preview page on eClips. It is a slide with a picture (not video) of the speaker and a few key points about his/her background. The full bio is in the "notes" section. You can insert it into your own lecture by using Insert/Slides_from_file.

2. Inserting the video: The video clip you have selected can be inserted into a Powerpoint slide or just played on its own with a media player. For Powerpoint, create a blank slide and use the Insert/Movie/from the File command. If you are on a PC, choose the .mov format; Mac choose the .mpg format.

3. Playing in the classroom: If you use Powerpoint, the clip has to "travel" with the ppt. So if you are taking your lecture on a small drive, don’t just drag and drop the ppt – be sure to retain the same file structure. Make sure before you get to class that the clips play properly from the drive. If not, try deleting the clips and re-inserting.

4. Room tips: You need to have sound. If the classroom doesn’t come with a place to plug in, just bring a little computer speaker – that usually works fine. If there is a sound system, you'll need a sound cable to hook up the sound if you are using your own laptop.

5. Teaching tips: I find it works best to say a few words to queue up the clips for the students, then play as much of the clip that relates to my topic, then stop it and immediately jump in with a comment or to repeat salient points from the clip.

For example, you might say any of the following things:
  • “did you hear that last line? – your business plan is your ambassador” (after clip from Kevin McGovern)

  • “What do you think – do you agree with his views on Wal Mart? – 'If you want to change the way Procter & Gamble, SC Johnson, these companies do business, the only way to change it is to out compete them.' (after clip from Tom Szaky)

  • “That’s what I mean about the value proposition – it’s got to be quantified.” (clip from Rob Ryan)

Finally, when in doubt, call us for help! Jamie Kalousdian is on hand for technical help at 607-254-4523 or by email at

Note: If you are reluctant to use the clip IN class, try having students listening to themes outside of classes (see my earlier post). Good luck!

- Professor Deborah Streeter

Monday, February 27, 2006

Update on Jeff Hawkins

Jeff Hawkins truly embodies the entrepreneurial spirit.

Creator of the Palm Pilot and the Treo smart phone, Hawkins discusses his latest company, Numenta, in an interview broadcast on the February 27, 2006 airing of "Morning Edition".

Hawkins latest venture is working on the development of computer memory systems modeled on the human brain. Listen to the clip from NPR

You can hear clips related to entrepreneurship and Hawkins' thoughts on his experience at Handsping and Palm Computing in a lecture he gave to an undergraduate business class at Cornell University. Listen to Hawkins' lecture in e-clips

A favorite quote among entrepreneurship educators can be found in Hawkins' first clip:
  • "I would definitely call myself an accidental entrepreneur. I had no desire ever in my life to start a company and never thought of myself as an entrepreneur. When I went to school here [Cornell], no one ever talked about entrepreneurism and, if anything, might have been thought a slightly dirty word."

Accident or not, Hawkins is an inspiration to entrepreneurs young and old!

Kicking It Up A Notch

Looking for a way to spice up lectures and assignments? Use eClips Themes help you find what you need...

One thing every eClips user should know about is the Themes Section.

After entering the site, the home page greets you with a welcome message from the eClips team and a list of things you can do on the site. The first navigation button on the left is marked "Themes" and will take you to a treasure trove of topics that makes it very easy to find material for class or for a group of clips you might want students to view.

Themes have 10-20 clips that all fit into a particular topic area. For example, the business plan themes break out collections of clips that relate such things as:

Business Plans - What makes a strong one?

What I like best is that the themes help you group clips together, either for use to punctuate lecture material or to enliven written assignments. For example, I have students read about value proposition in the textbook and then view 4-5 of the 11 clips in the theme that is focused on the need for plans to be clear, clean, concise and critiqued. When students are immersed in market research I ask them to consider the implication of their findings for the financial model of the business by having them listen to the theme that focuses on realistic financial projections tying together with the rest of the plan.

Although the existing themes provide a good range of choices, if you are finding clips by browsing and bookmarking when you find something good, you can create your own theme in the form of a Listening List.

If you would like us to publish it as a theme under the Theme Section so your students can view it, please let us know. We do update the Themes as we add new content, so visit eClips regularly to check for something new!

