Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Welcome to Rui's World

Greetings and welcome to the student section of the eClips blog. My name is Rui Zhang and over the next few months I will be blogging here on a weekly basis.

I have always felt that I have had entrepreneurial spirit in my blood because my father is a very successful entrepreneur in China and I have been endowed with a sense for great business ideas growing up inside his business circle. But I decided to take a different career path because it’s more exciting for me to jump out of the circle that I’m familiar with and to learn something new. That’s why I’m here at Cornell University, enrolled in the Master of Public Administration program - hoping to become the next president of the P.R.C or the next Secretary of the United Nations. Well, just joking… but you see where I’m heading.

Working with the eClips project as a media lab assistant for almost five months ignited my passion for entrepreneurial stories again. I have learned so much just by listening to the video clips on the eClips website and have had the opportunity to learn even more by interviewing student entrepreneurs who are running successful businesses of their own while studying here at Cornell.
Since I’m an international student, my blog will take a more international approach. I look forward to introducing you to the outstanding entrepreneurs around the world and sharing with you their secrets of success.

I hope you will enjoy reading my entries and also enjoy your experience with the eClips collection.

By Rui Zhang

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Welcome to Miller Time!

Greetings and welcome to the student section of the eClips blog. My name is Allen Miller and over the next few months I will be blogging here on a weekly basis.

In this first blog, I would like to tell you a little about myself and where I see the blog headed this semester. To be completely honest, I’m not entirely sure how this blog is going to fit in to the larger framework of the eClips site or how people are going to use it. This is the first time we’re communicating to the outside community in such a way, and so I’m just going to sort of experiment with a number of ideas. What I do know, is that the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well here at Cornell, and eClips is doing a great job of fostering that spirit. In successive blogs I’m going to show you a number of cool features on eClips, but first here’s a little about me.

I was born in Baltimore, Maryland on a cold, miserable day in May of 1989. Although I only lived in Baltimore for a grand total of two months, I’d like to say that I’ve got the east coast genes in my blood. Even now, in the middle of winter, you’ll often see me walking around in a sweater and flip-flops. Anyhow, my parents relocated to Los Angles shortly after my birth and I spent all of my childhood and adolescence in the city of angels. After eighteen years in the temperate west, I decided to come back east to Ithaca and attend Cornell. Currently, I’m a freshman in the College of Arts and Sciences, scheduled to graduate in the spring of 2011. For the longest time I was undecided as to what I would major in, but I’m starting to lean towards Economics and Information Science.

Outside the classroom, I’m involved in a number of extracurricular activities. I’m currently a Cornell Presidential Research Scholar and am doing my research under Professor Deborah Streeter. I am also the co-founder and current President of the Cornell Technology Initiative. During rush week, I ended up accepting a bid at Kappa Delta Rho and am currently going through the pledge process. For all you prospective students out there, I’m a member of the Red Carpet Society, so if you want to spend a night or two at Cornell and see what it’s really all about send me an email. Athletics were a huge part of my life back in high-school, but with all my current time commitments I’m forced to accept a more limited schedule. Usually, in the afternoon, you’ll find me in the weight room or on the basketball court—my two primary forms of exercise. On a personal note: I’m laid back and very approachable, so if you see me around campus feel free to say "hi" (email is also a great alternative).

So what will I be blogging about? The truth is I don’t know. As I mentioned earlier, we’re doing this for the first time so there is bound to be some experimentation and perhaps a little trial and error. Needless to say, I do have a number of ideas that I would like to discus in a forum-style setting. I plan on spending a good amount of time talking about information in eClips that I find useful. I would also like to talk about my own thoughts and experiences with the concept of entrepreneurship. In later blogs, I will have guest bloggers come in and post their own thoughts in my place. Most importantly, I am open to suggestions. If you have an idea for the blog send it my way.

I think that’s about it for know. Next week I’ll be writing the first real blog, so check back later for more thoughts. In the meantime I encourage you to browse around and explore eClips — you are sure to find something of interest in our site.

Allen Miller

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Montel Williams Gets Some Glamour!

Montel Williams selected Rachel Doyle, president and founder of GlamourGals, from thousands of nominees as one of the five finalists in the Voices 2008 campaign. The "Voices" campaign demonstrates that one woman can make a difference and that "one voice can lead to a chorus of change".

Rachel appeared on the February 22, 2008 episode of the Montel Williams show to discuss the inspiration behind her GlamourGals organization which relies on teen volunteers to visit the elderly and help bring them cheer and beauty.

Click below to hear the "Meet Rachel Doyle" video created by the eClips team from an earlier interview with Rachel.

Interested in hearing Rachel Doyle speak more about the GlamourGals organization and her journey as an entrepreneur? Click here to hear Rachel's comments captured in the eClips collection.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Snack Attack!

Allie's Edibles was featured on today's airing of The Rachael Ray Show as their "Snack of the Day".

Alison Gerlach, the "Allie" behind Allie's Edibles is a lifelong chocolate and sweets enthusiast. As a passionate amateur chef, Allie began to experiment with creations that combined the best ingredients in original recipes that satisfied her discriminating taste for treats. The results of Allie’s quest are six scrumptious Indulgent Comfort Sweets that are available to the public in distinctive, customizable packaging. These sweet treats were the ones featured on today's Rachael Ray Show.

Interested in hearing Alison Gerlach discuss her journey as an entrepreneur? Click here for eClips from both her interview and lecture.