Friday, October 31, 2008

Jason O'Neill Featured on "Inspire Me Today"

When most people think about young entrepreneurs, college students starting dorm room businesses or recent graduates taking an entrepreneurial path come to mind. A young entrepreneur following a slightly different path is 12 year old Jason O'Neill, who started his business, Pencil Bugs, at age 9. On November 1, 2008, Jason O'Neill will be the featured Inspirational Luminary on (Profile Link)

Pencil Bugs are bug-shaped pencil toppers, and each Pencil Bug is handmade and includes a certificate of authenticity with its name and date of birth. O'Neill made his first bug as a way to make school more fun. The idea caught on, and soon he had created a business. In this clip, Jason O'Neill talks about his role in the Pencil Bugs company:

Even though it wasn't always easy, O'Neill stuck with his business, and his efforts have been paying off. Pencil Bugs is growing and producing additional products, and O'Neill has been recognized with many honors and awards, including the Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award which he was the youngest person to ever win. In the following clip, O'Neill talks about the importance of perseverance:

To see the rest of O'Neill's interview and other inspirational young entrepreneurs, visit eClips.

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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Twitter Updates

Recent Twitter updates:
  • 15:40 Want to learn about negotiation? New content from Kathleen O'Connor has been loaded: #
For more news and updates, visit eClips.

Monday, October 27, 2008

eClips News Update

The entrepreneurs and business leaders in the eClips collection are often in the news for their many accomplishments. The eClips blog will post weekly updates with links to let you know when your favorite eClips personalities are are up to something new and exciting!
  • Ratan Tata has given a $50 million endowment to Cornell University to establish the Tata Scholarship Fund for Students from India and the Tata-Cornell Initiative in Agriculture and Nutrition. (Article link)
  • Kevin McGovern is another Cornell alumnus who recently gifted Cornell with $7.5 million to establish the Kevin M. McGovern Family Center for Venture Development in the Life Sciences. (Article link)

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Twitter Updates

Recent Twitter updates:
  • 09:25 Jonelle Bradshaw is now on eClips. "It's really important not to take just a linear approach to your career." #
For more news and updates, visit eClips.

Monday, October 20, 2008

eClips Update

The eClips team has been working hard, and we have recently posted cases for five new entrepreneurs on our site.
"I think increasingly, that line between for profit and nonprofit is a permeable one."
Bruce McNamer
"We were having conversations sitting on tires in Kibera which is the largest slum in East Africa, that were the exact same conversations our teams were having with Wal-Mart buyers."
Justin DeKoszmovsky
"If you don't have any mistakes, it means you're not taking any risks."
Daniel Hesse
"You have to be willing to take on challenging tasks and not get deterred when things don't go your way."
Paul George
"In many places around the world, having a job, having an income is not a question of a better future for children or family. It's a basic question of survival."
Stephen Kaplitt
For more on these entrepreneurs, visit eClips and check out their videos.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Twitter Updates

Recent Twitter updates:
  • 10:23 Daniel Hesse is loaded. Quote: "If you don't have any mistakes, it means you're not taking any risks." #
For more news and updates, visit eClips.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Blog Action Day 2008

eClips is proud to be participating in Blog Action Day 2008. Blog Action Day is an annual collaborative blogging project, bringing together thousands of bloggers from around the world to raise awareness and increase discussion.

This year, Blog Action Day is encouraging bloggers to think about poverty. eClips has created a special page to highlight the entrepreneurs from our collection that work to alleviate poverty. Click here to visit our special website and see our favorite clips that touch upon the issue of poverty. The page also contains links to each entrepreneur's full interview so you learn more about the activities and impact that entrepreneurs have on poverty.

Many entrepreneurs set out to change the world, and author David Bornstein has compiled the many ideas and actions into the bestselling book How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas. Any aspiring social entrepreneur should read the book for inspiration on how to start changing the world. In his eClips interview, David discusses the impact of microfinance, which was first publicized in Bangladesh by Nobel Peace Prize recipient Muhammad Yunus. Though the concept of microcredit started out in one small area, the idea was later spread his idea to the whole world. Today it is easy for anyone to lend money for microloans, thanks to entrepreneur Jessica Flannery and Kiva.

eClips also has content from entrepreneurs working on a smaller scale to improve the lives of members in their communities and provide opportunities for people to rise up against poverty. Entrepreneur Sean Basinski gave up a career in investment banking to work with street vendors in New York City. Natalie Chanin used an unconventional source of labor when starting her apparel business and provided jobs to women in poverty stricken areas.

eClips recognizes the impact of forward thinking entrepreneurs and encourages you to watch their clips for inspiration and motivation to cause positive change. Visit our Blog Action Day site to learn more about the entrepreneurs mentioned here and the other entrepreneurs that work hard to allievate poverty.


Monday, October 13, 2008

Summer Update from Student Mac Bishop

The following blog post is from Mac Bishop, a Cornell student who did eClips interviews over the past summer:

My advisor, Professor Streeter described eClips and proposed some summer interviewing opportunities. I am from the Portland, Oregon, so we thought- hey why not add to eClips already superb geographical diversity? I went home with a goal to interview recent college graduates (within the past ten years) and hear their career exploration process. We also wanted to portray an Oregon theme by concentrating on local businesses like Dakine, Nike, Kryptiq and Pendleton Woolen Mills.

I will now briefly describe the process and a little about the interviews. I started by calling and sending letters to family friends who could provide a unique Oregon themed interview. After these letters were sent out, we worked to set up interview dates. Eventually, Liam Hoban of Adidas Soccer, Luis Machuca of Kryptiq, and Mort Bishop of Pendleton Woolen Mills agreed.

A family friend, Liam Hoban grew up in Oregon and attended Cornell University where he played soccer. His passion for sports has led him to work for Adidas in Portland (the North American Headquarters). In Liam’s interview he talks about establishing an identity, finding a passion, and the work/play balance. College students will find it useful and stress relieving. Click here to view the clips from Liam's interview.

My good buddy’s dad, Luis Machuca started Kryptiq, a software company that “enables healthcare providers and health plans to utilize and share vital information effectively”. Luis is one of the most business and tech savy people I know. If there is a man that can do it all, it is Luis Machuca. Listen to Luis’s interview and learn about his success and how he worked to get there.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

New eClips

eClips has recently added new interviews to the collection, and there are now over 12,000 clips on the site!

There is a new interview with Sharon Dauk in which she discusses executive coaching. She recently began a new executive coaching business, and she talks about her approach to coaching and the role of an executive coach. Previously, Sharon was the founder and Managing Director of Dauk/Wagner Investments.

Another new entrepreneur just added to eClips is Andrew Tisch. He is co-chairman of the board, and chairman of the Executive Committee, of Loews Corporation. In addition, Andrew is a philanthropist who believes in giving back to the community. Recently, Andrew and his wife Ann gave a $35 million gift to Cornell University to establish the Tisch University Professorships. (Article Link)

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