What We Learned: DSV in Three Words

Brendan Quinlan/ June 22, 2018/ 2018

It feels as though it was just yesterday that we were meeting each other, making our first trip to Safeway, and touring the Plug and Play Tech Center where we would have class for the next month.  We were in awe, curious, and invigorated by Mountain View’s beautiful and homey scenery and by the remarkable list of companies we were

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Bringing it all together: Lessons from Silicon Valley

Brendan Quinlan/ June 21, 2018/ 2018

As our Duke in Silicon Valley experience comes to a close, I am ready to go home, but also reluctant to leave this amazing place and program. These past four weeks have been challenging, thought-provoking, exhausting, invigorating, incredibly valuable, and everything in between. We have spent days tested by Professor Azhar in class, bonding with my classmates on long bus

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DSV Week Four: Embrace the Impossible

Brendan Quinlan/ June 19, 2018/ 2018

“It’s not a course. It’s an experience.” These are the words we see on the screen every day we walk in our class that teaches us how to build and sustain a successful enterprise. These words could not be more true. Since starting Duke In Silicon Valley, I have been introduced and exposed to many things inside and outside of

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DSV Week Three: Tell Your Own Story

Brendan Quinlan/ June 8, 2018/ 2018

“Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.” -Rumi I share this quote not only because Rumi has been the resounding poetic voice throughout our course with Professor Azhar, but also because its message, to tell your story, has been repeated by everyone we’ve met here in Silicon Valley. As humans, storytelling is

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DSV Week Two: Empathy in Design, Vintner’s Daughter, Carbon 3D

Brendan Quinlan/ June 4, 2018/ 2018

“Choose someone you hate. Now, put yourself in their shoes and reason why they would act this way.” Many of the volunteers who took on this task at the start of class had a difficult time setting aside one’s emotional bias against the hated person. Professor Azhar started our ethnography section of our course with this request. We learned that

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DSV Week One: First Day of Class, Palantir, Stanford

Brendan Quinlan/ May 31, 2018/ 2018

Duke in Silicon Valley has been off to a great start!  Starting off with the class with Prof. Azhar was a great and unconventional experience.  He put us on the spot and made us think unconventionally – all part of his goal to simulate what it’s like to be a part of a startup.  I think that we were all

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