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How to Try to Be Optimistic About the Election Results

I spoke to my colleagues today about some reasons I am trying to remain optimistic: 1. Reagan was called the next Hitler, but he turned out OK 2. The power of the US president is limited, e.g. Obama tried to make certain immigration policies that got shut down by the...

Self-Education Program

Cross-posted: After being named one of the 1 of top 6 finalists from hundreds in a competition to shadow Dave McClure of 500 Startups, Jennifer created her own self-education program that involved meeting with and interviewing successful entrepreneurs and founders,...

Steve Jobs and the Meaning of Work

I was in the Bay Area when Steve Jobs died. When I found out it had happened, I was sitting outside a Stanford ETL (Entrepreneurial Thought Leadership) session watching the simulcast with others and checking out Twitter updates on my laptop. A couple minutes later,...

Peter Thiel on Entrepreneurship & What To Do With Your Life

During my self-education program in Silicon Valley, I was fortunate enough to be part of a panel discussion at Stanford University with Peter Thiel (Founder of Paypal and early investor in Facebook and Linkedin) where I got to ask him my questions on stage. I wanted...

A Day with the CEO of Kiva, Matt Flannery

After about 4 months spent in the San Francisco Bay Area getting to know the entrepreneurial scene, it hit me. If you name almost any famous tech entrepreneur in the Valley, during my time here, I’ve either seen them speak and met them in person, had a meeting...

Life and Career as a Series of Tests

I had the amazing opportunity of meeting with John Krumboltz at Stanford this afternoon. John is a sort of ‘meta’ figure in the field of career counseling – he counsels career counselors on how to do career counseling. When I first learned about him and his work, I...

Career Advice to my Former Self

I’ve decided to write this blog post in response to the messages about career advice that I’ve been getting from students in their final year in the university program that I graduated from. Specifically, from one girl who encouraged me to pursue my startup upon...

The Best Blueprint for Life is That There is No Blueprint

I read an article titled "Blueprint for a Woman's Life". I have read a lot of articles similar to this - ones that purport a certain sequence of steps to get to a certain level of accomplishment in life. I am here to tell you that I wholeheartedly disagree with these...