Monday, July 28, 2008

What is an Entrepreneur?

What is an entrepreneur? The question seems simple, but defining entrepreneurship is anything but straightforward. Some people believe that entrepreneurship is something that can be taught, while others believe it is something that a person is born with. Some people think that to be defined as an entrepreneur, a person must start her own company, while there are others who consider themselves entrepreneurs even though they work for others.

During the week, we’ll be posting clips of entrepreneurs sharing their thoughts on what an entrepreneur is, and what qualities and skills entrepreneurs need to thrive. To start the week, we have a clips from Dave Pelletier in which he describes what being an entrepreneur is not.

To see more clips from Dave Pelletier, listen to his interview in eClips. We’ll be posting a new clip every day this week, so visit our YouTube channel to see them all. If you can’t wait until the clips are on YouTube, or to check out the hundreds of other clips on this topic, explore entrepreneurship on the eClips site.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Social Networking For Success

For an entrepreneur, social networking is vital for success. With the rise of websites such as Facebook and LinkedIn, networking is now as easy as clicking a few buttons...

In an article published in the July 21, 2008 New York Times, journalist David Carr includes a quote from Chamath Palihapitiya, vice president of Facebook. Palihapitiya states, “We are not going to help you close a deal, but Facebook is a social utility that is relevant in many contexts, including business. As you get older, there is this huge tapestry of your life, with many inflection points from where you went to school and the jobs you had, and as more and more people connect with you, it rapidly increases the utility.”

During this week, we’ll be sharing clips about the beginnings of online networking, maintaining relationships online, the future of social networking, and how to bring it back to the real world. To begin, we have a clip from Marissa Goodman on networking and success.

To see more clips from Marissa Goodman, listen to her interview in eClips. We’ll be posting a new clip every day this week, so visit our YouTube channel to see them all. If you can’t wait until the clips are on YouTube, explore the networking topics and themes on the eClips site.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Tim Gunn Makes It Work

“There are things that one can do to get what one wants, but it requires work, it requires tenacity, and it requires an incredible amount of passion about what you do and how you do it.” - Tim Gunn

The fifth season of Project Runway premieres on Bravo tonight, and Tim Gunn will be back to mentor the designers. On the show, he is known for his impeccable taste and candid critiques of the designers work. Fans of the show look forward to seeing Gunn’s reactions to the designers' outfits, and the interesting descriptions he uses while assessing some of the more outlandish creations. Gunn is currently the Chief Creative Officer for Liz Claiborne Inc., and previously spent 25 years at Parsons The New School for Design, where he served as the chair of fashion design since 2000.

In 2006, Gunn gave the keynote address at "Glamour In The City," an event which raised funds to support the not-for-profit organization, Glamour Gals. eClips was there to capture his remarks about his background and experiences with Parsons and Project Runway.

Viewers of Project Runway know that Gunn often recites his famous catchphrase “make it work.” In this clip, Gunn explains how the phrase evolved, and where the idea of make it work comes from.

To hear more comments from Tim Gunn, listen to his interview in eClips.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Metanomics' Host Robert Bloomfield Interviews Christian Renaud

eClips has partnered with Metanomics host Robert Bloomfield to present clips of his interview with Christian Renaud that took place on June 30, 2008 in Second Life.

Until recently, Christian Renaud was the Virtual Architect of Networked Virtual Environments for the Cisco Technology Center. During the interview, Bloomfield asked Renaud about Cisco's interest in virtual environments, Renaud's thoughts on the future of virtual worlds and Renaud's recent decision to leave his position at Cisco to lead some startup ventures on his own.

"Metanomics" refers to the study of the business and policy aspects of the "metaverse" of virtual worlds. Metanomics can focus on issues arising within virtual worlds, such as how developers manage the economy of a game world (like Second Life), or how residents of virtual worlds manage and regulate business. Metanomics also includes the study of how real-world businesses can use virtual worlds as part of their strategy, and how real-world law and regulation might apply to virtual-world activities.

Robert Bloomfield is the Nicholas H. Noyes Professor of Management and Professor of Accounting at the Cornell University Johnson Graduate School of Management. In September of 2007, Professor Bloomfield unveiled his new talk show, Metanomics, to TechCrunch. The concept of the show proposed an innovative goal – to discuss and dissect business and policy matters in the “Metaverse” of virtual worlds. Metanomics is primarily aired in the virtual world of Second Life; however, its scope is not limited to a single virtual realm and Professor Bloomfield is known to take the show to other worlds, such as Active Worlds, There, and Kaneva.

Interested in hearing more? Listen to Christian Renaud's comments in eClips.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

eClips Overview in a Podcast

Cornell University's Mann Library has created a new podcast page. On the site, they are featuring a podcast given on March 11, 2008 by Deborah Streeter's on the Cornell eClips Collection.

During the discussion, Streeter provides an overview of the collection, discusses the history of how it was developed, plays samples of clips to showcase the collection's diversity and shares how she uses it for educational purposes as a teaching tool in her lectures.