Wrapping it up: Seven lessons from the DSV program

Brendan Quinlan/ July 5, 2017/ 2017

I cannot write this blog post without first expressing my deep gratitude towards those that made it possible. This program was transformative for me. I know it was transformative for other students in the program as well. Thank you to Kevin (Program Director), Megan (Assistant), Emilie (Assistant), Professor Azhar, all the guest speakers, the host companies, and the generous donors who

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One day I’ll go to Heaven… I’ll look around and say, “It ain’t bad but it ain’t San Francisco” – Herb Caen

Brendan Quinlan/ June 26, 2017/ 2017

Our last week felt like a whirlwind as last-weeks often do. Monday was a bit shortened, which allowed us all to catch up on our work and enjoy the divine California sun. We also heard from a former Duke engineer-now entrepreneur- whose first words were “Don’t record anything I’m about to tell you!”. Despite his warning, he did not divulge

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Silicon Valley – A Mindset, Not a Location

Brendan Quinlan/ June 15, 2017/ 2017

…..Don’t be afraid to fail….. ….There are 2 steps to success: 1. write it down 2. go do it…. ….100% intention, only then will you have execution….. ….I wanted to love what I do, and so I followed my passion….  Sounds inspirational? Motivating? Well, safe to say this is what has been ringing in every student’s ear at DSV this

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Passion Leads to Purpose

Brendan Quinlan/ June 9, 2017/ 2017

These past two weeks have been filled with excitement as we have learned from some of Silicon Valley’s most influential figures.  Thursday, we were fortunate enough to meet with Duke Alumni, Greg Badros, Founder of Prepared Mind Innovations Inc., Melissa Dalis a data scientist, Ryan Toussaint a software engineer, Suyash Kumar another software engineer at Uber, and Ryan Callback the

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Learning Success: The Ultimate Non-Recipe

Brendan Quinlan/ June 8, 2017/ 2017

The Duke in Silicon Valley program is always busy. From 8:25am bus departures, three-hour classes, site visits, and guest speakers to dinners, Giants games, and hectic rush-hour Caltrain rides, no day is uneventful. Yesterday, however, was even more eventful than usual. The normal morning class at Plug and Play was supplemented with not one but two VC guest speakers and

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Idea Couture Visit

Brendan Quinlan/ June 6, 2017/ 2017

Last Wednesday we visited Idea Couture’s office in San Francisco. Idea Couture is an innovation consulting firm that works with Fortune 100 and 200 companies. Their consultants utilize product design techniques such as rapid prototyping and 2×2 matrices to come up with ideas for how their clients can innovate aspects of their businesses. During our visit, we met with Nick

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Silicon Valley: The Light of the Future

Brendan Quinlan/ June 2, 2017/ 2017

Ever since I set foot in the Bay, I was swept away by the energy and creativity. Even the first sunset had the finesse of a painter, coloring the skies in wide swaths of pink, orange and purple in ways that the New York skies had never shown me. I felt at home. Our first visit to Tesla blew my

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