Final advice from our professor, Matthew Christensen

Brendan Quinlan/ June 14, 2013/ 2013

The program is over. A hint of sadness lingers as this indescribable chapter of our life has passed. LDOC was yesterday and for all of us, I can assure the last class felt bittersweet. At exactly 9 AM, Matt Christensen, our professor, briskly walked into a class of sleep-deprived students who had worked throughout the night to finish our papers

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Meeting Eddy Cue

Brendan Quinlan/ June 9, 2013/ 2013

Eddy Cue is Apple Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services and is a member of Apple’s ten-person senior management team. He is a 24-year Apple Veteran and played a major role in creating the Apple online store in 1998, the iTunes Music Store in 2003 and the App Store in 2008. Today he oversees Apple’s content stores including the iTunes Store,

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Oh the places you’ll go, and the people you’ll meet…

Brendan Quinlan/ June 5, 2013/ 2013

Duke in Silicon Valley is one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve had in my time at Duke. As a rising senior, I am so grateful for the opportunities and guidance this program provides as starting my career becomes more of a reality. The lessons we learn in class, the speakers who share their knowledge with us, and the on-site

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The Value of Networking

Brendan Quinlan/ June 4, 2013/ 2013

While visiting companies and gaining insight from speakers of eclectic career paths, I couldn’t help but consider the daunting idea of “life after college.” As we all embark on the final years of our college careers, the real world that had always been this far-off dream is suddenly our impending reality. Studying and dedicating much of our lives to the

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What Really Matters

Brendan Quinlan/ June 4, 2013/ 2013

A crucial part of the Duke in Silicon Valley (DSV) program is exploring our passions. Students applied to this program for a wide variety of reasons, including learning how to build a company, being immersed in the entrepreneurial spirit of the Bay Area, and taking advantage of the opportunity to spend a summer on the West Coast. Although all of

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Finding your focus

Brendan Quinlan/ June 4, 2013/ 2013

For the past several weeks we’ve been meeting with various Duke alumni from lots of innovative companies in the Bay area to hear about their professional and personal experiences. Last Friday we got to have one of these sessions with our Program Director, Kimberly Jenkins, who in addition to founding and planning the Duke in Silicon Valley program has an

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A Day in the Life

Brendan Quinlan/ June 4, 2013/ 2013

Hello readers! Amidst the speakers and site visits, you might have been wondering: what’s the typical day like at Duke in Silicon Valley? I’m here to answer from my own experiences and hopefully will provide a peek into our lives here. Our days start off fairly early. My roommate Shadi and I are usually awake by 7:30am in our Oakwood apartment

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…and the Giants WIN!

Brendan Quinlan/ June 4, 2013/ 2013

It was a beautiful day to be at the ballpark. The Saturday before last, DSV traveled to AT&T Park in the heart of San Francisco to watch the San Francisco Giants take on the Colorado Rockies, the second game in a three-game series.  We left the apartment complex early that morning (for college kids, that means 11), walking first to

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Measuring Your Life

Brendan Quinlan/ June 4, 2013/ 2013

Our time in Silicon Valley has been inspirational.  We are surrounded by some of the most successful companies in the world and the individuals who built them.  I will take the liberty of speaking for my classmates and say that for many of us this program has significantly shifted our career goals and clarified what we want to accomplish after

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Talk with Kimberly Jenkins

Brendan Quinlan/ June 3, 2013/ 2013

Last Friday, we had the privilege of listening to the founder of our program Kimberly Jenkins share some of her stories and insight. One of the clearest messages that shone through this meeting was the significance and importance of connecting the dots between your career and your passions. The meeting started promptly after our usual case based class with Matt

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