- Posted by Professor Deborah Streeter

Monday, February 20, 2006

Alan Pike Remembered

The eClips team is saddened to share the news of the loss of a Cornell faculty member and eClips contributor.

Alan Pike, a senior lecturer in communication at Cornell University's Johnson Graduate School of Management, died of heart failure on January 7, 2006.

Known for his energetic classes on oral communication and management writing, eClips was lucky to have captured Pike in action as he discussed techniques for business writing.

To see his clips, click here.

To read more about Alan Pike, please see this article in the Cornell Chronicle.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006


Mentioning the word "Wal-Mart" in a university lecture hall will most always result in students raising their voices and taking sides.

Is Sam Walton the true American entrepreneur?


Is the "box store" responsible for killing off American entrepreneurial spirit?

Whether you look at Wal-Mart's marketing strategies, salary policies, international expansion efforts or supplier relationships, there is always something to discuss.

To help you open the dialogue, we have created a theme entitled, "Wal-Mart: Box Store Bully or Gentle Giant?"
View Wal-Mart's theme in e-clips

In this theme, we pull clips from many different interviews and lectures.:
  • Watch Wal-Mart's Senior Vice President and General Merchandise Manager of Perishables share the Wal-Mart "party line"
  • Listen to young entrepreneurs share their experiences in establishing vendor relationships with the leviathan
  • Hear comments from a General Manager at Procter & Gamble as he discusses the strengths and weaknesses of Wal-Mart's marketing practices
  • And much more...

Whether Wal-Mart is the shining example of how one American entrepreneur can build an empire or the evil reality of a massive corporation that can destroy local businesses, let e-clips help you bring that discussion to the classroom.

April 5, 2006: As a follow up to this blog entry, NPR's "All Things Considered" aired an interesting segment discussing Wal-Mart's intention to offer classes to Mom-and-Pop shops on how to survive when Wal-Mart comes to town. Are they acting out of guilt or good-nature? Listen and decide for yourself!

Update on Kevin McGovern

Kevin McGovern is the Chairman and CEO of McGovern Capital LLC, which provides Intellectual Property Rights Strategy, and originates, structures and implements capital formation, joint ventures and business alliances.

Our e-clips site has clips from three separate discussions with McGovern. The first two cases are interviews with McGovern where he discusses his professional and legal background and also shares stories from national and international business ventures.

More recently, e-clips captured a panel discussion that was given by Cornell University professor Harold Craighead and McGovern. The two discussed challenges in nanotechnology and biotechnology and also shared information about KX Industries.

See the McGovern case

McGovern Capital is one of three owners of KX Industries. The company has developed a revolutionary nanotech microbiological water filter that incorporates anti-bacterial and anti-viral agents into its structure. The company's goal is to produce a full range of water filter products that effectively produce sterile, chemically-purified water from virtually any water source.

With water-borne diseases causing approximately 2.2 million deaths and 4 billion cases of GI disease in the world annually, KX Industries is poised to truly change the world.

Read more about KX Industries

Monday, February 13, 2006


Welcome to the official blog affiliated with Cornell University's e-clips website!

What is e-clips?
On Tuesday, February 7, 2006, the e-clips team launched a newly designed website to enable educators, students and entrepreneurs to more easily access our outstanding collection of video on business, entrepreneurship and leadership.

The e-Clips collection was crafted by Dr. Deborah Streeter and contains thousands of video clips that were created from in-depth video interviews or presentations by entrepreneurs and other experts involved with supporting entrepreneurship and small businesses. Interviewees include startup and experienced entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, bankers, angel investors, and employees of startup companies.

Take a look at the collection: View e-clips

Why an e-clips blog?
We will use this blog to provide additional information on:

  • New content recently added to the e-clips site
  • Latest news and updates on entrepreneurs in our database
  • How to get more from your e-clips experience
  • Tech tips for using clips and e-clips value-added products in the classroom setting
  • Teaching philosophy related to the use of digital media in education

Want more?

We encourage you to post comments! Let us know what you want to see. Our mission is to provide you with the most useful e-clips experience!

e-clips - where the leaders of today teach the leaders of tomorrow