The Last Day of DSV

Brendan Quinlan/ August 9, 2014/ 2014

by Caleb Ellis While formal schooling inevitably has an end, an education does not. Learning, practicing, and growing are all parts of our intellectual socialization. Gaining knowledge allows us to be better at our day jobs, more interesting at dinner parties, and, in many ways, better people. Duke in Silicon Valley certainly did that. I can confidently say that I

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Netflix Site Visit

Brendan Quinlan/ August 9, 2014/ 2014

by Kitt Rosenfield We arrived at Netflix’s Los Gatos campus, a series of beautiful Spanish-style buildings topped with red clay tiles that blend into the picturesque California backdrop, early in the afternoon on Monday. This was to be our final site visit, capping off a whirlwind tour of some of the country’s most innovative companies that call Silicon Valley home.

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eBay Site Visit

Brendan Quinlan/ August 9, 2014/ 2014

by Dhrumil Patel After arriving at the wrong eBay campus (South campus – which seemed really cool as well), my group arrived at the North campus to meet the rest of the DSV kids. Initially, this campus looked incredibly high-tech and modern. Upon entering we were all given name badges and we were greeted by Sadey Kindt, the University Recruiting

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Google Site Visit

Brendan Quinlan/ August 9, 2014/ 2014

by Peter Kann As an avid fan of all things Google, this site visit was by far my most anticipated, but I don’t think any of us were prepared for what we saw upon entering the Googleplex, the core of Google’s massive headquarters in Mountain View.  Giant steel shark fins came out of the sidewalks, flowers and trees covered the

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Apple Site Visit

Brendan Quinlan/ August 9, 2014/ 2014

by Ethan Levine We finally made it: the Mecca of the tech world. Even if you had no one told you beforehand what company was headquartered at 1 Infinity Loop, I’m sure you could guess which company it was just by the look of the smooth, sleek, and imposing building and the atmosphere it created. While not our only major

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DSV Video Filming

Brendan Quinlan/ July 27, 2014/ 2014

by Sid Gopinath We have a pretty cool video in the works for all of you blog viewers. On the afternoon of Monday, July 21, after an incredible life coaching session with Patty Leeper, all of the DSV students packed into cars and drove over to LinkedIn headquarters. LinkedIn had graciously allowed us to use a space in one of

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LinkedIn Site Visit

Brendan Quinlan/ July 27, 2014/ 2014

by Regan Fiascone If there’s one way a company can win us over, it’s with free food. LinkedIn got off on the right foot when they opened up their headquarters to us on Monday night to film a video documentary about DSV. We were able to hangout in their lounge area and eat dinner at their cafeteria while taking turns

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Shea Di Donna and Nicholas Zaldastani

Brendan Quinlan/ July 21, 2014/ 2014

by Sierra Smith and Brian Bolze It’s one thing to tour a company’s headquarters, but it’s quite another to talk openly with someone who has many years of first hand experience in the industry.  This past Thursday morning, we took a break from class and had the opportunity to listen to two Duke alumni share experiences from their careers and

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Tesla Site Visit

Brendan Quinlan/ July 21, 2014/ 2014

by Jack Heller Tesla has a Willy Wonka-esque appeal to our generation.  Elon Musk is one of the most interesting entrepreneurs in the modern world, and the success of Tesla has been unique.  As our professor said, Tesla is an extremely rare example of a company that enters a market and almost immediately rises to a sustaining, rather than a

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SurveyMonkey Site Visit

Brendan Quinlan/ July 18, 2014/ 2014

by Matthew Chambers After a busy morning of class and working diligently on our respective research papers, the group reconvened in the lobby of a sleek, glass building across from the Palo Alto train station. Upon entering through the large double doors, we were all immediately struck by the high vaulted ceilings, which rose above an assortment of tables and

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